6 medium sized yams
1/3 cup dark Karo syrup
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/4 cup water
1/4 pound butter (4 ounces)
Cook the unpeeled yams in boiling water for about 15 minutes.
You want them to be semi-done, but not soft.
Remove from heat and cool until you can peel them.
Cut crosswise in 1/2" rounds.
Melt butter, sugar, Karo syrup, and water together in a large skillet.
Lay yams cut side down in this syrup and cook on low heat, turning occasionally and basting occasionally so yams candy on both sides.
Keep heat low so they do not scorch.
Cook slowly until yams are tender and syrup flavor has permeated the yams.
Takes about 30-45 minutes, depending on how much you precooked your yams.
Note: I use a mixture of light Karo syrup and real maple syrup instead of the dark Karo.
Also, I do the caramlizing in the oven at 350º F, basting with the syrup occasionally and adding a handful of miniature marshmallows at the end, stirring in until they melt.
posted by Cathy in TX