Sweet-Spicy Garnet Yams with Pancetta

By gluttonforlife
November 13, 2009
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Sweet-Spicy Garnet Yams with Pancetta

Author Notes: Garnet yams are my favorite variety of sweet potato (let's not get into the whole yam semantics) because of their sweetness, dense texture and intensely orange color. I invented this recipe one Thanksgiving when the only stove/oven time I was allotted was once the turkey was resting. The flavors come together quickly and the dish does not suffer from being served at room temperature.gluttonforlife

Serves: 8

  • 4 large garnet yams
  • 4 ounces pancetta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Peel yams and cut into 1/2" cubes.
  3. Cut pancetta into small dice.
  4. Combine yams and pancetta in a large bowl and toss well with remaining ingredients.
  5. Spread this out on a sheet pan or large casserole. It's important that it be in a single layer as this promotes faster cooking and better caramelization.
  6. Roast in the oven for about 20 minutes or until nicely browned and sizzling, stirring 2-3 times.

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