These aren’t just your basic yammy yam fries; they’re smoky yam fries. They accompany almost any dish with a sharp, tangy flavour that would make you see the humble yam in a whole new way.
I never did care for yams much, or sweet potatoes for that matter. Not until a handful of years ago, in the form of hash browns a friend of mine had served at a brunch she was hosting. Before I tried them served up fried like regular potatoes (which I simply adore in almost every form). I often equated yams with mushy pumpkin…. I suppose I had been given bad yam cookery up until that point….
Anyways…. I had my mind and horizons expanded by both travel and working in an international grade city where I chanced to meet and work with chefs from all over the world, I have garnered a deep appreciation for the mighty yam. Especially if it’s cooked like the mighty potato. The sugar content lends itself so well to caramelization and gives off such a rich flavour.
Liquid smoke is something of a guilty pleasure and a cut corner cheat ingredient I keep in my arsenal for obvious reasons (I live in an apartment and operating a smoker on my balcony would annoy my neighbours). I use it on occasion just to sharpen up or augment the husky flavour of certain dishes. As I’ve said in another post: I love BBQ and the tangy sharpness of anything smoked.
Caraway seeds are an unsung hero of the spice rack; don’t believe me? Find some and play about with how they can alter the depth of a creation. These smoky yam fries are excellently accompanied by a mayonnaise or aioli, but sometimes, simple ketchup or hot sauce will do the trick. I happily use either, depending on my mood.
Smoky Yam Fries
- Mixing bowl, baking sheet
- 5 whole yams medium size
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp liquid smoke extract
- 2 tsp caraway seeds
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp jerk seasoning
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Preheat your oven to 400F
- Cut yams into wedges; about 6-8 wedges per yam, depending on thickness
- Place the yam wedges in a large enough mixing bowl to allow thourough mixing; add remaining ingredients and mix until all the yams are coated.
- Place the yams on a baking sheet in a single layer; this will ensure even cooking.
- Place in the oven for approxiamately 30 minutes or until desired browning has occured.
- Remove from oven and serve immediately.