I do some savory stuff with sweet potatoes *not yams*, but not in pie form. I'll check my "library" and see if there's something useful. I also have a favorite recipe of sweet potatoes and greens that uses dijon and honey.
with a little tweaking - maybe adding an egg or two? more milk or condensed milk? using less sweet potato so it's lighter? this might be a start:
I like green onions with them, too.
Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Garlic & Ginger
3 lb. sweet potatoes
6 Tbsp. butter or margarine
3 medium cloves garlic, pressed
2 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger
1 tsp. salt
3/4 cup warm milk
Peel potatoes and cut into 1 - inch chunks. Place in a steamer and steam until very soft, about 25 min. Drain and place in pot or bowl.
While potatoes are cooking, melt butter in a small saucepan. Add garlic and ginger; heat through for about 5 min. on medium-low heat to blend the flavors.
Add the butter, salt and milk to the hot potatoes and mash and blend well.
Serve immediately or cover with foil and keep in warm oven.
Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Pecans
about 4-1/2 cups
3 lb. sweet potatoes (can also use yams)
1/2 stick butter, cut into pieces, room temp.
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. grated lemon peel
1 tsp. grated orange peel
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350. Place potatoes on a baking sheet, pierce with a fork. Roast until tender, up to 1 hour and 15 min. Cool slightly. Peel, transfer to a large bowl and mash. Stir in butter, sugar, lemon and orange peel.
-Can be done one day ahead. Cover and chill.-
Preheat oven to 350. Mix eggs into potato mixture. Transfer to a baking dish. Sprinkle pecans over and bake until heated through, about 45 min. to
another recipe uses:
1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
1 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
¼ tsp. pepper
1/8 tsp. chili powder
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