The inspiration for this dish came from several sources, the most prominent of which was the remains of a bag of frozen cranberries that were loitering in the freezer, left over from our Cornish Hens (and Tofu) with Cranberry Paste. Yams and Cranberries go together beautifully (the sweetness of the yams is a nice contrast to the cranberries' tartness) so I just needed to figure out how I wanted to combine them.
To me, the easiest way to make yams is to bake them, then puree them with a liquid (usually melted butter). However, when I made Roasted Yam Puree with Brown Butter, the vegetarian found it too rich (such a thing exists?) for his tastes. So butter was out. But why not use cranberry juice instead? So I pureed the cranberries (of course this required buying more, so there are still cranberries in the freezer) with water and a little sugar, then simmered them. Finally, to make it a little more interesting, I infused the cranberry liquid with some jasmine green tea. Enjoy!
Inspired by Eat Tea
- 4 jewel yams
- 14 ounces cranberries, defrosted if frozen (and a handful reserved for garnish, if desired)
- 1 cup water
- 1 cube brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons jasmine green tea leaves
- 1/8 teaspoon Himalayan salt
When yams are cooked, allow to rest until cool enough to touch. Then remove skins, cut into quarters and transfer to food processor. Process until smooth. Strain cranberry mixture into yams (pressing against the strainer pressing to extract as much liquid as possible. Add salt and pulse a few more times so everything is combined. Serve, garnished with reserved whole cranberries.
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