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Glazed Sweet Potatoes

from James Villas "Southern Fried" -- we made 1/2 batch with and 1/2 batch without pecans for Thanksgiving

1 1/2 lb (3) sweet potatoes (or southern yams)
3 T butter
1/4 c brown sugar
1/2 c finely ground pecans
peel potatoes and put in saucepan covered with water
bring to a boil and then simmer covered for 10 minutes until tender

melt butter in heavy skillet
add sugar and stir til it melts
add potatoes, stir well and saute until glazed, 4-5 minutes
dredge mixture in pecans
serve warm