Vanilla Bean-Whipped Yams
Simple and flavorful, our Vanilla Bean Whipped Yams are healthier than sugary full-fat versions of this dish. There’s no butter added, so diners may top with butter if they wish. The vanilla bean gives it a smooth sweetness that will have everyone asking for seconds.
Total cook time
- 3 pounds yams (sweet potatoes can be substituted)
- 1 cup low fat milk, whole milk, or fat-free half and half
- 1 vanilla bean (slit lengthwise, seeds scraped out with small metal spoon or dinner knife)
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste (optional)
Pierce yams several times with a big fork and microwave until tender (about 7-9 minutes).
While yams are in microwave, combine milk, vanilla bean and seeds that have been scraped out of the vanilla bean in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer, stirring often. Let simmer about a minute then turn off heat and remove the vanilla bean shell and discard.
When yams are tender, cool slightly, then cut each in half lengthwise and scoop out all of the flesh with a large metal spoon and place in food processor. With the processor running, pour the vanilla cream mixture into the yams and process until smooth.
Season with salt and pepper then transfer to a serving bowl and serve with whipped butter and/or toasted pecans if desired.
All recipe ingredients should be cooked to a safe internal temperature according to USDA guidelines. After preparing a recipe, please store any leftovers in the refrigerator.