Okay, take off those gun belts and grab a spatula. Today you’ll be Cooking With Cops! And the first recipe is…
Crime Scene Yams
The Evidence (Ingredients):
4 large yams
6 tsp butter (yes, only 6, Paula Deen)
juice of 1/2 lime (or a couple of good squirts of lime juice from a plastic grocery store lime)
juice of 1/2 orange (or 1/4 cup of orange juice, the breakfast kind)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp ground ginger (No Mary Ann this time)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup honey (do not substitute this ingredient!)
1 cup dark brown sugar (light brown sugar is okay if that’s what you have, but you really should upgrade to the real stuff)
This recipe takes a little time, but it’s well worth it—mouth-watering worth it!
1. Preheat oven to 375 (NO MICROWAVING. IT IS NOT THE SAME)
2. Place 4 large yams on a cookie sheet, side-by-side like corpses at a mob murder scene—and bake for 45 minutes. The yams should be still slightly firm to the touch—not quite done, but almost. You know, like when a body is two hours into rigor.
3. Allow the yams to cool enough to peel.
4. While the yams are cooling, combine the butter, brown sugar, honey, orange and lime juice, cinnamon, ginger, and other ingredients into a pot. Heat until the ingredients are well-mixed. Should look like a really thin syrup, or blood on a sidewalk during a New England spring shower.
5. Yep, you guessed it (you might make detective sooner than you thought!), now peel and cut the yams into 3/4″ discs. They should still be firm in the centers (not quite done).
6. Layer the yam slices in a 9×13 baking dish and then pour the honey mixture over the yams. (Some people would like to sprinkle a few crushed pecans over the top at this point. Personally, I think they’re sick, but if that’s your thing then help yourself).
7. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Doesn’t have to be body-bag-tight, just snug.
8. Remove foil and bake for an additional 20 minutes. The dish should be bubbling nicely at this point.
9. Remove from oven and cool until it’s less than 10,000 degrees before serving.
Seriously, this dish is superb!
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