Sweet and tasty Mashed Yams cooked with butter and cream, topped with feta cheese and pistachios make an easy autumn dish.
Here’s a delicious and aromatic twist on Mashed Yams: sweet yams paired with salty feta and crunchy pistachios sautéed in rosemary butter. I love this flavor combination and I am sure you will too!
I’ve made this recipe several times already, and I came to the conclusion that if you have a little extra time, it is better to bake the yams vs. boil them. They taste so much sweeter and the texture is also nicer. In the recipe below I’ll give you baking and boiling instructions and you can choose which method to use.
Let’s get started with the ingredient list:
- 2 lbs. sweet yams
- 3 tbsp. butter
- 1/3 cup half&half
- 1/4 cup pistachios
- 1/2 cup feta cheese
- 2-3 tbsp. maple syrup (optional)
- 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
1. BAKING METHOD: Wash the yams and pat dry with a paper towel. Cover the yams in heavy duty aluminum foil and bake at 350°F for about 2 hours or until tender (baking time varies depending on the size of the yams).
BOILING METHOD: Peel and cut the yams into large pieces. Add enough water to just cover the yams and bring to a boil. Simmer the yams until cooked through (about 30 minutes). Remove the water reserving 1/2 cup, which can be used during mashing to regulate the texture.
Once the yams are cooked, set them aside.
2. In a small skillet melt the butter and add pistachios and rosemary. Cook on medium heat for about 1 minute.
3. Remove the pistachios and rosemary from the skillet and save for later.
4. Place the yams in a large bowl, add the melted butter and cream, and mash with a potato masher. During this step, taste the yams, add a little maple syrup if not sweet enough or a little of the reserved water to give it a slightly smoother consistency. Once satisfied with the taste, add feta cheese and mash a little more.
5. Transfer the mashed yams onto a serving platter and garnish with reserved pistachios, rosemary and feta crumbles.