Often confused with sweet potatoes, yams have a rougher skin and a slightly starchier taste. Dress yams up for Thanksgiving with these tasty side dish recipes -- from classic candied yams to colorful casseroles, we have plenty of Thanksgiving yam sides.

How to Make Yams

If you find yourself searching for recipes on how to make yams, it's a good thing to know that in the United States yams and sweet potatoes are actually the same vegetable. They are both a variety of sweet potato, though yams are deeper orange in color. So you can feel free to substitute sweet potatoes for yams in your recipes, since they are quite similar.

How to Make Candied Yams

Once your friends and family taste this easy, from-scratch, candied yam recipe, they'll be asking how to make candied yams as delicious as yours. With less sugar and butter than most standard preparations, this recipe lets the natural sweetness of the yams take center stage. You won't have to feel the least bit of guilt if you can't resist a second helping.

Praline Sweet Potatoes

Midwest Living

This sweet potato casserole has a sugared pecan topper, making it an ideal side dish for a special dinner.

Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Family Circle

Although this side-dish recipe is a must-have for Thanksgiving and Christmas, you can enjoy it throughout the winter months when sweet potatoes are most available.

Florence Mama's Candied Yams

Better Homes and Gardens

How to Make Sweet Potato Casserole

Just because something is sweet doesn't mean it can't be good for you: Learn how to make sweet potato casserole and fill your body with loads of vitamin A and fiber.

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