Yam Pie


Around the world, the word “yam” is used to refer to different types of vegetables. In the United States and Canada, the word might be used to describe a type of sweet potato. The recipe below uses the vegetable used in Africa and the Caribbean. The yam is mashed and paired with salted cod to make a delicious pie that serves 4 to 6 people and can be eaten for lunch or dinner.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 pounds of yam, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup of seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of parsley flakes
  • 1 stalk of celery, halved and chopped
  • 1 pound of salted cod, boiled and shredded
  • 1/8 cup of chives, finely chopped


  1. Start off by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
  2. Next, in a small bowl, combine the cheeses and set the bowl aside. Spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set it aside.
  3. In a large pot, add the yam and cook until tender. Once the yam is cooked, drain the water and mash the yam with the butter and milk.
  4. Once the yam has been mashed, add 3/4 of the combined cheeses, finely chopped onion, minced garlic, freshly ground black pepper, cayenne pepper, parsley flakes, celery, salted cod and chives. Mix well before transferring the yam mixture to the prepared baking dish. Combine the remaining cheese with the seasoned breadcrumbs. Top the pie with the breadcrumbs and cheese and bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow the pie to cool for about 10 minutes before serving warm.



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