Sweet Potatoes with Pralines

Dive into the sweet and comforting world of Sweet Potatoes with Pralines, a dish that promises to be the star of any holiday table. This recipe artfully blends the natural sweetness of yams with the rich, velvety texture of a praline topping, delivering a delightful contrast in every bite. The smooth, whipped sweet potatoes, spiced with nutmeg and allspice, and combined with the crunch of pecan pralines, create a flavor profile that's as enticing as it is satisfying.


  • 4 pounds (six cups) yams
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup butter, melted (for mixture)
  • 1/3 cup cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 cup brown sugar (for topping)
  • 1/3 cup flour (for topping)
  • 1 cup pecans (for topping)
  • 1/3 cup butter, chilled (for topping)


Begin by preheating your oven to 350°F. While the oven warms, peel the yams and boil them until tender. Once cooked, mash the yams thoroughly in a large bowl. To the mashed yams, add the eggs, sugar, melted butter, cream, vanilla extract, nutmeg, and allspice. Whip these ingredients together until you achieve a fluffy texture.

Spread this mixture into a buttered baking dish, creating a smooth, even layer. In a separate bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour, and pecans. Cut in the chilled butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Evenly sprinkle this praline topping over the sweet potato mixture.

Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for 60–70 minutes. The topping should be caramelized and the edges golden brown. Serve this warm, praline-topped dish as a perfect complement to your main course, or as a decadent dessert. It’s a versatile recipe that serves 8.

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