Yam Gratin with Cashew Cream Sauce

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2012/12/14 by nikkiledford

Warning! This is NOT a particularly ‘easy’ clean plate recipe. It will take some time to put together, especially if you do not have a mandoline or slicing blade on your food processor. Slicing this stuff by hand is tedious for sure. HOWEVER, if you dedicate yourself to this dish, you will not be disappointed. There is also another variation of this recipe here.

It’s a simple recipe in the sense that it’s not very technically advanced and it would be difficult to screw up. It’s just a bit time-consuming. To make it go a bit faster, you could cut the yams and apples into small cubes and make more of a “hash/casserole” type thing. Up to you… obviously.

Bring to a holiday bash or enjoy at the homestead!

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Yam Gratin

2 yams, thinly sliced
3 large green apples, cored and thinly sliced
2 red onions, halved and thinly sliced
1 bag organic fresh cranberries
1 Tbsp. fresh thyme
1 Tbsp. fresh rosemary
2 Tbsp plus 1/4 c. coconut oil
salt and pepper to taste

Cashew Cream Sauce

1/2 c. cashews, soaked
1/2 c. macadamia nuts
1 c. water
1 Tbsp. fresh thyme
1/4 c. olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a medium skillet, heat 2 Tbsp. of coconut oil.
  3. Add onion, thyme, rosemary, and salt/pepper.
  4. Saute until carmelized (low and slow)
  5. In a large baking dish, arrange yams in a single layer, sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  6. Next, layer green apple in the same way. Add salt and pepper and a light brush of coconut oil (from the additional 1/4 c.)
  7. Now add about 1/3 of the onion mixture and a 1/4 -1/2 c. of cranberries.
  8. Continue the layers in this order until the onion mix is gone and the baking dish is full.
  9. Bake for 30 mins.
  10. While baking, make the sauce. Put everything save for the oil into a blender and combine. Slowly drizzle in the oil.
  11. Pour cream over gratin and bake for an additional 10 mins.
  12. Garnish with some sliced apple and chopped thyme.
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