Why not form the perfect marriage between Cassava from the Caribbean and Sweet Potato from the US. This buttery blend will melt in your mouth and leave you wanting more.
To learn more about the history and nutritive value of sweet potato, you will enjoy reading my Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding blog and recipe.
Let’s read more about Cassava. If you are from the Caribbean, you may be more familiar with this exotic root vegetable. In addition, you may have enjoyed them in different home cooked meals
What is Cassava?
on the market: cassava flour, cassava cake, and cassava chips (my favorite). More importantly, cassava is gluten-free and is ideal for those who follow a gluten free diet.
Do Not Eat Cassava Raw
Cassava must be cooked. In Jamaica cassava is used to make Bammy a form of cassava cake. The most important step in this recipe is that the cassava is grated, the juice extracted and discarded. I often watch my mom make Bammy as a child and this step was said to be very important for not “getting poisoned.”
The root vegetable can be dangerous to your health when eaten raw or in large amounts because they contain a substance called cyanogenic glycosides. In addition, this chemical has the potential to release cyanide in your body and can negatively affect the function of your nerves and thyroids.
Cooking Cassava is a great way to enjoy them. Moreover, their waxy- nutty texture makes them idea for this buttery cassava sweet potato mash recipe.
Buttery Cassava Sweet Potato Mash
Buttery Cassava Sweet Potato Mash.
- Cutting Board
- 2½ cups Cubed Cassava
- 2 cups Canned Sweet Potato in light syrup
- 3 tbsp Unsalted Butter
- ½ cup 2 % Milk
- 1 tsp. Salt
- In the saucepan, add cubed cassava and 3 cups water. Bring to boil and cook until tender.
- Strain liquid from cooked cassava using the strainer.
- Empty the cooked cassava to the bowl.
- Add the butter and salt and use the whisk to mash together.
- Mash cassava with the whisk.
- Open the can of sweet potato in light syrup.
- Remove only the potato and add to the mashed cassava.
- Add the milk and use the whisk to further mash the sweet potato into the cassava mixture. Mix together using the spoon.