Lemony Southern Queen Yams
Renewing America’s Food Traditions is one of my favorite books. It offers up recipes that celebrate our endangered culinary cultures and divides the U.S. into the diverse “food nations” that are part of the history of the land and what grows and lives on it.
Lemons brighten up the short winter days in this bright version of baked yams. Make a visit to a farmers’ market to search out real “Southern Queen” yams.
Baked Southern Queen Yams Flavored with Fresh Lemon Juice
3 medium Southern Queen yams
1 cup turbinado sugar
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 3-inch strip freshly grated Meyer lemon zest (the outer yellow portion of the peel)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 1/2 cups water
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice
1. In a large saucepan combine the sugar, nutmeg, lemon zest, and salt.
2. Add the water, and simmer for 10 minutes.
3. Add the butter and stir it into the mixture once it has melted.
4. Stir in the lemon juice, and remove from heat.
5. Peel the sweet potatoes and slice.
6. Preheat the oven to 425 F.
7. Layer the sweet potato rounds on the bottom of a buttered baking dish.
8. Pour the syrup over teh top of the sweet potatoes.
9. Bake for 30 minutes.
By Annie B. Bond, the best-selling and award-winning author of five healthy/green living books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment, Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009).