When the calendar marks the days of fall we all look forward to the winter holidays and joyous dinners with our families. Sweet potatoes with a candied and spiced taste gives this tuberous root vegetable a wonderful flavor above and beyond its own sweet-taste nature provided them. Ssweet potatoes provide you with protein, potassium, vitamin A, C, D, B-12, B-6, iron, magnesium and calcium. One cup undressed contains approximately 114 calories. The added butter and brown sugar will increase the caloric intake. Just remember that not many people will consume an entire cup of sweet potatoes with all the other great dishes being served. Therefore, endulging in some candied sweet potatoes with a reasonable serving and enjoying the brown sugar and spice will make everything nice at holiday time or anytime you want to serve up delicious sweet potatoes.
- 6 large sweet potatoes or yams
- Nutmeg (optional)
- Brown sugar
- Bread crumbs
- With a potato peeler remove all the skins. This will take a bit of time as the skins on yams will be difficult to peel. Once they are all peeled make sure that you rinse the yams in cool water to remove any dirt or oils it may have on its surface.
- Using a cutting board and a sharp knife cut the yams into circular slices. This is also a difficult job. The yams are very hard to slice through. So if your husband is around you might want to ask him for some assistance. This will require some muscle. Now that all the tubers are sliced you will want to take out the butter, bread crumbs and brown sugar. Line them up on your counter alongside the bowl with the yams and the baking pan you will be using.
- Line the bottom of the baking pan with the sweet potato slices. Then sprinkle bread crumbs lightly over them. (Basically dust them) Then crumple brown sugar over the tops as well. The amount of brown sugar depends on how sweet you actually want them to be. Now take two pats of butter and break them into half and place the 4 butter pieces on top of the brown sugar. (Put one in each corner)
- Now it is time to repeat the process again. Layer the sweet potatoes, the bread crumbs, brown sugar and butter. When you get to the top of the baking pan with the last layer of sweet potatoes apply the same amount of bread crumbs, extra butter and brown sugar.
- Add a pinch of nutmeg over each layer that is placed in the baking pan.
- Preheat oven to 350’. Cover baking pan with lid or aluminum foil. Bake for approximately (1) one hour. (This is an average time for about 6 medium sized yams) Longer cooking times will be required depending upon how many sweet potatoes you used and how large your baking pan is.
- After an hour, check on the yams using a fork to test them to see if they are tender. If you place a fork into the yams and it slips in easily the yams are fully cooked. If so remove from oven and set aside for 10 minutes before serving. If not, you need to place the pan back in the oven and judge the remaining time needed to cook them through.
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