FRESH YAMS IN ORANGE SAUCE
4 lbs fresh yams or sweet potatoes
2 tbsp cornstarch or arrowroot powder
2 c orange juice
1/2 c pitted dates
1 1/2 tsp grated orange peel
Cook or bake yams until nearly tender. Peel and slice. Place slices in a large casserole dish with a cover. Blend remaining ingredients until smooth, and simmer in small saucepan until mixture thickens, stirring constantly.
Pour sauce over yams, cover and bake 45 minutes at 400o F. Remove cover, and bake an additional 15 minutes. Garnish with orange slices and sprigs of mint.
Note: This can be assembled a day ahead and refrigerated until ready to heat and serve.
Alternate Method: Scrub yams, and peel lightly. Slice, and place in a large covered casserole dish. Proceed as above, baking yams with sauce until tender, about 45 minutes.