As it gets colder in time for winter, it’s time for some winter dishes that are warm and filling. One such dish is an old recipe that has become today’s recipe, mashed yams with a corn flake topping. I personally like this dish for the corn flake topping which adds a bit of sweetness and crunch to the mashed yams. Also, I think that using yams instead of potatoes makes for a more filling and satisfying dish.

Serves: 4

Here’s what you’ll need:
-3 Yams (roughly giving 3/4 yam per person, though you can increase the number of yams if you would like to make sure you have leftovers)
-Earth balance vegan butter
-Unsweetened soymilk
-Corn flakes

The finished mashed yams with corn flake topping!

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees so that it will be warm and ready when you need it to be.

Start by putting a pot of water on to boil. Then get to work washing and peeling your yams. Then cut your yams into quarters so you have four smaller pieces of yam, which will boil faster than the whole yam. When the water is boiling, place your pieces of yam into the pot. Turn the heat down to low so you have a low boil. Cook the yams until very tender and fork soft, about 15 to 20 minutes. Turn off the heat and then dump the water out from the pot, leaving the yams in the pot.

Put some milk into a pot to warm. I used unsweetened soy milk. I would give you a measurement for the milk but I did it by eye. You don’t want to warm too much milk and have your yams turn to mush but at the same time you don’t want not enough milk that your yams are left dry.

While you are waiting for your milk to warm, you can mash in your butter, as much as you see fit. I used earth balance vegan butter. I also added some fresh cracked pepper. I didn’t add salt because I didn’t think it was necessary. I think there’s already salt in the vegan butter anyways. Although, if you’d like to add some salt at this time, feel free to add it.

When your milk has warmed, add that to the yams as well. Then transfer your mashed yams into a small casserole dish. In a large bowl pour corn flakes and melted butter and mix well. Then spread this mixture on top of your mashed yams and bake for about 15 to 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

Now you’ll have a delicious mashed yam dish with a crunchy corn flake topping to enjoy!