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Chunky Yams and Apples

Chunky Yams and Apples is our favorite way to serve yams at Thanksgiving. A truly Southern style sweet yam side dish!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword yams
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 8


  • 4 yams about 8 cups cooked (after peeling)
  • 1 apple peeled, cored and chunked
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup brown sugar light or dark
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • dash salt
  • additional brown sugar for topping


  1. Place the yams, sliced in half, skin on, in a large pot of water.
  2. Bring to boil and cook for about 20-30 minutes, or until soft and skins are beginning to peel away from yam. Remove from water and let cool. OR cook the yams in Instant Pot for 10 minutes at high pressure using 1 cup of water. 

  3. Peel and cut into large chunks.
  4. Set in greased 9x13 or large casserole dish.
  5. Peel and cut an apple into small chunks. Place apple chunks on microwave safe plate and cook for 3 minutes on high.
  6. Add apples to yams in casserole dish.
  7. In microwave or small saucepan, melt butter.  Add lemon juice, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt.
  8. Pour over yams and apples in dish. Crumble about 1/4 to 1/2 cup additional brown sugar over top of yams. Cover and refrigerate if using later. Bake covered with foil at 350 for 30- 45 minutes, until yams are heated through and sugars are bubbling.

Recipe Notes

- I prefer apples that are not too tart, McIntosh or Jonathan's work well.
-You can double this dish and use the same size pan, the layer of yams will be thicker, and require about 10-15 minutes more baking time.
-If baking after refrigerating, let dish sit out of refrigerator for about 30 minutes, uncovered, or bake for an additional 15 minutes.