thanksgiving yam and apple bake - Color Me Meg

thanksgiving yam and apple bake

yam and apple bake holiday recipe dessert side dish thanksgiving

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thanksgiving yam and apple bake

thanksgiving yam and apple bake


  • {a dessert, cleverly disguised as a side dish}
  • 3ish large yams
  • 1 spice cake Mix
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 can comstock apple pie filling {or if as a dessert, do 2… see what happens.}
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cube butter
  • 1-2 cups pecans {say you like yours “with nuts”, we made the “girl” version = no nuts.}

what to do

cook yams in microwave till soft. {we wrap ours in a towel like a potato bag.} peel and place pulp in a large mixing bowl, mash with fork. add 1/2 cake mix, eggs and vanilla. stir well to combine. add the apple pie filling. place in a large, sprayed up casserole dish. in a small bowl, combine remaining cake mix, brown sugar and cinnamon. cut in the butter till mixture resembles cornmeal. add in chopped pecans and stir. sprinkle over top of your naughty yam mixture. bake 45 min @ 350 degrees. {keep covered for at least half the time, then remove foil to brown the top}. serve as a side with ham or turkey. enjoy!

this year feels a little weird, not gonna lie.  i mean, last year, we didn’t go home for thanksgiving because we were hoping it meant more time off for christmas, and it didn’t.

but we had my brother from l.a. come and we spent all day making food and watching the parade and it still felt like a holiday to remember….

i am already worried about feeling bored this weekend, so we’ve been making and baking to try to counteract, and we have plans to set up christmas and do some playing amid the work that is keeping us here… {this time, it’s my work…}

we took this to a family dinner on sunday for my uncle’s birthday.  he doesn’t really do “sweet stuff” and has -2% body fat… {he’s the san diego poster child that eats chia seeds and runs marathons and triathalons for funzies.} he’s an odd duck that way…

but, i knew he liked sweet potato, so i went for it.
and we were all eating it cold out of the dish by the evening’s end…

this is a recipe my mom gave me last year, and we love it.
last night i asked cc if he wanted to have “steak… and maybe some yams…”
he replied, “oh, you mean that dessert? so like, steak and dessert…?”
cause it kind of is….

what are YOU making this year…? 
cause in truth, we will probably be making a reservation…


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About Meg

I am Meg. A health and wellness coach, a color lover, and a wish-i-owned-a-house-er. My husband and I are self-declared foodies and LOVE cooking together and doing home projects. We blog about our [mostly] healthy food and DIY adventures from sunny Arizona with our 3 cutie kids. Email me at colormemegblog at gmail dot com to work with me!

2 comments on thanksgiving yam and apple bake

  1. Caprene
    November 20, 2012 at 11:07 pm (6 years ago)

    Yup, I'll be making this – perhaps tonight even, like an appetizer to the appetizers on Thanksgiving day.

  2. Linda Gangi
    November 27, 2012 at 3:03 am (6 years ago)

    Hi Meg…you have been chosen to be featured this Wednesday on Home Cooking. I hope you will stop by to say hi. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. Have a good week.