Not all of our endeavors end as we’d like them too. Thus begins the story of Yam Fries. It’s Oscar night and here I am wanting to make a healthy snack to counter the chips, dips, and wings we’ve got stacked on the menu. Just so we’re clear I have made yam fries before, gloriously golden yam fries, but last night something went terribly wrong.
I started with two big yams. Usually I slice them into strips like french fries but I wanted to make them more chip like so I thinly sliced them instead. Next up I divided the yams, one batch I was making with my usual yam fries seasoning: garlic, cayenne pepper or chili flakes, cinnamon, and salt. The second batch I used a new recipe involving maple syrup and nutmeg (see recipe below). I lay the fries out on a baking sheet and sprinkle the seasoning overtop. I’ve tried to write out the measurements but it’s not a science, season as you like.
Original Seasoning Mix:
2-3 big yams, cut into strips
3 tbsp canola oil
1-2 minced garlic cloves (depending on your tastes)
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cayenne, or paprika, or chili flakes
Preheat your oven to 350 and combine your ingredients in a bowl. Spray your pan or lightly butter to keep the fries from sticking. With a basting brush distributed the seasoning over the fries. Or if you prefer to use a seasoning bag, do so. OR, hahaha, use the just-go-with-it method: drizzle oil over fries, then sprinkle with dry ingredients and bake. Ensure the yams are evenly distributed and thoroughly seasoned. Bake for 30 minutes.
Because I thinly sliced my yams I only baked it for about 7 minutes before turning them over. This is what greeted me when I opened the oven door.
Ok, round two. This is a sweet yam fries recipe I found online:
Cinnamon Maple Yam Fries
1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil, melted butter or 1 1/2 tablespoons margarine
4 teaspoons maple syrup
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 pinch nutmeg
Spray the pan or lightly butter it to keep the fries from sticking.
The recipe directions say preheat your oven at 425, then bake for 20 minutes, flipping and basting after ten minutes. Because I sliced the yams like chips I decided to broil instead of bake. After 3 minutes I took them out of the oven to flip and baste the other side. They smelled so good! They were crisping up so nicely! Then, Anne Hathaway had to sing a song…. distracted only momentarily, it cost me the second batch:
Oh the smoke! Oh the disappointment! Of the laughter and ridicule I endured whilst scrapping not my first but second batch of burned yam fries from the pan. But I’ll recover. I think in the future I’ll make the chips before the show starts