I am blogging this on my phone so the photos are going to be at the bottom. I'll go back and fix it later. But in case anyone wants to make the best yams ever... Even if you don't like yams, you will probably like these. They are more candy than yam.
First step: boil the yams. Put whole yams in a pot, cover with water and boil till a fork goes in easily but not till mushy. That takes 30-60 minutes depending on how thick your yams are.
Slice the yams about 1/2-3/4 inch thick. You can do this length wise or in circles or both.
Spray Pam in a baking dish. Layer the slices of yam in a single layer on the bottom of the dish. Make it fit like a puzzle so there is very little space where the bottom of the dish can be seen.
Sprinkle with salt. Take a handful of brown sugar and sprinkle it over the yams distributing evenly. Place pats of butter every few inches. (See photos).
Add another layer of yams, salt, brown sugar, and butter. Again fit the yams together as tight as you can but don't overlap.
Add a third (or fourth) layer if you have enough yams. Three layers is optimal.
Today I made 10#s of yams and used 2 sticks of butter and less than half a bag of brown sugar. I can't wait to put these back in the oven tomorrow to candy a little more while they reheat.
Trust me, marshmallows are totally unnecessary! These taste even better than they look!