This is a definite winner for the season, whether you're vegetarian or not. It's a festive side dish to your holiday main dish. Traditionally sweetened with maple syrup, but not overly so, and with some walnutty protein in almost every bite, you can treat yourself and indulge in a generous serving of this luscious combination of fruit and root.
Heat oven to 375 degrees
1 lb yams, peeled, cut into 1 inch chunks, parboiled
1/2 cup raisins microwaved in 2 c water for 45 seconds
1 lb Cortland or Rome apples, cored and cut into 1 inch chunks
1/2 cup walnuts
2 oz maple syrup
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cloves
Add maple syrup and spices to raisin/water mixture. Place apples and yams in casserole. Pour in syrup mixture. Bake, covered, until yams are fully cooked, about an hour, basting every few minutes.