At least 4 strips of banana leaf (optional, but traditional)
Stage 1 - Pre-Cook Yam
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
Once your oven is heated, place your yams on a baking plate and place into the oven. Bake for 10-12 minutes in order to pre-soften your yams
After 12 minutes, remove and add it to the rest of your ingredients and the "Bougna assembly line"
Stage 2 - Prepare your Bougna "Assembly Line"
Take a baking dish (we used a circular Pyrex 9" in diameter) and line with aluminum foil. Be sure to have plenty of extra aluminum foil over the edges, since you will wrap the foil over the entire bougna for baking
Next, line your strips of banana leaves over the aluminum foil if you end up using them. Press them into your baking dish to create a "bed" into which the ingredients can go
Stage 3 - Assemble your Bougna
Start assembling your bougna with a base layer of your yams
Next, place your prawns over top the yams, followed by your tomatoes and onions both over top the prawns and into the open spaces between the prawns
Sprinkle your grated coconut over everything, then pour your coconut milk over the entire bougna mixture evenly
Season everything with your sea salt and black pepper
Tightly wrap the banana leaves and/or aluminum foil to enclose your bougna, then place in the oven. Bake for at least 45 minutes
After 45 minutes, unwrap your banana leaves and/or aluminum foil, and enjoy!
CuisineMelanesian (New Caledonia)
Recipe by Arousing Appetites: Home to the Serious Cook at https://blog.arousingappetites.com/bougna-kanak-yam-seafood-curry/