I have made this recipe for a couple different Thanksgiving gatherings and people have enjoyed it. As you know, there are tons of yam or sweet potato recipes for Thanksgiving, but if you're looking for something a little different, try this one. It doesn't try to disguise the tasty vegetable and fruit with tons of refined sugar and marshmallows. Instead, it enhances their natural flavors in a way that somehow still reminds me of pie. With so many other sugar-filled items served at the celebration, why not make a healthy, yummy yam dish? (By the way, I got the recipe from my aunt Kristen, an excellent and creative cook.)
Followup note: I made it for Thanksgiving 2010 for a family gathering full of people who don't like yams but eat the token spoonful each Thanksgiving. None of them seemed at all excited about my offer to make a yam dish, but they let me do it--and I got tons of compliments and several even asked for the recipe! I felt like that was mission accomplished because I love helping others rediscover undervalued/unappreciated healthful foods.
Best Thanksgiving Yams
Wash, scrub about 4 large yams. Place in pot with enough water to cover and boil until cooked all the way through but not mushy (check with a fork). Drain off water, allow yams to cool. Then carefully peel (you want them to look as nice as possible when you're done).
Slice yams into a 9 x 12 casserole dish. Slices should be about 1/4"-1/2" thick.
Peel and slice 2-3 apples over top of yams and arrange neatly. (I like to use Jonathan or another variety that has some tartness to it.)
Pour thickened juice mixture over that:
2 c. apple juice concentrate (Other years I have used apple raspberry juice concentrate or apple cran-raspberry, which were also superb)
4 Tb. cornstarch - mix into juice before heating, then heat to boiling and stir till thickened and clear.
Add the following to juice mixture (all these delectable spices say "holidays" to me!):
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/4 tsp. ginger
Serve dish warm (so you may need to keep in a warm oven until time to serve).
Just before serving, sprinkle cashews over top.