tassajara twice baked yams on the “half shell”

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When I was visiting my friend Jana I skimmed her copy of this book…

I had just been discussing this book with my friend Shelly a week or two before that. I think the universe is trying to tell me something…so…I ordered my own copy. I did jot down a couple recipes to try whilst skimming, and this one was a hit with my family. Beautiful presentation, and the bright flavor of fresh orange mixed with yams is sure to brighten up your dinner on a dreary winter evening!

~ tassajara twice baked yams on the “half shell” ~

2 large yams, baked whole until fork tender

2 large, fresh, juicy oranges

3 Tablespoons butter

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoons ground ginger

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

dash of nutmeg

dried parsley for garnish

salt and pepper to taste

When the yams are fork tender and completely cool, remove skin and place in the bowl of a tabletop mixer. Add the butter, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg. Cut the oranges in half and gently juice with a hand juicer. Scoop out as much of the pulp as you can without damaging the “shells.” Add half of the orange juice/pulp mixture to the mixer bowl with the other ingredients. Blend until completely whipped and smooth. Add a little more of the juice mixture if needed. (so the mixture is the consistency of creamy mashed potatoes.) Pile the yam mixture into the orange “shells” and place in a glass cake or casserole pan. Garnish with salt, pepper and parsley. Place in a 350 degree oven until heated through.



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  11 comments for “tassajara twice baked yams on the “half shell”

  1. March 5, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Ooooo… loving the ingredients! I’ll make this one for sure!

    • Melissa
      March 5, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      Super yummy! enjoy Susan 🙂

  2. Jennifer | Mother Thyme
    March 5, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    These are fabulous! I love the combination of the yams with oranges. I bet the flavor is amazing!

    • Melissa
      March 5, 2012 at 11:52 pm

      Thanks Jennifer! enjoy!

  3. March 6, 2012 at 11:33 am


    • Melissa
      March 6, 2012 at 11:34 am

      uh huh! 🙂 xo

  4. Kimber
    March 9, 2012 at 10:29 am

    This looks delicious!! Best of all, it looks like something I can make for just myself. Going to put it on my list for this weekend! Thanks so much!! I’m looking for more singles recipes to try since it seems to be just me or one other kid most meals.

    • Melissa
      March 9, 2012 at 10:32 am

      yay! I’m so glad you’re trying this Kimber 🙂 It’s really good. enjoy. xo

  5. March 19, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Those are gorgeous, Melissa! I love the presentation!!!

    • Melissa
      March 19, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      Thanks so much Amee 🙂

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