Yams or Sweet Potatoes with Pineapple and Nuts

"This is a dish that we make every Thanksgiving and is quite easy and tasty. There usually isn't too much left. And the orange yam color adds some interest to the table. A lot of this recipe is dependent on the amount of yams and 'eyeballing it' so the measurements aren't always exact. This can also be made ahead of time and reheated. Servings are estimated as we make this for about 22 adults and 8 children under 8 yrs of age. Please note that if recipe is to be made ahead of time and reheated, it should be on the moist side since it will need the additional liquid during reheating."
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  • 5 lbs yams (or sweet potatoes)
  • 2 (20 ounce) cans crushed pineapple, in its juice
  • 1 -2 cup walnuts or 1 -2 cup pecans (whole, halved, or slightly chopped)


  • Peel yams and cut into thirds or quarters.
  • Place into boiling water and cook until soft, approximately 10-15 minutes.
  • Drain water and mash yams.
  • Add 1 can of crushed pineapple and mix well.
  • Continue adding crushed pineapple until mixture is quite moist.
  • Add nut pieces.
  • Note: Depending on the consistency, you may want to add a smaller can of crushed pineapple or pineapple juice instead of or in addition to the second can mentioned above.

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  1. I agree that it needed more seasoning. I added some salt, cinnamon, butter, maple syrup and milk. I varied the recipe a bit by first preparing the yams withough the pineapple and instead of using canned pineapple, I used fresh. First mash the potatoes and transfer them to a casserole dish. Add fresh pineapple to the top and bake at 450 until the pineapple begins to brown. To make it with a real Hawaiian taste, try macadamia nuts instead of pecans and walnuts. Just sprinkle on to before serving.
  2. Very nice way to prepare sweet potatoes. Very accurate method - my sweet potates were smooth and creamy. I enjoyed the flavors of the nuts & pineapple in this. The current instructions don't call for any seasonings at all,and after tasting, I felt it needed quite a bit of salt, pepper and cinnamon or nutmeg. I also think this would be nice served with some warm syrup on the side.


Current (9/07) review criteria: 5: WOW! This is something with which to impress the guest! 4: We really liked this and will make it again. Instructions were easy to follow. 3: Good basic recipe but needs something to make it a 4 for us and/or there is a problem with instructions. 2: We didn't like the flavor/taste/texture and/or there is a major problem with the instructions. 1: Inedible for us.
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