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Thanksgiving Recipes: Whipped Yams

Thanksgiving:  Warm Family Traditions

Thanksgiving to me means love, family, food and wonderful memories.

Over the years as myself, sister Karen, and brothers Russell and Dennis, have moved away from home and raised our own families, there is one thing we can count on every other year when it is my family’s turn to get together for Thanksgiving:  an epic gathering of grandparents, siblings and cousins to celebrate our love for each other and gratitude for our blessings.


For many years (since the family has gotten so big) my parents have rented large “cabins” up in Heber Valley, Utah where we have all joined for a weekend of eating, outdoor fun, and football.  It’s organized chaos, but oh how we cherish these times together!

Whipped Yam Ingredients

We all have our beloved Thanksgiving recipes we contribute to the feast.  One of my favorites is Karen’s recipe for Whipped Yams.  If it wasn’t for pecan pie, I would literally skip dessert and just eat the whipped yams!  And leftovers?  Oh yeah, clear the way because these are mine!

Whipping Yams

Respect the Yam!

Yams and sweet potatoes are somewhat maligned holiday foods.  They are the ‘fruitcake’ of Thanksgiving.  You have to serve them  just to have something to make fun of because your Dad is the only one that will eat them.  It’s tradition!

Yams in baking dish

Not any more!  With this yummy dish, yams take their rightful place as one of the stars of the feast! It’s perfectly sweet to balance the savory flavors so prevalent in the main course.

Yams Whipped

Thanks Sis, for this wonderful holiday recipe I now make every year.  Try it!  And let me know how you liked it.

Whipped Yams

  • 3 large yams (boiled until tender then remove skins)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup butter (or to cut some calories and fat, use applesauce)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • just a pinch of salt if you like
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 T. cinnamon
Combine and whip first set of ingredients until smooth.  Spread into a baking pan or dutch oven.  Top mixture with melted butter.
Mix flour, brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over mixture evenly.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25
Serve warm and enjoy!

*Thanksgiving photo courtesy of flickr

  • November 11, 2015

    Awwww shucks! That IS a dandy recipe. Thanks for the shout out. I love you…and whipped yams.

    • November 11, 2015
      Janet Bowman

      Sis it’s one of my favorites! Love you!

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