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Smoked Sweet Potatoes

Photo: Thomas J. Story

Total time 1 hr, 15 mins

Serves 8

Oakland chef Tanya Holland typically puts cream and butter in her smoked sweet potatoes (often called yams), but to make them kosher for her Passover Seder, she uses coconut butter instead.


  • 4 pounds orange-fleshed sweet potatoes (often labeled "yams")
  • 3 cups mesquite chips, soaked in water at least 30 minutes
  • 1/4 cup virgin coconut butter*
  • 3 to 4 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. cayenne
  • About 3/4 tsp. kosher salt

Nutrition Information

  • calories 219
  • caloriesfromfat 21 %
  • protein 3.1 g
  • fat 5.1 g
  • satfat 4.8 g
  • carbohydrate 41 g
  • fiber 5.9 g
  • sodium 236 mg
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Peel yams, then slice crosswise 1 in. thick. Sprinkle wood chips in a large roasting pan. Set a baking rack over chips. Pour in 1/4 in. water. Put yams on rack, cover with foil, and roast until a knife slides in easily, 1 hour.

  2. Mash yams. Stir in remaining ingredients and a little hot water if they seem stiff.

  3. *Find at well-stocked markets and online.