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Easy Yam Recipes
Quick 'n Easy Yam Recipe
This quick and simple yam recipe will help you to prepare a delicious yam side dish for any meal. Often seen on holiday dinner tables, yam is especially tasty served alongside turkey or even ham.
Wash the outside of the yams. Using a sharp knife, cut an "X" in the top of each one, scoring it to allow steam to escape while cooking.
Put the yams in the microwave on a microwave-safe dish or tray. "Nuke" them until they are soft when lightly squeeze. Be careful. They are hot! The four yams in the photos took approximately 12 minutes to cook in the microwave.
Remove them from the microwave and allow to cool until they can be easily handled.
Slice each yam in half, lengthwise.
Scoop the soft insides out and put in a baking casserole dish. Mash them and top with a hearty pat of butter. If the yams are not as sweet as you would like, drizzle with a little bit of honey and mix through. Refrigerate until close to dinnertime. Place the casserole dish in the microwave and heat the yam until piping hot. Serve.
What exactly ARE yams?
Yams are a highly-nutritious vegetable in the tuber family. They are grown in Africa, Latin America, Asia and some Pacific Islands and are totally unrelated to sweet potatoes, though many people use their names interchangeably.
Both yams and sweet potatoes are served as delicious side dishes or can be integrated into scrumptious desserts.
Enjoyed for its sweet taste, yams are also extremely good for you. They contain phytoestrogens, which help in the production of estrogen and progesterone. Because of this, yam can be helpful to women during menopause. Additionally, they are rich in vitamin B1, B6, C, potassium and fiber.*
Another Great Yam Recipe
Yam Casserole with Marshmallows
This recipe is so good, it could easily pass for a dessert!
- 3 c. mashed, cooked yams*
- 1/4 c. firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 1/2 c. mini-marshmallows
- 1 tsp. nutmeg
- 1 T. melted butter
- 1/4 c. heavy cream
Mix sugar, salt, spice, butter, cream with the mashed yams, blending well. Combine half the marshmallows with yams. Turn the mixture into greased baking dish. Top it with the remaining mini-marshmallows. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes until mixture is fluffy and marshmallow lightly browned.
*Tip: use the Quick 'n Easy Yam Recipe above to cook and mash the yams. It's faster.