2 large yams or sweet potatoes
2 Cosmic Crisp®, cored and sliced crosswise into 3/8″ to 1/4″ rings
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons chopped pecans or walnuts
*Because yams (or sweet potatoes) require much longer cooking time than apples, this recipe calls for pre-baking them. This step can be done a day or so ahead, if desired.
Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Bake yams 35-40 minutes or until soft still retain their shape. (This step can also be done in the microwave; microwave yams on high 6-8 minutes, rotating halfway through cooking.) Cool yams until they can be handled. Reduce oven heat to 350 degrees F.
Peel yams and slice crosswise into 3/8″ to 1/4″ rings. In a shallow 1-quart baking dish, alternate apple rings and yam slices, overlapping their edges slightly. In small saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch, and cloves; stir in orange juice and blend. Heat orange juice mixture, stirring, until thickened; pour over apples and yams. Top casserole with nuts and bake 30-45 minutes or until apples are tender.