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As you’re cleaning out your pantry, you’ll probably find a variety of foods.  Hopefully none too far expired though!  That’s always my biggest fear.  I hate the thought of wasting money by not eating what I’ve purchased.  However, I will admit I’m not a ‘best if used by’ ninja.  I still pop it open and if it looks good, smells good, and tastes good, we usually will still eat it.  But as I’ve cleaned out my pantry in the past, I do discover some odd items that I struggle to find a use for.  One of those things is Canned Yams, which my mother-in-law passed on to us.  So today, I’ve compiled a variety of ways to share with you on how best to use them.

Top 10 Things To Make Canned Yams

Top 10 Things To Make Canned Yams

  1. Whip up a batch of Sweet Potato Muffins.  Which also freeze well if you can’t eat fast enough.
  2. Sweet Potato Pie is always a good choice!  (Country songs don’t lie right?)
  3. Warm them up and top with a little butter, cinnamon and sugar.
  4. Add to a homemade soup.
  5. Bake them with onion and garlic.
  6. Mix with hash browns and eggs and fry like a pancake.
  7. Mash and add to a cupcake batter for flavor and to create a more moist cupcake.
  8. Add to your ice cream maker for your next batch of ice cream.
  9. Sweet potato bars.  There are lots of variations online if you google for a recipe.
  10. Black Eyed Sweet Potato Sliders

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Black Eyed Sweet Potato Sliders
  • patty:
  • 3 cups cooked black eyes peas (2-15oz cans)
  • 1½ cups sweet potato, mashed
  • 1-2 Tbsp tahini
  • spices/seasonings:
  • 1 tsp salt (add ¼ tsp at a time to taste)
  • ¾+ tsp spices (your choice! I used Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning, but Slap Yo Mama seasoning is good, too)
  • a few dashes fine black pepper
  • 2+ Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1-2 tsp oil (if baking, fold the oil into the patty mixture, if sautéing add the oil to the pan
  1. Bake, peel and mash your sweet potato. (Or drain and rinse the canned ones.)
  2. Add to large mixing bowl.
  3. Rinse and drain the black eyed peas. Add to large bowl along with the remaining patty ingredients.
  4. Using a large fork or potato masher - mash the contents of the bowl.
  5. If baking, heat oven to 350 degrees. If using stove top - heat 1 tsp oil in large saute or grill pan.
  6. Form slider patties - about golf ball sized scoops of mixture.
  7. Baking: 350 degrees for 15 minutes for sliders. Larger burgers take about 22 minutes.
  8. For sauté: cook about 3 minutes on each side - you want the outside to be toasty brown while the inside stays moist yet heated through.

So tell me, what’s your favorite way to make canned yams?

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This post currently has 17 responses.

  • monique s

    This sounds really yummy. A great comfort food recipe.

  • Peggy Nunn

    I love sweet potatoes and eat them often but I just eat them baked. I will have to try the other suggestions. thank you .

  • Deborah D

    All these recipes look and sound great.

  • Dana Rodriguez

    Never have been a fan. I think because my mom always made me eat them when I was a little girl. However the soup and the sliders sounds good! Thanks!

  • I might add this to the dinner roster this week!

  • Ashley Chassereau Parks

    Great ideas!! I love sweet potatoes! We have some fresh one’s I’m going to cube and bake with olive oil, tarragon, and salt tonight! I love the sweet potato pie and bars ideas. I’ve never made those… I’ll have to give it a try soon.

  • monique s

    That sweet potato pie looks great and I would love a slice right now

  • gala

    this is a true Southern soul food, we love it in a pie

  • gloria patterson

    As old as I I have never been creative with sweet potatoes these sound like a lot of great ways to enjoy sweet potatoes. I was watching video on face book with Michael Symons and he made sweet potatoes & black bean stew. I made it and loved it. So I am on a hunt for new ways to enjoy

  • Peggy Nunn

    I want to try the Black Eyed Sweet Potato Sliders. This would be really good for me. I like to substitute things for meat.

  • Donna

    That soup looks yummy! I like your ideas for using canned yams. I would love to try making sweet potato ice cream!

  • monique s

    I love that you can make a soup like this and it is great for leftovers and very handy for the kids to grab a bowl if hungry.

  • ellen beck

    Sweet Potatoes are good for you! We enjoy them mashed with butter and a bit of honey. Sweet potatoes make for a great side dish I think super good with pork or chicken/turkey. Love the pies but I do not make thm often.

  • Sarah L

    I like it simple: Warm them up and top with a little butter, cinnamon and sugar.

  • Jeanine Carlson

    Now I don’t think it’s fair that you list recipes titles but you don’t share the recipes. Dirty pool! 😉

  • Michelle S

    I typically buy fresh yams. I didn’t think about using canned for some of the recipes.

  • gloria patterson

    For some reason I have some can in my cabinet don’t remember buying them. Maybe for a holiday but never used. This gives me ideals on what to do with them I think the sweet potato slider would be good…………….. will try this weekend

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