African yams taste slightly different than Western yams, but Western yams may be used.


  • 4 yams (a sweet potato may be substituted)
  • Salt, pepper, and butter, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Scrub yams. Wrap each in aluminum foil (or banana leaves, available at some specialty food stores), as one would wrap baking potatoes.
  3. Bake for 45 minutes, or until tender when pricked with a fork.
  4. Be very careful unwrapping foil from yams.
  5. Serve with salt, pepper, and butter.

Serves 4 (or more).

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