Roasted Smashed Yams

I’m in a fall-inspired comfort food mood… Can you tell?

I blame it on the weather.  We went to Boston this past weekend for a short vacation.  Well, we picked the wrong weekend. It was cold and windy, and it even snowed a bit on Sunday.  We were afraid we were going to get snowed in at the Boston airport on Sunday night… Sunday, October 18th, that is! Can you believe it was snowing in mid-October?

The cold weather really got me thinking about the holidays, though, which immediately made me start thinking about comfort food!  Apparently my husband was thinking along the same lines.  When I asked him what he wanted for dinner after we got home, he requested smashed yams. I wasn’t in the mood for the usual smashed yams with milk and butter.  I wanted something with lots of flavor that wasn’t so heavy (especially after a weekend of eating out three meals a day!).

So, I roasted the yams in the oven instead of boiling them and then smashed them with some brown sugar and apple cider.  They were fantastic, if I may say so myself.  I think they may actually replace my usual candied yams this Thanksgiving!  This recipe made about 4 servings, but it can easily be doubled or tripled.

Roasted Smashed Yams

  • 3 medium yams, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar + additional for sprinkling
  • Pinch nutmeg

Preheat the oven to 425°F.  Arrange the yams in a baking pan (or on a baking sheet) lined with aluminum foil.  Sprinkle with cinnamon and the butter pieces.  Roast in the oven for 35 – 40 minutes, until soft, stirring a few times to evenly coat the yams in the butter and cinnamon.

Transfer the roasted yams to a mixing bowl.  Add the apple cider and brown sugar.  Smash with a potato masher to your desired consistency – I like mine a bit on the chunky side.

Serve immediately topped with some additional brown sugar and a sprinkling of nutmeg.

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18 Responses to Roasted Smashed Yams
  1. Divina
    October 21, 2009 | 8:32 pm

    Lovely roasted yams. I couldn’t find yams yet. Actually, we only have orange sweet potatoes. Even if we don’t have an autumn season, I agree they are still comforting.

  2. Mags
    October 22, 2009 | 12:23 am

    I just wish I knew the difference between sweet potatoes and yams. Is there a difference? Your yams look lovely btw.

  3. jenn
    October 22, 2009 | 12:55 am

    Ooo…I love the added cinnamon and brown sugar. I’m definitely going to try this.

  4. Tracy
    October 22, 2009 | 8:09 am

    This looks amazing! I have been wanting to make something with yams lately but didn’t have any new ideas. I definitely want to try this!!

  5. Natasha - 5 Star Foodie
    October 22, 2009 | 10:04 am

    Sounds delicious with brown sugar & cider! I haven’t picked up yams this season yet, it’s about time now!

  6. Nutmeg Nanny
    October 22, 2009 | 8:50 pm

    These look great. Sweet and homey:) I’m so jealous you went to Boston. I keep begging my boyfriend to take me there. The sad thing is we only live about 3 hours away.

  7. Jen
    October 22, 2009 | 9:56 pm

    wow, that looks so delicious! I am so jealous about Boston too, would love to see that city!

  8. Kamran Siddiqi
    October 24, 2009 | 7:29 am

    I normally don’t always eat yams, but OMG! You seriously know how to make me hungry!

  9. Maria
    November 5, 2009 | 4:54 pm

    Love these! I can smell them through the screen!

  10. Matt SF
    November 10, 2009 | 5:25 pm

    Definitely have to give this a try. Never made a yams dish with apple cider, so curious if the acidity will give it a flavor pop.

  11. Amy
    November 24, 2009 | 5:43 pm

    how many people does this feed?????????

  12. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction
    November 24, 2009 | 6:31 pm

    Amy – 3 medium yams would serve about 2-3 people. I was making this for my husband and I, and that is how much I made.

  13. VeggieGirl
    November 25, 2009 | 2:51 pm

    HOLY YUM!!

  14. nancy@skinnykitchen
    November 7, 2010 | 1:33 pm

    These potatoes sound simply delicious!

  15. david
    November 15, 2010 | 2:07 pm

    Not a fan of yams but this was delicious

  16. david
    November 15, 2010 | 2:09 pm

    The yams were simply delicious though i have not been a fan since when i knew myself

  17. david
    November 15, 2010 | 2:10 pm

    the yam was just fabulous. Thanks!

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