Holiday Yam and Apple Bake

A sweet side dish to brighten your season.

By The Editors

If you've been searching high and low for the perfect Christmas recipe, you've come to the right place.

Submitted to Grandparents.com by Lydia H., a grandmother of three from Campbell, Calif., Holiday Yam and Apple Bake is a warm, sweet side dish that will make your home smell like a pie factory. "I've never been a fan of traditional yam and marshmallow dishes," says Lydia, "so quite a few years ago, I came up with this alternative." In 2008, she included the dish in a cookbook full of family recipes, which she gave to her kids as Christmas gifts.

Lydia suggests using McIntosh apples, and roasting the yams the night before to speed preparation. The alcohol will cook off, leaving only the bourbon's flavor.

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Ingredients:
4 or 5 medium yams or sweet potatoes, scrubbed
4 medium baking apples, peeled, cored, and sliced into 1/2-inch wedges
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ginger
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/4 cup bourbon or whiskey
1/4 cup orange juice

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

2. Puncture yams with a fork and place on a baking sheet. Roast for 1 hour or until just tender. When cool enough to handle, peel and slice into 3/4-inch rounds.

3. In a 9x13-inch glass baking dish, alternate yam slices with apple wedges, arranging them in lines at a slight angle. Drizzle with melted butter.

4. In a small bowl, mix brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Sprinkle over yams and apples. In the same small bowl, mix bourbon and orange juice. Drizzle over the yams and apples.

5. Bake for 1 hour, or until apples and yams are tender. Serve immediately, spooning accumulated juices over each portion.

Serves 6 to 8

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