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Jamie Purviance

Bourbon-Glazed Yams with Mint

  • People

    Serves 4 to 6

  • Prep Time

    25 min.

  • Grilling Time

    5 to 6 min.

Serves 4 to 6
Prep Time
25 min.
Grilling Time
5 to 6 min.

the Ingredients

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  • 240 milliliters plus 1 tablespoon bourbon, divided
  • 6 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 70 grams plus 1 tablespoon 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 centimeters in diameter and 20 to 23 centimeters long, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint leaves


  • 01 Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat on the stove.
  • 02 In a medium, heavy saucepan over high heat on the stove, combine 240 milliliters 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 milliliters). Mix in the remaining 1 tablespoon bourbon, the vinegar, ⅛ teaspoon salt, and ⅛ teaspoon pepper. Put half of the glaze into a small saucepan.
  • 03 Cut the yams diagonally into 12-millimeter slices, each about 7.5 centimeters 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.
  • 04 Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium heat (180° to 230°C).
  • 05 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.

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