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Sep 17, 2007 08:24 AM

Mashed Yams?

Hi... I'm making comfort food today in the crock pot and was thinking of making mashed yams/sweet potatoes in lieu of traditional mashed potatoes (for health reasons for my toddler boys, we try to avoid traditional white potatoes as much as possible). Has anyone had any luck making mashed yams? If so, please share your recipe/tips. I have garnet yams on hand and ready... thanks.

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  1. I love to add pineapple juice and pieces to yams. Sprinkle with a pinch of cinnamon to top. Otherwise, you could use chicken stock and a dab of butter. Throw in some golden raisins and chopped nuts too.


    1. You can make mashed sweet potatoes (what you have are probably sweet potatoes, which come with flesh ranging from pale to garnet -- true yams are ginormous starchy things) just the same way you make mashed white potatoes. You'll want one per adult, and perhaps one for your toddlers to share? Cut them in chunks. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add about a teaspoon of salt. Boil the sweet potatoes for 20 to 30 minutes, until tender. They are easier to peel when cooked. Then simply mash them. I add about butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon. You can vary them by stirring in applesauce, or orange juice concentrate, or crushed pineapple.

      1. Love them. I have used the immersion blender- looks like baby food, but taste great. Just some S/P, butter- and a bit of maple surup if you like. I lprefer mine with just the S/P and butter. When I make them this way, I bake them first- that way they are nivce and dry when you mash or use the immersion blender. Also good to make oven fries- just slice, toss n a bit of oil, and into a hot oven until crispy. We love sweet potatoes n my house!

        1. Sweet potatoes are great mashed. I use a standard hand masher. I find the texture to be a little more lumpy than when using white potatoes but I like the more rustic texture. My son likes them with sugar and cinnamon. My daugter will not touch a sweet potato. My personal favorite is to cook the sweet potatoes with a split vanilla bean pod or add the scraped beans to the potatoes after draining and before mashing. A little cream, butter makes them ultra rich and one of my favorite additions is fine diced jalapeno or serrano peppers. The heat plus the vanilla and the natural sweetness of the potato is just wonderful.

          1. These are a favourite at home. If we want to gussy them up, we add some maple syrup and cardamom, or a sprinkle of cayenne and curry powder. They're much tastier than regular mashers, IMO, and much healthier to boot.