‘Ol No. 7 Yams

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‘Ol No. 7 Yams ‘Ol No. 7 Yams

Jack Daniels adds a lovely subtle flavor, but don’t worry, the alcohol burns off during cooking.

Servings: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 1 hour 45 min
Difficulty: Easy

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1   long strip orange peel
1/3 cup No 7 Jack Daniels Bourbon
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1   3 to 4 inch cinnamon stick
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup brown sugar
3 cups water
4   large sweet potatoes





Wash and dry sweet potatoes and bake at 400 degrees for one hour, until potatoes are soft to the touch.  Remove from the oven and let cool slightly then remove skin from potatoes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees.  While the potatoes are baking, combine remaining ingredients in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 to 45 minutes until sauce is slightly thickened.  Slice the potatoes 1/2-inch thick into a medium casserole dish.  Pour syrup over them and return to the oven and bake for approximately 30 minutes.

Tip:  To make this dish faster, bake potatoes the night before, leave skin on and throw in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Recipe courtesy Paula Deen

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I made this dish and they were delicious..I decreased the water to 2 cups so my syrup was thicker.I baked the potatoes a day ahead and made the syrup the day of and it worked out well.. Great side!!

By Kathy Ferreira on February 18, 2013


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By Veronica Watkins on February 08, 2013


Your recipe would still retain 30% of the alcohol in the dish. A study conducted by the US Department of Agriculture’s Nutrient Data Laboratory in an articles called Alcohol retention in food preparation, by Augustin J, Augustin E, Cutrufelli RL, Hagen SR, Teitzel C., J Am Diet Assoc. 1992 Apr;92(4):486-8, calculated the percentage of alcohol remaining in a dish based on various cooking methods.

By Miguel on December 25, 2012


These are pretty good as is. I've made some modifications to the recipe -- adjust the proportions as you see fit! 4-5 lbs of sweet potatoes - cubed 3/4 cup fresh orange juice 1 orange, zested 1/4 cup bourbon 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg 5 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4" slices 1/3 cup orange marmalade 1/3 brown sugar 2 tablespoons sweet butter cut into bits salt, to taste 1/3 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped

By adaloulou on November 15, 2012


Are the Ol' No. 7 yams the same ones Paula serves at The Lady and Sons' buffet in Savannah?

By Linda Renner on November 06, 2012


Not good made this for thanksgiving I had to throw them out!

By Anonymous on November 25, 2011


The Ol no.7 yams are simply the best! This recipe is by far my favorite for yams. The yams are moist and sweet, they melt in your mouth. Ahhhh yum yum!

By catherine on November 23, 2011


Jack Daniels is NOT Bourbon. Come on Paula, you should know that!!!

By John on November 21, 2011


on your yams ingredients mwhat is jack daniels bourbon no7

By sarita davis on February 07, 2011


Fantastic, best sweet potatoes ever !! I made this recipe for Thanksgiving last year and got rave reviews from everyone ! Of course,I am making them again this year !! Thanks Paula!

By Anonymous on November 24, 2010


Made these for my parents and my dad said they tasted like ones his mom use to make!Very yummy!

By Anonymous on November 24, 2010


I'm not sure if this is the same recipe that Paula makes at "The Lady and Sons" or not. I made these and they were a hit. They didn't taste as good as the ones at the restaurant, but they were still good.

By stellanet on May 21, 2010


I made these for Thanksgiving and I thought they were to die for delicious. My only complaint was the sauce was too thin. Next time I try these I will either boil down the sauce or add more sugar so that it will get thick.

By Anonymous on May 17, 2010


Here's a tip, after baking for the final 30 minutes, cover the top of the yams with mini marshmallows, and return to the oven until the marshmallows are toasted! MMMMMM gooey goodness! (some in my family like pecans added in....just before pouring the sauce over the yams, stir chopped becans into the sauce, coating the pecans well)

By Anonymous on November 18, 2009


My name is Scott Hass and I love Paula's recipe for these yams. Its always requested at My Thankgiving Table and there is never any left!

By Anonymous on November 17, 2009


Tried this recipe last Thanksgiving and even my son who doesn't like sweet potatoes loved it. Had three guests ask for the recipe.

By RockiB on October 26, 2008

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