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This is a dumb question, but how do you bake yams? I only know how to do it in the microwave. I need to bake 7 yams for Thanksgiving. I just want to bake them (like you would a baked potato). Can someone tell me how to do this (not in a microwave) and how long it would take to bake 7 of them? Thanks for your help!

Sun. Nov 19, 4:27pm

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I bake sweet potatos all the time, though I prefer yellow to orange.
- put a thin layer of olive oil on a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan
- scrub the sweet potatos clean, rub their skins with olive oil, put them on pan
- bake at ~375 for 45 mins to 1 hr, depending on how big they are
- roll them over once or twice in that time
- don't need to bake longer for more potatos, it's not a turkey!

Sunday, November 19, 2006, 6:07 PM

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Cook them just like regular potatoes! wash, poke, bake.

I do have a cookie sheet under them so that it does not make a mess. But I do not put them on a cookie sheet, I think that leaves a extra soft spot where it sits.

Sunday, November 19, 2006, 6:37 PM

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You can also "pre-cook" them in the micro so they don't need to be in the oven for quite as long. If you did them in the microwave for about 10-12 minutes, they would be about half done so you would only need to do them for 30 minutes in the oven, but they would still have a nice oven baked taste and texture.

Monday, November 20, 2006, 1:16 PM

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My family just wraps them in foil and put them next to the turkey while baking... ;-)

When the yams are soft when poked, they are done1 ;-) YUM.

Another way to do this:

slice up the yams. brush with some olive oil. sprinkle with a little sea salt and ground pepper. Bake until they are soft. Yum.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006, 3:47 PM

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i cut (unpeeled) washed yams into cubes and toss in a bowl with some chopped garlic, a little diced sweet onion, touch grape seed oil, sea salt, ground pepper. roast at 350-375 until fork tender (40-60 minutes, depending on oven, quantity, type of baking dish or sheet pan). when i take them out of the oven, i toss in some fresh parsley, sage and basil. yum

Wednesday, November 22, 2006, 3:54 PM

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