There are many recipes for yams but this Thanksgiving Yam and Cashew Peach Bake is one of my favorites. It’s also a fabulous party dish for any occasion and will make you a potluck superstar! There’s something about the combination of yams, peaches, and cashews that are “to die for!”
When my kids were attending a coop pre-school in Hollywood, during the early 90’s, we were fortunate that many of the parents involved were amazing cooks. One year, we put together a recipe book to sell at our annual fundraiser. A mom named Penny contributed this Thanksgiving yam recipe and I hadn’t tried it until recently. Wow! What have we been missing all these years?
I haven’t seen Penny since our kids graduated from the school and we moved across town. Thankfully, I saved our little recipe book. Every time I open it, I remember all the fun times we had going on field trips, walking to the Hollywood Bowl, the El Capitan Theater, creating art, wearing costumes and making tons of friends. The school still has the same wonderful director, Celia over 20 years later.
Our pre-school was all about socializing, creativity and parent involvement rather than academics. I’m proud to say my kids have always had an easy time making friends and are both successful. A large part of that was because of their experience at the preschool school.
Please enjoy this Thanksgiving Yam and Cashew Peach Bake.
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup cashews unsalted, broken up
- 2 lbs yams 4 or 5 medium-sized
- 6 peach halves from a jar (sliced) reserve the juice) I found ½ peaches in white grape juice
- 3 Tbsps butter
- ½ tsp ginger ground
- Bake the yams with skins on for 40 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Remove while still a little firm in the center. Peel and slice the yams. (I also included a sweet potato or two because, honestly, I couldn't tell the difference.)
- Mix the brown sugar, cashews, and ginger in a bowl and set aside
- In a 10" x 6" x 2" baking dish, layer half the yams, half the peaches and half the ginger/cashew/sugar mixture. Then repeat using the remainder of each.
- Pour about ½ cup of the reserved peach liquid over the yam mixture, dot with butter and season with a little salt and pepper.
- Bake uncovered for 30 minutes at 350 degrees, then remove the cover and bake for another 30 minutes.
What’s your favorite way to fix yams? Please leave a comment below.