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Sweet Potato Casserole -Yams, molasses, maple syrup, walnuts

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Sweet Potato Yams casserole with molasses, maple syrup and walnuts is always a big hit at thanksgiving with my family. Its the one dish where I never seem to have any leftovers!

It is definitely on the sweet side and I think that is what makes it so perfect for a thanksgiving feast. Along side stuffing, mash potatoes, gravy, and peas, you create real delightful mix of tastes to accompany your juicy succulent turkey.

I like to use a mixture of molasses and maple syrup and you can vary this as you like. You can make it only with molasses or only with maple syrup, but I think a mixture of half half is better.

What is molasses?

Molasses is the dark, sweet syrup made during the extraction of sugars from sugarcane and sugar beets. During the sugar-making process, juice extracted from sugarcane or sugar beets is boiled down until the sugars crystallize and precipitate out. The syrup left over after crystallization is referred to as molasses. Typically, sugar cane juice undergoes three cycles of boiling and crystallization to extract as much sugar as possible. With each successive cycle, the leftover molasses contains less sugar. Molasses can vary in color, sweetness, and nutritional content depending on the variety or how much sugar has been extracted.

Cooking Method
Difficulty Intermediate
Prep Time: 1 hr Cook Time: 45 mins Rest Time: 15 mins Total Time: 2 hrs
Servings 12
Best Season

Yams smothered in molasses, maples syrup, and walnuts.

  • 1 1/2 kilogram Sweet potatoes, yams
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 jar molasses (550 grams)
  • 1-2 cup Maple syrup
  • 2 cups crushed walnuts
  1. How to make a sweet potato casserole, delicious very sweet yam side dishyams sweet potato casserole

    First peel all the yams and boil them until they are soft when you put a fork in them. 

    Drain and let cool.

    Melt the butter.

    Combine the molasses, maple syrup, brown sugar, and butter in a large bowl. Mix well.

    Once the yams are cool, start slicing them the long way into nice little circles. Place two layers in the casserole dish.

    Now sprinkle some crushed walnuts on top.

    Repeat this until the casserole dish is full. Then top with a lot of walnuts

    Pour the molasses mixture over the top.

    Place in the oven and cook for 45 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius (350 F). 

    Let cool and serve!

Nutrition Facts

Servings 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories 540kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g30%
Saturated Fat 10.1g51%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 138mg6%
Total Carbohydrate 93g31%
Dietary Fiber 6.5g26%
Sugars 43.5g
Protein 3.3g7%

Vitamin D 53 IU

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Keywords: Yams, sweet potatoes, molasses, maple syrup