Japanese yams pack plenty of flavor and vitamins into their dark rose-colored skin and white flesh. Boasting high levels of vitamins A and C, the carbohydrate-driven vegetable works well when roasted, baked and boiled. Creamy and sweet but lacking the starchy texture of the common sweet potatoes and yams from America, Japanese yams are easy to prepare and taste great in a simple baked preparation.
Simple and Delicious
Oven-baked Japanese yams take about an hour to complete cooking. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and clean the yams while you wait, scrubbing off any hardened dirt. Arrange them on a baking sheet, and pierce each one with a fork. Bake for about an hour, then check for doneness. When the flesh pierces easily all the way through with a knife, the yams are finished cooking. Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool slightly before serving. Top with butter, salt and pepper for immediate eating, or use them in other recipes.
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