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Name:Baked Sweet Potatoes, Enhanced Contributor:Debb Kopp
Description:Oven-Baked Sweet Potatoes w/ Fruit, Nuts & Ginger Posted:2005-11-25
Key words:orange, yams Category:Side Dishes
ID:687 Updated:2006-01-09 07:06:57
Ingredients:4 lbs sweet yams, peeled and cut into 1/2" pieces
1/2 c brown sugar, packed
1 tsp allspice
3 Tbs orange juice
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 Tbsp butter, cut up

1 c dried cranberries (Craisins)
2 Tbsp butter
2 large firm but ripe pears, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2" pieces
1 c pecans, coarsely chopped
4 tsp minced, peeled fresh ginger
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
Preparation:1. Preheat oven to 350 (325 for glass). Combine brown sugar and allspice in a large bowl; add yams and toss well. Spread in a 9x13 baking dish.

2. Combine orange juice and vanilla extract; pour evenly over yams. Dot yams with cut up butter.

3. Cover and bake for 40 mins. Remove from oven and stir. Bake uncovered an additional 15-20 mins or until yams are fork tender.

4. Melt 2 Tbsp butter in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add pears and Craisins and saute until tender, about 4 mins. Stir in pecans and ginger and saute for 1 min. Mix in balsamic vinegar and salt.

5. In a large bowl, mix yams and pear/Craisin sauce. Turn into heated oven-proof serving dish.

Serves: 8

Note: Can be made 2-3 hours ahead and reheated for serving. I made the first part - steps 1 thru 3 - the night before and reheated in microwave for 15 mins on 60%.
Notes:Respectfully submitted...

For those that want a slightly different yam dish.

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