Emmanuel’s Legendary Candied Yams Recipe

Although this pains me greatly, I will offer up my candies yams recipe as a symbol for what I am grateful….

I would say to count at least a large yam and a half per person. Organic only! As well as with all the ingredients for this dish if not it will not work. There is chemistry at work here to bring it together. Of course a glass of wine, champagne, or Martini and being surrounded by family and friends, should always accompanied the preparing of this dish. This is a must!

– Yams Organic
– Butter Organic
– Moist Brown Sugar Organic
– Mini Mash Mellows (these don’t have to be organic….)
– Orange Juice Organic
Best prepared at least the day before to avoid taking up kitchen time on the day of. It’s basically a three step process. Boiling the yams, then letting them cool down enough to work with them to put the whole dish together, and finish by baking it.
Begin with boiling the yams with a bit of salt to salinize the water. You may need more than one pot depending on the amount of people you are cooking for. Usually about 45mn to hour until yams are tender, or so that a knife can slip through the center with still a bit of resistance. Let cool.
Then peel the yams by hand or with the help of a knife, slice into 1/3 of an inch medallions. Somewhere between 1/4 and 1/2 inch.
In a glass baking dish, lasagna size for larger tables, or casserole ones, for smaller get-togethers, butter the surface with your hands. By the way, the preparing of this dish does get messy…and fun, of course. You will be building layers of yam medallions, a light coating of brown sugar, a sprinkle of marsh mellows, and a few quarters of butter. I have learned to take a stick of butter quarter it lengthwise, then slice 1/4 inch pieces that easily break into 4 smaller pieces which are then spaced evenly about every 3 inches.
Make 3 to 4 layers, making sure you have a little room at the top so the goodies don’t spill over while baking. On the top layer splash a small amount of orange juice (optional if you want to be traditional) to give it a little zing.
Finish off with a whole lotta marsh mellows….. Then tin foil over the top, doing everything you can to not touch the marsh mellows, or you will ruin the dish, and will not be able to 500 Internal Server Error

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