Tennessee Sippin’ Yams

Happy Monday! I am officially in the holiday mode around here! Sure, my only Christmas decoration consists of holly covered paper towels, but beggars can’t be choosers whilst living out of boxes.

Decor aside, lets not pretend the holidays aren’t all about the food. Decadent dinners, festive parties, heavy cocktails and cookies. All of which cannot be overlooked, not by any mere mortal with an appetite anyway. Overindulgence aside, this is the best time of year to whip out the old family favorites as well as to look into adding new ones to the standard rotation – which is exactly what my mom and I did over Thanksgiving.

Looking to put to use the impulsively purchased 5 pound bag of sweet potatoes, my mom scrounged into her vast collection of cookbooks and came up for air baring this recipe:


Straight out of one of the many Southern Living cookbooks that grace my moms cabinet, this recipe originally came, rather appropriately, from the Junior auxiliary of Clarksville, TN. Whiskey and sweet potatoes? Yes please.

*It is impossible to take a picture of mashed up potatoes covered in a butter and pecans and make it look anything but “rustic”. Don’t let the picture fool you, these are amazing.

Tennessee Sippin’ Yams

Tennessee Sippin Yams

(adapted from Southern Living: Homestyle Cooking)


For the Sweet Potatoes

  • 4 pounds sweet potatoes, cooked, peeled, and mashed
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup whiskey (Jack Daniel’s really is best…but then again, I am biased)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

For the Pecan Crumble

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup cold butter


For the Sweet Potatoes

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Butter a 2 1/2 quart casserole dish. Set aside.
  3. Combine sweet potatoes, butter, brown sugar, orange juice, whiskey, salt, and allspice in a bowl. Sweet Potatoes
  4. Spoon into casserole dish and top with pecan crumble
  5. Bake for 45 minutes or until crumble is lightly brown and bubbly around the edges

For the Pecan Crumble

  1. Combine brown sugar, pecans, and flour.
  2. Cut in butter until crumbly Pecan Crumble

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