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Bourbon-Glazed Yams with Mint

Jamie Purviance

Fuel Type: Gas
  • People

    Serves 4 to 6

  • Prep Time

    25 min.

  • Grilling Time

    5 to 6 min.

Ingredients
Instructions

the Ingredients

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Glaze

  • 240 millilitres plus 1 tablespoon of bourbon, divided
  • 6 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 70 grams plus 1 tablespoon of packed dark brown sugar
  • 55 grams (½ stick) unsalted butter
  • 18 grams chopped fresh mint leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon cider vinegar
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
 
  • 2 yams, each 6 to 7.5 centimetres in diameter and 20 to 23 centimetres long, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint leaves

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat on the stove.
  • In a medium, heavy saucepan over high heat on the stove, combine 240 millilitres of the bourbon, the corn syrup, brown sugar, butter and mint. Bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Continue boiling until the syrup is reduced and thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Set a strainer over a measuring cup or small bowl and strain the glaze, pressing down to release all of the glaze (you should have about 180 millilitres). Mix in the remaining 1 tablespoon of bourbon, the vinegar, ⅛ teaspoon of salt and ⅛ teaspoon of pepper. Put half of the glaze into a small saucepan.
  • Cut the yams diagonally into 1 centimetre slices, each about 7.5 centimetres long. Cook the yams in the pot of boiling water until just tender but not falling apart, 7 to 8 minutes. Drain thoroughly. Brush the yams generously on both sides with the remaining glaze and season each with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium heat (180°C to 230°C).
  • Brush the cooking grates clean. Grill the yam slices over direct medium heat, with the lid closed, until well marked and heated through, 4 to 5 minutes, turning once. Transfer to a platter. Warm the glaze in the saucepan over medium heat. Drizzle the glaze over the yams and top with the mint. Serve warm.
    Brush the cooking grates clean. Grill the yam slices over medium heat, with the lid closed, until well marked and heated through, 4 to 5 minutes, turning once. Transfer to a platter. Warm the glaze in the saucepan over medium heat. Drizzle the glaze over the yams and top with the mint. Serve warm.

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