Soy-Glazed Sweet Potatoes
Makes 12 pieces, serves 6.
3 large sweet potatoes
1 tablespoon roasted sesame oil
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons mirin or sweet sherry
1 tablespoon minced garlic
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Scrub the sweet potatoes and cut them lengthwise into quarters or halves. Place them in a baking dish roomy enough to hold them in a single layer. Combine the rest of the ingredients except the sesame seeds. Brush all of the resulting sauce over the sweet potatoes, then cover the dish tightly with foil. Bake until nearly tender (50 minutes-1 hour). Remove the foil, baste the sweet potatoes with their juices, and return to the oven until the liquid has reduced to a glaze and the potatoes are fully tender (15-20 minutes longer). Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.