Mashed Japanese Yams with a Maple Butter Glaze
Japanese Sweet Potatoes are slightly sweet but not overpowering, making them the perfect mashed potato side. The maple butter glaze & pine nuts take this recipe to the next level.
Did you know yams are one of the most consumed foods in the world? Yeah, either did I! There are over 200 different varieties of yams, ranging from yellow to purple.
Some types of yams are harder to find in your typical grocery store than others. So, if you can't seem to find any Japanese yams look in your closest Asian or Carribean market.
The Japanese Yams
Let's get the potatoes in the oven before starting on the vegan, maple-butter glaze.
Preheat the oven to 400° F. Next, carefully pierce the yams with a knife or fork. Then, place them into the oven for 40-60 minutes or until a knife can be easily inserted into the side of the yam.
You can also boil the yams, but keep in mind boiling strips the yam of some key nutrients.
The Vegan Maple Butter Glaze
In a small saucepan, add the butter, rosemary, maple syrup, and garlic. Cook for about 1 minute over medium heat or until the butter has melted. Set this aside for now.
By now you can probably see how similar this recipe is to the classic sweet potato casserole. Although, the Japanese yam isn't as sweet, which is why I love them!
The Pine Nuts
To roast the pine nuts, add them to a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Then, cook for a minute or two, stirring frequently until golden brown.
Japanese Yam Casserole
Once the yams are cooked, mash them along with 2 tbsp of vegan butter and 1/8 cup cashew milk. I left the skin on the potatoes because why not, but if you aren't fond of the texture then just discard.
Now it's time to start bringing all the ingredients together. Start by pressing the mashed yams into the bottom of a casserole dish. Then, pour the maple butter over top, followed by the toasted pine nuts.
NOTE: If your Japanese yam casserole looks a little water (buttery) not to worry, this will all be absorbed while cooking.
Finally, place the casserole dish into the preheated oven at 400° F. Cook for 30-40 minutes or until all that yummy maple butter has been absorbed.
If you are in the market for something to go alongside your Mashed Japanese Yams, I would suggest this Oven Roasted Red Cabbage Steaks recipe.