Roasted Yam Spikes with Smoked Orange Bitter Glaze

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Serve 4
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: about an hour

3 pounds yams, cut into steak fry sized spikes
2 tablespoons rice bran oil* or vegetable oil
1-2 red chilis (use less if you don’t like spicy)
4-6 sprigs fresh thyme
4-6 sprigs fresh Italian parsley
1 bulb Hardneck garlic- cut in half**
Sea salt to taste

1½ cups orange juice- fresh and organic of possible
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
¼ cup high quality red wine vinegar
1 dropper worth of smoke orange bitters (optional, but see notes section at end of recipe)***

3 oz Fresh goat cheese (optional)

Preheat oven to 425°F.

In a large bowl, toss the yam spikes with the rice bran/vegetable oil, red chili, fresh herbs, sea salt and cut garlic. Set aside.

In a medium sauce pan, combine the orange juice, brown sugar, and vinegar. Mix well and simmer until the mixture is reduced to about 1 cup; 15-20 minutes (you want it reduced down and a syrup consistency). When the orange juice mix is reduced, add the bitters and a pinch of sea salt. Set aside a small amount of the glaze, about ¼ cup, for basting later through the cooking process. Toss the yam mixture in the remaining glaze.

Spread the yam mixture out onto a parchment lined baking sheet and pop in the oven for about 25-30 minutes. Baste and turn the yams with ½ of the mixture previously set aside, and cook for another 15 minutes. Baste (with the remaining mixture) and turn a 2nd time. If the mixture is getting too browned, reduce the heat to 375°F and continue cooking until the yams are tender, sticky and dark.

Cool slightly and top with goat cheese if desired.

Notes From Within Recipe:

*Rice bran oil is a high heat, healthy oil and is worth having in your pantry.

**Softneck garlic is the kind of garlic generally found in grocery stores. Hardneck garlic, however, has a more complex flavor than softneck garlic (more similar to wild garlic), but it is harder to grow than softneck. Hardneck is often found at farmers’ markets. Either type of garlic will work great in this recipe.

***Smoke orange bitters can be found at specialty stores and online. While you can certainly leave this out of the recipe, and the dish will still be great, the addition of the bitters just makes the dish AMAZING!