Mashed Yam (Cape Verde Islands) Pure De Inhame

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins

This dish shows a bit of Portuguese-African fusion cuisine. Recipe adapted from "The Africa Cookbook, Tastes of a Continent" by Jessica B. Harris.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 5 cups yams, pieces cooked
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon butter, at room temperature
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • nutmeg, for dusting


  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Puree the cooked yam pieces by putting them through a food mill.
  3. Gradually add the beaten egg, the butter, and the salt, mixing well to make sure that all the ingredients are blended.
  4. Spoon the mashed yam into an ovenproof cassserole, and paint the top with the beaten egg yolk.
  5. Place casserole in the oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Top with a few gratings of nutmeg and serve hot.

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