Apple Yam Casserole


Last I checked, the “vegetables” category on this site was poorly lacking. Yet strangely the “desserts” category is fine. Plump, if you will. Luckily, this recipe tastes like a dessert but is filed under vegetables. Thanks to an amazing lemon butter sauce. I’m not really the type that will bake a yam and eat it will a little butter and salt and pepper. But if you add some apples and lemon butter sauce, it is just enough of a “disguise” that I love yams! This is one of those dishes that we make every year for Thanksgiving. A long-standing tradition . . . and my favorite way to eat yams.


5-6 yams

4 Jonathan or Granny Smith apples

1/2 cup butter

1 c sugar

1 t salt

2 c water

3 T cornstarch

2 t fresh-squeezed lemon juice


Rinse yams and place in a large pot. Cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Turn heat to medium and boil for 25-30 minutes, or until yams are fork tender. Drain off water and cool yams.


Meanwhile, make sauce by melting butter in saucepan over low heat. Add sugar, salt, water, cornstarch and lemon juice. Whisk until smooth. While stirring, cook over medium heat until mixture thickens and comes to a boil, about 5 minutes. Set aside.


Peel apples. Core and chop into bite-sized pieces. Peel yams and cut into chunks. Place yams and apples in buttered 9 x 13 baking dish. Pour sauce over yams and apples and bake at 350°F for 60 minutes.

This entry was posted in Side Dishes, The Good Food, Vegetables. Bookmark the permalink.

9 Responses to Apple Yam Casserole

  1. Lisa Cornwell says:

    My kind of vegetables, the ones you eat with sugar.

  2. Terri @ that's some good cookin' says:

    Ooooooo, this looks so good. My daughter got a recipe from one of her roommates last year that had apples and yams in it. I made the recipe and was, umm, disappointed. THIS recipe, however, looks pretty much perfect. The sauce looks outstanding! EXCITED! (It’s 2:30 in the morning and seems like a really great time to use lots of capitals and exclamation points…).

    • Carol says:

      Thanks Terri. I love the exclamation points!! Seriously, isn’t it a cool thing to find a vegetable recipe with butter and sugar in it? My kind of food! I hope you like them. Happy Thanksgiving!!

  3. Darlene says:

    Looks good cant wait to try it

  4. Sarah says:

    My mom’s been making this recipe (or at least a very similar one) for years. I love it. It introduced me to yams and sweet potatoes. The only difference she makes is that she uses Orange Juice instead of Lemon Juice. It curbs some of that tartness, but maintains the integrity of the dish.

  5. Sarah says:

    Also! I’ve started doing it in a crock pot. Just cutting the apples and yams into slices (rather than cubes) and layering them. I cook it on low for like 3-4 hours. It comes out amazing.

    • Carol says:

      It’s a great way to eat yams, isn’t it? I love the orange juice idea as well as the crock pot idea! Especially on a busy day like Thanksgiving. That would make things so much easier. Thanks for the tip!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Please type the following characters of this captcha image in the input box: Please type the characters of this captcha image in the input box