Roasted Yams with Spinach and Sautéed Onions

Roasted Yams with Spinach and Sautéed Onions

This is a result of my experiments in attempt to invent a new filling for a yeast dough pie. The final product happened to be so good that I decided it’s worth a life on its own. It will be terrific as a side dish with a roasted bird.


Makes 4 to 6 side dish servings


  • About 2 lb yams, peeled, cut into 1-inch cubes (you should get about 4 cups)
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely diced
  • 10 oz frozen spinach, defrosted and squeezed dry
  • 1 bunch of scallions, chopped (about 1 ½ cups)
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Preheat the oven to 400 F. Toss the yams with some olive oil, salt and pepper in a roasting pan.  Roast just until tender, about 30 minutes turning them after 20 minute.

Meanwhile preheat a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Melt the butter and olive oil, add the sliced white onions and sauté until light golden. Add the garlic, sauté for 1 minute. Then add the spinach, scallions and nutmeg. Sauté stirring for one more minute until the scallions start to wilt. Take the pan off the heat. Add salt and pepper according to your taste. Add the roasted yams. Serve.

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8 Responses to “Roasted Yams with Spinach and Sautéed Onions”

  1. loved ur blog and ur pics and most of ur recipes! went thru almost all and going to try this one out soon :)

  2. Nags, thank you for your kind words. I’ll be very glad if you give it a try.

  3. Hi Vera,
    I tried dark chocolate brownies with milk chocolate sauce. It was a great success. Thank you.
    Do you cook food too? May be you can share some recepies.

  4. Luda, it’s great you liked them! I do cook, a lot. But my blog is mostly about the desserts. Maybe, one day I’ll start a cooking project as well :)

  5. This was such a hit at my house. This is a keeper!

  6. Hi Vera,

    Do you think regular white potatoes could be substituted for the yams? I want to make this for my family but my Father is picky and not a fan of yams (unfortunately).

    Thanks in advance!

  7. Ena, sure you can use regular potatoes instead.

  8. Excellent! Thanks for your quick reply. I’m planning on making your yeasted pie with this filling for dinner today :). I’ll let you know how it goes!

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