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How to Make the Best Bourbon Yams: A Recipe to Impress Your Guests

Updated: Nov 22, 2023

Instead of the same old yams, why not take it up a notch? There are many variations of this recipe, but this one really makes the best bourbon yams, creamy and sweet with a subtle twist — check it out!

A photo of the best bourbon yams topped with pecans.


7 tbsp. unsalted butter at room temperature, divided

6 sweet potatoes (4 pounds)

1/4 c. bourbon or whiskey

4 tbsp. brown sugar

Kosher salt

1 c. chopped pecans

3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon


1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly butter a 2-quart baking dish with 1 tbsp. butter.

2. Roast the yams on a rimmed baking sheet until a knife easily inserts into centers,

about 1 hour. Cool enough to handle, then remove and discard skins.

3. Coarsely chop potatoes and reduce oven temperature to 375°F.

4. Mash together the yams, bourbon, 2 tablespoons butter, and 1 tablespoon brown sugar in a bowl. Season with the desired amount of salt.

5. Transfer to the prepared baking dish.

6. Combine the pecans, cinnamon, the remaining 4 tablespoons butter, and 3 tablespoons of brown sugar in a second bowl. Sprinkle over potatoes.

7. Bake until warm and bubbly, about 30 to 35 minutes. Enjoy!

Note: You can substitute maple syrup for the brown sugar!

*This recipe is adapted from Country Living

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