Because yams (or sweet potatoes) require much longer cooking time than apples,
this recipe calls for pre-baking them. This step can be done a day or so ahead if
2 large yams or sweet potatoes
2 Golden Delicious apples, cored and sliced crosswise into rings
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons chopped
pecans or walnuts
Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Bake yams for 50 minutes or until soft still retain
their shape. (This step can also be done in the microwave; microwave yams on high
(100 percent) for 8 to 10 minutes, rotating halfway through cooking.)
until they can be handled. Reduce oven heat to 350 degrees F.
Peel yams and slice crosswise. In shallow 1-quart baking dish, alternate apple
rings and yam slices, overlapping their edges slightly.
In small saucepan, combine
sugar, cornstarch, and cloves; stir in orange juice and blend.
Heat orange juice
mixture, stirring, until thickened; pour over apples and yams.
Top casserole with
nuts and bake 20 minutes or until apples are tender.