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Beyond Marshmallows: 3 Yam Recipes for Your Holiday Table

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Not everyone loves the yam-with-marshmallow mixture that appears on most Thanksgiving tables.  So this year, surprise your guests one of these unique and delicious alternatives.  I guarantee you’ll have a happy crowd.

1.  Roasted Squash & Yam Salad (pictured above).  Golden raisins, crunchy pecans, and a tangy dressing make this warm salad a real treat for your tastebuds.

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2.  Sweet Potato & Poblano Salad.  Like a little kick, but not too much heat?  This dish is for you.

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3.  Spiced Mashed Yams.  Traditional fall flavors in a creamy whipped mash.

Whipped Mashed Yams
Serves: 8 servings
  • 3 pounds Yams
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  • ¾ cup Chicken Broth
  • ¼ cup Maple Syrup
  • 2 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 cup Plain lowfat yogurt
  1. Fill a large pot half way up with water. Place over high heat on stove and begin to bring to a boil. Cut peeled yams into 2 inch chunks and place in the water with 1 tsp salt. Boil until fork tender then drain in a colander.
  2. Place hot yams into the bowl of a stand mixer. (You can also mash these by hand with a potato masher). Turn mixer on low and begin to mash yams. Add yogurt, cinnamon, nutmeg, syrup, and butter. Turn mixer to medium to whip yams into a creamier mixture for about 15 seconds. Return to low and add chicken (or vegetable) broth, then mix another 10 seconds. Taste for seasoning.
  3. Place in a large bowl, drizzle with a little more maple syrup and a sprinkling of cinnamon.
Careful not to over mix the potatoes - they can turn gummy pretty easily. If you'd rather mash these with a potato masher, then mix in the ingredients, that's fine too.

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