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Jun 11, 2012 07:26 AM

Asian Sweet Potato Pie?

I've been really into baking real sweet potato pie- that would be baking my own garnet yams and mashing them myself. I have also been really into Asian (purple on the outside/yellow on the inside) yams with seared (hopefully nonradioactive) tuna on the side. I was wondering if I could bake that same sweet potato pie, substituting Asian yam for garnet? Seems like a great idea, but have never actually tried it. Have you?

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  1. I don't see why not. They are the same species, just different varieties. That's assuming you are talking the sweet potato that I see labeled 'Japanese yam'. After cooking (I steam or boil more than bake) and mashing, the puree might be a bit dryer. And sweetness may be less. But those are things you can tweak with other ingredients.

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    1. re: paulj

      Thanks, I figured it can't be bad, but I have noticed that the Asian one is starchier (it seems) and was wondering if someone had already to tried to bake a pie with it and had some measurements since I haven't been able to find a recipe

    2. Just remember that the Japanese yams you are referring to will be starchier. It'll work, but just keep that in mind. It'll also be less sweet, which I find to be a good thing.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        thanks- i haven't made it back to the market yet, but I'm thinking about just trying it and see what happens