I learned the hard way that while people throw around the terms “yams” and “sweet potatoes” interchangeably, they’re not the same thing. Wanting to make what’s commonly called “mashed sweet potatoes,” I bought something at the store labeled “sweet potatoes.” When I returned home and peeled the “sweet potatoes” I found that they were hard, white potatoes– not what I was looking for. So on the second trip to the store, I bought yams, and these were right on. Peeling them revealed their soft, orange flesh. Score!
To make mashed yams, you’ll need:
- 2 medium-sized yams
- 4 Tbsp butter
- 4 Tbsp brown sugar
- vegetable steamer
1. Peel and chop up the yams into 2-inch chunks.
2. Steam until tender, about 15-20 minutes.
3. Mash sweet potatoes in a bowl. Add 3 Tbsp butter and 3 Tbsp of brown sugar. Mix.
4. Place the remaining butter and brown sugar on top of each serving for extra buttery, sugary goodness. Enjoy.