Guyana Ham Scalloped Yams


  • 1/4 lb of ham, cut into cubes
  • 4 medium yams
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tbs onion minced
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 cup grated cheese of your choice
  • kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste
This is a recipe from Guyana. It is important to note that a yam is not a sweet potato. Yams are almost white or pale yellow in color. You can find yams at many Latin American or Caribbean markets. In a pinch, you can substitute sweet potatoes.


  • Peel the yams and cut into thin rounds, reserve some for the top layer.
  • Melt the butter in the micro wave.
  • Place half the yams in a buttered baking dish, cover with half of the butter..
  • Sprinkle half of the bread crumbs and onions, ham, salt and pepper.
  • Repeat the process and continue the layers
  • Top the dish with the reserved yam, and brush with melted butter
  • Pour in the whipping cream and sprinkle with the grated cheese.
  • Cover and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.
  • Uncover and bake for another 15 minutes or until tender and brown.

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