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Coconut Mashed Yams

The Thanksgiving yam dish is given a delicious makeover by Jillena Hernández! This unique dish combines mashed yam with savory flavors like garlic, thyme, and salt, as well as the tropical creaminess of coconut milk.

Easy, delicious, and nutritious! Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

Adapted from Millenium Cookbook

Yield: 6 servings

Coconut Mashed Yams


  • 3 large yams, peeled and cubed
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp fresh or dried thyme, minced
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4-1/2 cup lite coconut milk


  1. Boil 3 quarts water. Add the yams and boil until the yams are easily pierced by a fork. Check after 15 minutes. Drain and let sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Heat the oil in a small saucepan. Add the garlic and thyme and cook over medium-high heat until the garlic is golden. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add the yams, nutmeg, salt and 1/4 cup coconut milk. Mash with a potato masher until you reach the desired consistency. Sometimes I make it chunky for a more rustic presentation. In the picture above, I mashed it for about 15 minutes. Add the rest of the coconut milk to modify consistency.


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