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article number 124
article date 05-01-2012
copyright 2012 by Author else SaltOfAmerica
Yam Haters, Yam Casseroles (Three Variations)
by Jebediah Moment
   

I always hated yams, most of my friends do too … but if you eat yams you may live for a hundred years. I hear that wise crack from the back of the man cave. “If I have to eat yams, I don’t want to live 100 years.”

I reluctantly eat a baked yam about once every two weeks … dowsed with butter or butter substitute. Don’t even have to hold my nose while eating them. Wonder if I can make them taste better with select ingredients as a casserole.

In this recipe we take mashed yams and add one or more of 4 ingredients:

- carrots mixed with mashed yams in all 3 variations.
- potatoes
- raisins
- brown sugar

We will bake them in a 350 degree oven for about an hour. You will see them baked on a cookie sheet but once you decide on which ingredients to use, a casserole dish will produce a better product.

   
6 medium yams peeled.
   
Slice yams about ½ inch thick an place in a microwave safe bowl.
   
Microwave yams so you can mash them. Yams take a while to microwave. I used medium heat for about 12 minutes. Use whatever you need to make them soft enough to mash.
   
Mean whilst, grate 6 carrots.
   
Yams out of the microwave and ready for mashing.
   
Place 3 small potatoes in the microwave. These will not be mashed, just sliced … sooo … oh, 6 minutes at medium high?
   
Mash yams.
   
Mix the carrots with the mashed yams. Yams look much more edible now. You know, the word “mash” sounds so good … oh, I know why. “Sour Mash Wiskey”. Bectcha that would go good with yam casserole. Might live more than 100 years … in an embalmed state.
   
Potatoes done … chunk like this.
   
OK. We have all the carrots mixed with all the mashed yams. We will try adding raisins, potatoes and/or brown sugar to the mix.
   
We lay up the three different combinations. Place in 350 degree oven for an hour.
   
After 45 minutes to 1 hour in oven, looks OK but I’ll slice and flip the mix to give it a hash brown look.
   
There’s a hash brown look except that it is not brown … it is orange.
   
Three combinations are wrapped and marked before freezing. Gotta’ make some pork chops to eat with these yam browns.
   
Ahh … time to eat with a grilled pork chop. Will taste all three styles at once. Remember … all have yams mixed with grated carrots. On left, raisins and brown sugar. Quite sweet … needs less raisins. In the middle, Raisins and potato chunks … my favorite. On the right raisins only … OK but would rather have French fries from McDonalds … but McFries won’t help you live one hundred years. By the way that pork chop was seasoned with Cavender’s Greek seasoning.

THE WINNER … potato chunk variety. It tastes quite different the other two. Even yam haters will like it.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR PORK CHOP: Season as desired. If the crops are down take out you binoculars and search for light colored smoke. This maybe someone grilling. Find location of person grilling. Give person a beer and ask if you may put your pork chop on their grill … or give them the embalming fluid shown on the right of the photo.

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