I received my very first Farm Box the other day and in it was a 3 pound bag of yams….hhhmmmmm. What to do with all these yams? Yams and sweet potatoes, to me at least, taste very similar even though biologically they are not even closely related. So — as my thinking process went on about what to do with all these yams — I thought I love sweet potato fries so why not try to make something that tastes similar: baked yam chips!! I love it when experiments turn out well — in this case the chips were delicious and I ended up eating the majority of them. No guilt though, yams are on the “superfoods” list. Go ahead and eat with impunity!!
Begin by washing the skin of your yams thoroughly (like my potato chips, I do not remove outer skin when making these chips). Cut off both ends of the yam and then thinly slice them using either a mandolin or sharp knife. In small batches, add the yam slices to a bowl and generously coat with olive oil. Place the yam slices on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Sprinkle with your favorite salt (sea salt, regular salt or, in my case, Krazy Jane’s Mixed Up Salt) and bake at 400º for roughly 20 minutes. The yams do not get as crispy as potato slices do but they get close.
You can serve the chips warm or cold but I prefer a little warm as the flavor is more intense and they really do taste similar to sweet potato fries. Such a healthy treat!
3 yams, thinly sliced
Generous amount of olive oil
Salt of your choosing
Serves 4 as a side dish or snack