Yam Purée



Published by Hyperion

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I don’t know how to improve upon traditional mashed sweet potatoes, so I haven’t tried. This is an unadulterated classic–you might recognize it as one of the side dishes in grandma’s Thanksgiving lineup.

4 Portions

Cooking Methodroasting



Total Timeunder 2 hours

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionBuffet, Casual Dinner Party, Family Get-together

Recipe Courseside dish

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegetarian

Five Ingredients or LessYes



Taste and Texturebuttery, sweet

Type of Dishvegetable


  • 2 pounds yams or sweet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and ground pepper to taste
  • ½ cup honey, preferably clover honey
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Rub yams or sweet potatoes with oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Wrap each separately in aluminum foil and roast in oven for 1½ hours. Transfer to a plate and let rest just until cool enough to handle.

  2. Peel skin off yams and place yams in a bowl. Add honey and butter and mash with a fork; butter should melt completely. Yams can be reheated in an oven or microwave if necessary. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.


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