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Candied Yams: Yum or Yuck?

Golden Potato Root Mash

3 cups scrubbed, diced white potatoes
1 cup peeled, diced sweet potato or yam
1 carrot, scrubbed and diced
1 small turnip, scrubbed and diced
1/2 rutabaga, peeled and diced
1 parsnip, scrubbed and diced
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium white or yellow onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 shallot, minced
1/2 to 1 cup milk, half-and-half, or soymilk
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1. Place white and sweet potatoes, carrot, turnip, rutabaga, and parsnip in a large pot of boiling salted water and cook until very tender, around 30 to 40 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat and add onion, cooking around 10 to 15 minutes until it begins to brown and caramelize. Add garlic and shallot and continue cooking a few minutes until fragrant and softened.

3. Drain the potato mixture, return it to the pot, and smash with a potato masher, adding milk gradually until it reaches the desired consistency. Stir in the sautéed onion mixture with oil, add salt and pepper to taste, and serve hot.

A Care2 Timeless Favorite by Cait Johnson

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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11:13PM PDT on Sep 8, 2013

Yum, thank you for sharing.

11:13PM PDT on Sep 8, 2013

Yum, thank you for sharing.

11:12PM PDT on Sep 8, 2013

Yum, thank you for sharing.

11:11PM PDT on Sep 8, 2013

Yum, thank you for sharing.

2:05PM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

I don't like sweet potatoes. I like potatoes to taste of potatoes...not sweet.

10:28PM PST on Dec 3, 2011

I like sweet potatoes... Deep fried in tempura, baked with butter & cinnamon sugar, or as a casserole, but I like with the pecans roasted. Skip the flour. But the occasional marshmallow isn't going to hurt anyone as long as you're not partaking all year around.

4:18AM PST on Dec 3, 2011

Thanks for the wonderful recipes...

9:08PM PST on Dec 1, 2011

I like sweet potatos any way they are prepared...especially with a bit of brown sugar & butter,

6:21PM PST on Nov 28, 2011

Yummy to yams and yuck to marshmellows.
I love my yams roasted with rosemary, thyme, parsley, Olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper. I'll pass on the marshmellows and refined sugars some people cook with their yams.

1:52PM PST on Nov 28, 2011

marshmallows are yummy not yams

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