Monday, November 21, 2011

Yam Mallow Crisp

The first Thanksgiving I spent with my husband's family, I decided to bring this and a cranberry salad (I'll post later). I mixed the dry ingredients and put them in a Ziploc.  I placed the cans, a bag of marshmallows, and the Ziploc in the dish I was going to use and just needed a stick of butter and a bit of orange juice to put it together.
My mother in-law is a wonderful cook but never made yams for their meals because neither of her kids liked them- which I learned the day I showed up at their home!  We had been dating for almost a year and it never came up that he didn't like yams/sweet potatoes! Guess who liked MY yams?? My hubs and his sister!  

My grandma found this in a newspaper . . . maybe Parade??  It is so good.  I like to double this recipe and bake in a 9x13 pan.  You can easily use/add fresh yams.  I wouldn’t use all fresh yams without adding some liquid and brown sugar.  Just peel and cut into 1-2 inch cubes and boil till soft then toss in syrup. I used fresh this time but it needed more liquid.  I will use more apple cider for Thanksgiving. 

Please excuse the iphone pictures. 
Yam Mallow Crisp
2- 1lb 1 oz Cans Yams
¼ cup Orange Juice (fresh is best or Simply Orange Juice is great)
¾ cup Flour
½ cup Sugar
1 tsp Cinnamon (I always add more!)
Dash of Salt
½ cup (1 stick) Butter, cold and diced
1 ½ cups Mini Marshmallows (I buy a large bag because there’s a good chance I’ll burn them)

Place yams in a 6x10 shallow baking dish.  Pour orange juice over the yams.  Combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt and mix/sift.  Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs (just give it a quick massage with your hands or use a whisk to cut it in); sprinkle over yams.  Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes, till bubbling.  Sprinkle with marshmallows. Broil until lightly browned.  Leave the oven open and watch. Don’t walk away!  

It's easy to put together ahead of time, just add 15 minutes or so to the cooking time.


After asking for a marshmallow all day, KD wouldn't touch the yams- he ate the broccoli first! Only after I threatened to put him in timeout did he take a bite and discover that he liked it.  KC, on the other hand, dug right in to everything.  I made the broccoli using Lauren's Feta and Dill Green Bean recipe. Which was good but I still prefer the green beans with it! The chicken was just chicken thighs that I had marinated in some olive oil salad dressing I had in the fridge and then grilled.  It's a great way to use up a few of the salad dressing bottles I have lingering in my fridge. I'll add a better picture at on Thanksgiving!


  1. Do you drain the yams? My grandma and mom used to make this recipe and we love it. Have you ever tried it in a crock pot?

    1. I do drain the Yams. Never in a crockpot! Makes sense that it would work though!