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    Baked Sweet Yams with Maple Gratin Recipe

    (serves 10)

    Yams:
    4 lbs garnet yams, peeled
    ½ cup water
    1 cup maple syrup
    1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick)
    1 Tbl apple cider vinegar
    1 tsp kosher salt
    3/4 tsp black pepper

    Streusel:
    1 cup all purpose flour
    1/2 cup maple sugar* (scant 3 ounces)
    1/3 cup golden brown sugar, packed
    3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
    ½ cup granola (your favorite brand)
    1/3 cup butter, melted (about ¾ stick)


    Directions

    Streusel:

    1. Mix first 5 ingredients in small bowl.
    2. Add melted butter and rub in with fingertips until moist clumps form.
    3. Mix in reserved grated yams.
    4. Cover the streusel separately and refrigerate.
    Yams:
    1. 1. Pre heat oven to 325 degrees.
    2. Butter 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish. Set aside.
    3. Coarsely grate ½ lb (1 cup packed) of the yams. Set this aside for the streusel.
    4. Cut remaining whole yams into 1/2-inch-thick rounds.
    5. Arrange yam rounds in 4 overlapping lengthwise rows in prepared baking dish.
    6. Bring the water, maple syrup, butter, and cider vinegar to boil in small saucepan. Stir in 1 teaspoon coarse salt and 3/4 teaspoon pepper. Pour maple syrup mixture over yams. Cover baking dish tightly with foil.
    7. Let yams stand at room temperature for 1 hour before baking.
    8. Bake yams covered until almost tender, about 40 minutes. Remove the from the oven and uncover.
    9. Increase oven temperature to 400°F.
    10. Sprinkle the streusel evenly over the yams and bake uncovered until they are very tender and streusel is golden and slightly crisp (about 25-35 minutes longer). Serve warm.

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