Most holiday yam recipes contain numerous spices and a marshmallow
topping. However, this recipe is a simple and delicious version.
Although it may seem that so few ingredients might create a lackluster
dish, think again. It's magnificent!
- 8 Louisiana yams
- 1/4 pound butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tbsp vanilla
Choose 8 yams of identical size, guaranteeing that they will cook
at about the same time. I prefer a smaller yam for this recipe.
Peel yams and place in a large stainless-steel pot with enough water
to cover the yams by approximately one inch. Bring to a rolling
boil, reduce to simmer and cover. Cook until yams are fork tender,
approximately 30 minutes. When tender, there should be no more than
1/2 inch of water remaining in the bottom of the pot. If there is
more, remove the excess. Add butter, sugar and vanilla and continue
to simmer until sugar is dissolved and a simple syrup is achieved.
Simmer over low heat until yams have absorbed most of the simple
syrup but are not falling apart. Do not overcook. Serve one sweet
potato per guest with an equal serving of the simple syrup.