This Thanksgiving or Christmas side dish is reminiscent of crème brûlée. The baked yam mash is sprinkled with sugar and then put under the broiler to create a crackly burnt sugar topping.

Yield: Serves 8.



  • 10 cups cubed peeled yams
  • 3/4 cup homogenized milk
  • 1/4 cup salted butter, cubed
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup packed golden brown sugar


  1. Cook yams in boiling salted water until tender, about 20 minutes; drain.
  2. Working in batches, place yams in a food processor; process until smooth. Transfer yams to a bowl. Stir in milk, butter, cinnamon, salt, cayenne pepper and nutmeg, stirring until butter is melted. Spoon yam mixture into a greased 2 quart baking dish. May be prepared to this point and refrigerated for up to 24 hours.
  3. Remove baking dish from refrigerator and let stand for 20 – 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°F.
  4. Bake, covered, for 30 minutes or until heated through. Remove baking dish from oven. Uncover and sprinkle brown sugar on top of yam mixture.
  5. Preheat broiler. Broil until brown sugar is melted and bubbly, about 4 – 5 minutes.
Nutritional analysis per serving:

339 calories, 6.9 g fat, 3.7 g protein, 67.1 g carbohydrate, 7.8 g fibre, 294 mg sodium