Chef John Folse’s Cookbook: Simple & Delicious Holiday Yams

Here's a simple, but delicious, recipe for a holiday staple.

SIMPLE AND DELICIOUS HOLIDAY YAMS

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Most holiday yam recipes contain numerous spices and a marshmallow topping. This recipe may seem much more boring, but even with fewer ingredients, these yams are magnificent. NOTE: Yams should all be about the same size so they cook uniformly. Smaller yams are best for this recipe since 1 yam will serve as one portion.

Prep Time: 2 Hours

Yields: 6–8 Servings

 

Ingredients:

8 small Louisiana yams, peeled

1 cup sugar

½ pound butter

1 tbsp pure vanilla extract

 

Method:

Yams should all be about the same size so they cook uniformly. Smaller yams are best for this recipe since 1 yam will serve as 1 portion. Place yams and sugar in a 12-inch diameter saucepot. Add 1½ quarts cold water. The very top of the yam should be exposed. Bring to a rolling boil then reduce to high simmer and cook 30–35 minutes or until yams are fork-tender but not overcooked. Add butter and vanilla. Continue to simmer until a simple syrup is achieved and yams have absorbed most of liquid. Baste yams from time to time with simple syrup. Cook 30 additional minutes. Serve 1 yam per guest with simple syrup.

Recipe courtesy of Chef John Folse

Created in partnership with Orleans Coffee