Mashed Yams with Crispy Maple Shallots - Cook For Your Life-anti-cancer recipes

Mashed Yams With Crispy Maple Shallots

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Clock Icon for Prep Time 20 min prep
Person Icon for Serving Size 6 servings
Carrot Icon for Number of Ingredients Size 6 ingredients

This dairy-free sweet potato dish, with its sweet and crunchy shallot topping, is a staff favorite at Cook for Your Life. During the holidays, the shallot topping is a great alternative to the more...


  • ¼ cup olive oil, divided
  • 3 medium shallots, about 1½ cups, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon, sliced fresh sage
  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch dice
  • Salt and black pepper, freshly ground,  to taste

Nutrition Facts


311 cals


9 g

Saturated Fat

1 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

1 g

Monounsaturated Fat

7 g


54 g


14 g


9 g


5 g


631 mg


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a medium skillet over low heat. Add shallots to pan and cook until softened, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the maple syrup and sage, and cook, stirring occasionally, over medium heat for 7 minutes or until the shallots are very golden. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium stockpot, cover the sweet potatoes with water.  Bring to a boil, and cook until tender, about 8-10 minutes. Drain then pour in a large bowl.  Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil, salt and pepper. Mash with a potato masher, or blend with a hand-mixer until smooth.  Taste for seasoning.
  3. Transfer to a serving bowl and top with the crispy shallots.  Serve warm.

Chef Tips

Use the shallot topping to add a little oomph to grain dishes like basic quinoa, couscous, or brown rice or in classic holiday fare like green beans and mashed potatoes.

Registered Dietitian Approved

All our recipes are created by chefs and reviewed by our oncology-trained staff Registered Dietitian, Kate Ueland, MS, RD, to ensure that each is backed with scientific evidence and meets the standards set by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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