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how to bake yams

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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Wednesday, November 21, 2007, 4:40 PM

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you guys are making me hungry! :)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007, 5:01 PM

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been baking yams last couple days- in the oven for an hour, split open and put some cinnamon and maybe a little sugar. VERY tasty.

Can Yams or Sweet Potatoes Help You Lose Weight

Thursday, October 14, 2010, 6:19 PM

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i know this is an old thread, but as i love sweet potatoes/yams, i'm adding to it!
i peel and cube sweet potatoes, cut up sweet yellow onion in big chunks, and toss together with a bit of olive oil (you seriously need way less than you think, maybe 1 TBSP. for a whole big pan), salt and pepper, toss all together (i do this with my hands. messy but effective), bake at 400 F for about 40-50 minutes (you don't want them too squishy, so keep an eye on them and poke them with a fork every now and then). SO easy and everyone that tries them is in love!

Friday, October 15, 2010, 12:58 PM

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yams vs sweet potatoes

Supermarkets use labels loosely. They label sweet potatoes as yams and sweet potatoes as sweet potatoes. Garnet yams and Jewel Yams are sweet potatoes Yams are a different vegetable. A real yam can grow up to 7 feet long and weigh up to 150 pounds. You can find real yams in the market but they are at least twice as long as a sweet potato. They have a dark flesh. They are cylindrical and basically hugh. They have a starchy taste. I'm sticking to sweet potatoes, Garnet or otherwise.

Sunday, November 21, 2010, 9:04 PM

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I love to cube and roast my sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving. I like them so much better than drenched in syrup and covered with marshmallows (and much better for you).
I clean the outside and leave the skins on. After you cube them, toss them in a little olive oil (to coat), salt and pepper, and your favorite herbs. Roast for 45-60 minutes until tender in a 350/400 degree oven. Delish!!!

Monday, November 22, 2010, 9:49 AM

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