Mashed Yams with Maple and Ginger

  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings

You can bake the yams 3 to 4 days before making the mash. After baking, cool and peel potatoes and refrigerate until ready to mash. For a real time-saver, make this dish ahead and transfer it to an oven-safe casserole. Just before serving, add a generous sprinkle of brown sugar over the top and place in the oven to heat. I like to garnish the potatoes with a handful of sun-dried cranberries.


4tablespoons unsalted butter or soy margarine, melted
1/2cup maple syrup
1/4cup orange juice
1tablespoon dried orange peel
2teaspoons cinnamon
2tablespoons grated ginger root
1/4cup light cream
5pounds warm, peeled and cooked sweet potatoes or yams*


  1. Combine all ingredients except potatoes in a small saucepan and allow to blend. Place potatoes in a bowl and mash. Fold in melted butter mixture and continue to mash with a potato masher or whisk.

Note: To cook sweet potatoes or yams: Bake in a 375F oven 35 to 40 minutes until tender. Cool slightly before peeling and mashing. 

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 276
  • Fat 7g
  • Cholesterol 5mg
  • Sodium 66mg
  • Carbohydrate 51g
  • Fiber 6g
  • Sugars 27g
  • Protein 4g