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Yam and Apple Casserole

November 27, 2010

Okay, I realize that Thanksgiving is over.  If your refrigerator looks anything like mine–overflowing with leftovers–you may not exactly be clamoring to read about yet another Thanksgiving dish.  I understand, believe me.  Besides the traditional Thanksgiving menu I prepared, the rest of my family also brought enough food to feed another army.

But I hope you don’t mind my sharing with you one more dish.  I’ve been making this yam and apple casserole for almost 10 years.  And while I will sometimes experiment with my turkey seasoning, desserts and other side dishes, the yams are prepared the same way each year per my husband’s request.

The yams and Granny Smith apples are showcased well in this recipe.  Baking brings out their natural sweetness while the overall flavor of the casserole is made brighter by the citrusy sauce.  Over the years I’ve taken to adding a bit of cinnamon and allspice to the mix to make it even better (nutmeg and cloves might work well, too).

I’m posting this now partly to share with you another option for next Thanksgiving but also because each year I fear losing this sheet of paper in my overflowing recipe binder.  You have one of those, right?

Yam and Apple Casserole

For reference:  The original recipe calls for 6 yams and 6 apples.  I’ve done this before but it simply makes more than will fit in a large casserole dish.  This year, I used two very large yams, 4 apples and the same amount of sauce (always) which fit nicely in the dish above.

  • 3-4 regular size yams or two large ones (cooked, peeled and cut into 1 cm slices)
  • 4 Granny Smith apples (peeled, cored and sliced into 16 wedges each)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • a few dashes cinnamon (optional but I like it)
  • a few dashes allspice (optional but I like it)

Preheat your oven to 350ºF.

Layer the yam slices and apple wedges in a large casserole dish.

Mix sugar, cornstarch and salt together in a saucepan.  Pour the boiling water over the mix and stir.  Add the butter, lemon juice and orange juice.  Cook over medium heat until thickened and transparent, stirring frequently.  This will take just a few minutes. You an also add a dash or two each of cinnamon and allspice before turning off the heat.  Taste the sauce. Feel free to add a little more orange or lemon juice if you want a stronger citrus flavor.  I usually do.

Pour the sauce over the yams and apples.  I like to sprinkle a bit more cinnamon and allspice right before baking.

Bake for one hour.  The original recipe does not specify whether this should be baked covered or uncovered.  I’ve taken to baking uncovered for the first twenty minutes, covered for the next 2o and uncovered again for the last 2o.  I’m sure this is not necessary but it works for me.  Enjoy!

23 Comments leave one →
  1. November 27, 2010 6:22 PM

    yam and apple sounds like a great match 🙂 and you meticulously laid them down on your baking dish. so pretty!

    • December 1, 2010 12:10 PM

      Jan, I only did it this year because I knew I’d be photographing it for the blog but I ended up liking the arrangement. Thanks! 🙂

  2. November 27, 2010 9:12 PM

    I start blogging to have a way of organizing my overwhelmed recipe binder, I totally understand you.
    Your casserole looks so delicious, love it and I don’t even have to wait till thanksgiving to try it, apples and yams are available year round, yeee
    thanks for sharing, hope you’re having a wonderful weekend

    • December 1, 2010 12:12 PM

      I’m starting to think that this casserole should make an appearance more than once a year judging by everyone’s comments. Thanks! 🙂

      And yes, blogging has been a great way to document all my favorite recipes. It’s been so easy to check the blog for a quick check. 🙂

  3. November 27, 2010 9:51 PM

    I actually have a bunch of apples to use up and you just gave me a nice new recipe to use them up! Thanks for sharing! (And who said this is only for Thanksgiving!)

    • December 1, 2010 12:13 PM

      Sara, my limited mind said this was only for Thanksgiving. Light bulb is slowly turning on… 🙂

  4. November 27, 2010 9:51 PM

    Lovely!!! Not only for Thanksgiving though… I can see this nicely alongside a pork tenderloin! We will definitely try it!

  5. trissalicious permalink
    November 27, 2010 11:03 PM

    Hi Jean! Of course we don’t mind you sharing this recipe. If you have made it for ten years then we know it’s a winner! – and yes – certainly sounds like a winner to me too!

  6. November 27, 2010 11:22 PM

    this sounds delightful I’m going to have to try it.

  7. November 28, 2010 12:33 AM

    It’s great !!! When I looked at it , I thought “an apple tian” Great flavours !!!

  8. November 28, 2010 4:02 AM

    This sounds incredible! I am totally trying this!

  9. November 28, 2010 7:11 AM

    This looks delicious! What a great combination and beautiful visual. Don’t know that we’ll wait until next Thanksgiving to make it! Thanks!

  10. November 28, 2010 7:24 AM

    I still have a couple of yams and apples that I didn’t use on Thanksgiving and would love to try this – it sounds great! Never too early to start making plans for next year 🙂

  11. November 28, 2010 1:04 PM

    This looks wonderful, warm and I bet it tastes great! I must try this one, thanks for sharing.

  12. November 29, 2010 10:48 AM

    I’m so glad that you shared this! We have a similarly big feast on Christmas, and I’ve been looking for some unique recipes. This looks and sounds stellar! I’m sure it tastes amazing, and it certainly presents beautifully. Again, thank you so much for sharing. I hope you have a wonderful Monday!

  13. November 29, 2010 11:25 AM

    What a neat way to serve yams…so pretty!

  14. November 29, 2010 12:32 PM

    This is beautiful presented straight from the baking dish and I love the addition of a bright citrus sauce. Since I’m allowed to mess with the sweet potatoes, just not the mashed potatoes 🙂 I’ll print this to add to my over flowing credenza of recipes, but won’t wait until next Thanksgiving to try it – I agree with Kim – it would be amazing with pork tenderloin.

    • December 1, 2010 12:16 PM

      Priscilla, not a very pretty baking dish but this was all that would fit in my small oven. It worked out, though. Now I’ll have to try this casserole with pork. Appreciating everyone’s suggestions! 🙂

  15. November 29, 2010 7:34 PM

    You can never have enough of yams and apples. And together with your spices, sounds like you could have this all the time. 10 years, why change something that you love. Thanks for sharing.

  16. December 3, 2010 4:38 PM

    Jean, this dish looks great! I love the addition of apple slices. I can almost taste the apple/yam bite with the light glaze. 🙂 This must be a great flavor combo. I’m not allowed to mess with our existing sweet potato dish for Thanksgiving, but I read the comments regarding the pork and I think I’ll need to try this for dinner sometime. My family seems to enjoy yams and it might be nice to enjoy some on a day other than Thanksgiving. Hope you had a fabulous holiday! 🙂

  17. November 23, 2011 12:51 PM

    I love the way this looks. I can see why your hubby always requests this. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Jean. xx


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