My father's mother made this every year for our Thanksgiving dinner. It is not Thanksgiving to me without this dish. I do not like the tartness of most cranberry dishes, and sweet potatoes can be bland by themselves. This dish combines both to make a great all-in-one dish. When I take this dish to another person's home, I bake the first time and add the yams, cover, and then wait to heat until I am at their house.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • Combine cranberries, orange slices, sugar, pecans, orange juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and mace in a 2-quart baking dish.

  • Bake in preheated oven until cranberries soften, about 30 minutes. Stir yams into cranberry mixture and continue baking until heated through, about 15 minutes more.

Cook's Notes:

The orange peel should be left on. In addition to slicing the orange, I also cut the slices into wedges. It helps the peels to soften more and makes for a better size for a bite.

Brandy can be substituted for the orange juice.

Sugar and spices may be mixed together first before adding to the rest of the ingredients to help the spices to be spread more evenly.

Fresh boiled yams or sweet potatoes may be substituted for canned.

The cranberry mix can also be microwaved before adding the yams, instead of baking in the oven. I am not sure on the time as I have never personally cooked it this way.

Nutrition Facts

218 calories; protein 1.4g 3% DV; carbohydrates 45.3g 15% DV; fat 4.5g 7% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 25.4mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/06/2013
This was absolutely delicious. I used fresh cubed sweet potatoes and baked for over an hour...added some extra orange juice (used the juice from one orange) and cut the sugar back to about 2/3 cup and it was still plenty sweet. Love it!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/06/2013
This was absolutely delicious. I used fresh cubed sweet potatoes and baked for over an hour...added some extra orange juice (used the juice from one orange) and cut the sugar back to about 2/3 cup and it was still plenty sweet. Love it!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2013
Of coarse I love this recipe! I could eat the whole thing myself! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2017
This was a wonderful dish and everyone loved it! The changes I made were adding more spice: 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp. fresh grated nutmeg and 1/4 tsp mace. I also cooked fresh yams instead of canned so much nicer! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/21/2015
Made this last Thanksgiving but only half the recipe. since the family doesn't really like sweet potatoes. It was gone before it made it half way around the table so this year I am doubling the recipe Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2013
Super easy and tasty! New favorite for yams. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/25/2015
Looks terrible tastes wonderful. Don't skimp on the pecans because that's what brought the dish together! Lots of great flavor:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2019
Made this dish for family and also for a Thanksgiving dinner at work but substituted a can of chunk pineapple for the orange. It is delicious - both tangy and sweet. Got several requests for copies of the recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2015
I made this for Thanksgiving this year and it was a big hit with people who like yams (which I didn't realize was a small number in our family but that's okay!). This is one of those dishes that proves my old adage: "Put enough fat or sugar in something and it will taste good." In this case it's a super sweet flavorful dish with the orange slices and real cranberries and if it had a crust it would be sweet enough to be a pie. Scrumptious. I think this dish and so many delicious others are the reasons we only eat these things on special occasions--and diet the rest of the year.:) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2016
This recipe turned out so good. The cranberries really gave it an extra flavor that I liked. It will be a favorite recipe added to my Thanksgiving and Christmas menu. Read More