Within my 26 years, I have only spent one Thanksgiving from my loved ones. I have only known Southern dishes and customs, therefore it was intriguing to get a Southern Californian/Pennsylvanian-inspired spread for the foremost and only amount of time in my existence. The feast comprised of numerous unfamiliar dishes and traditions like whitened-bread stuffing rather than cornbread dressing, mac and cheese rather than veggie casseroles, and two times-cooked sweet taters rather than marshmallow-capped, mashed sweet taters.
But here's the one thing: my friend's mother secured her family's sacred yams recipe so emphatically which i wasn't permitted to look at her result in the entire recipe from beginning to end. I additionally had no clue what elements she really used. The only real step I saw was her mother baking the pieces in some form of body fat (most probably butter), and also the only other detail my pal voluntarily provided would be that the buttery taters get a second roasted within the oven. Caramelized, sticky-sweet, and covered in cinnamon, individuals taters have lingered within my memory for a long time. Rather than trying to re-create them, I have developed my very own yams recipe that cooks them similarly by baking after which roasted them.
Baking the taters in butter softens them up in addition to seasons them evenly. The rest of the butter will be browned and rained atop the taters, sage and brown sugar are spread on top, and also the sweet kids are delivered to the oven for any thorough roasted. Not very sweet, not very mushy, and seasoned perfect, these taters could become the perfect family's supersecret yams tradition.
1 stick (1/2 cup) salted butter
3 sweet taters, peeled and reduce 1-inch cubes