Mississippi Candied Yams
3 lbs fresh yams, peeled, cut in half lengthwise and sliced 1/4" thick
1 lemon, thinly sliced with peel and seeded
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 lb unsalted butter
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
Combine sugar, butter, orange juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in
small sauce pan and heat gently to boiling, stirring frequently.
Set aside to cool slightly.
Arrange sliced yams and lemon slices in large baking dish is one
layer, or slightly overlapping. Pour syrup mixture over yams.
Bake at 325:F. for 2 to 2-1/2 hours, basting thoroughly every
15-20 minutes with syrup from baking pan. Turn yams occasionally.
When done, yams should be tender when pierced with point of sharp
knife and syrup has been almost completely absorbed and thickened.
This dish may be prepared early in the day, covered lightly and
reheated in oven or microwave.