Can you substitute canned yams for sweet potato?

And can you use yams as a sweet potato substitute in your recipes? The short answer is no, you can‘t always substitute yams for sweet potatoes.

Are canned yams and sweet potatoes the same?

No, yams and sweet potatoes are not the same. Yams have rough, dark brown skin that is often compared to tree bark, and their flesh is dry and starchy like a regular potato. The popular canned yams that you see around the holidays are technically sweet potatoes.

How do you make sweet potato casserole from scratch?

How to make sweet potato casserole:
  1. Cook and peel sweet potatoes. Place them in a large pot and add enough water to the pot to cover the potatoes a little more than half way.
  2. Make filling. Add eggs, evaporated milk, vanilla, sugar, salt and butter and mash everything together until smooth.
  3. Smooth into casserole dish.
  4. Add pecan topping and bake.

Do you have to put eggs in sweet potato casserole?

Forget the Egg

The egg is the all-important binder in a sweet potato casserole: it enriches and stiffens the mixture without making it heavy.

How do you thicken up sweet potato casserole?

Mash the potatoes up with a potato masher to break up any large pieces. Mix the sweet potato mixture thoroughly until creamy. Mix in the brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg and butter. Add in the flour to thicken if needed and mix well.

How do I know if my sweet potato casserole is done?

Sprinkle the topping evenly over the sweet potato mixture, then pop it into the oven and let it bake for 40 to 45 minutes. You will know it’s done when the topping is lightly browned and the center of your casserole is set and firm.