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Serves 6 to
festivals honoring sugar cane, yams, frogs and oysters are slated for
the coming months, and it’s time to think cool weather, cozy evenings
I have long been a fan of sweet potatoes, or yams as they are commonly
in south Louisiana. Just the aroma of them baking in the
oven is a treat.
But, of course, the sweet flesh lathered with butter and
syrup is the
Properly cooking sweet potatoes is necessary to get the syrupy sweet
Start with a washed potato. There is no need to oil or
butter the skin and the
potato should not be pricked with a fork.
potatoes whole, not cut in
half. Bake with skins on at 400
for 30 minutes; reduce the heat to
375 and bake
minutes or until
tender. Check for doneness by squeezing
potato. If it is soft, it’s
Sweet potatoes do not cook well in a microwave.
A perfectly baked sweet potato is easy to prepare, but for holiday or
meals, these are my favorite.”
pounds sweet potatoes
Golden Delicious apples, peeled,
cored and sliced lengthwise
cup fresh lemon juice
cup roasted pecan halves
stick (8 tablespoons butter)
cup firmly packed light brown sugar
tablespoons dark rum
teaspoon ground cinnamon
teaspoon ground ginger
teaspoon ground mace
the sweet potatoes as directed above. Cool and peel. Cut the potatoes
crosswise into 1/4-inch slices. Toss the apples in the lemon juice.
Arrange the sweet potatoes and apples in a buttered baking dish. Sprinkle
with the pecans.
a saucepan, combine the butter, sugar, honey, rum, cinnamon, ginger and
mace. Cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring until the sugar
dissolves. Spoon the syrup over the potato and apple mixture. Bake for 30
minutes at 400 degrees [F.], basting occasionally with the butter sauce.
Then place the pan under the broiler, about four inches from the fire,
until the edges of the potatoes and apples are slightly brown.
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