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Will's Yam Fries |

Every once in a while, there’s a dish that so reminds me of somebody that I just have to name it after them (or in some cases, if I make a recipe specially for someone–like Jaimie’s Meatball Soup–that person becomes the namesake)! My friend Will makes a version of these yam fries, and they’re always a hit so I decided to put together my own twist on it and give him some of the credit. The mustard is very subtle after roasting and gives a layer of flavor that’s pretty delicious and tangy.

Ingredients for Will’s Yam Fries

  • 3-4 large yams*
  • 1.5 Tbsp good quality Dijon mustard**
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • Coconut oil
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste

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Directions for Will’s Yam Fries

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

3. Wash and peel the yams. Slice into steak fries by doing the following: slice the potato lengthwise. Turn each half so it’s lying flat. Slice  into pieces ~1/4 inch thick.

4. Place the fries into a large ziploc bag or bowl. Add mustard, smoked paprika and a drizzle of melted coconut oil. Add salt and pepper to taste. Shake the bag [or mix in a bowl] until the ingredients are well combined and the fries are evenly coated.

5. Turn out onto the baking sheets and arrange so that the pieces do not overlap.

6. Roast until the yams are cooked through [flipping over once about halfway through] and get crispy-brown around the edges, approximately 15-20 minutes. Check frequently to ensure they don’t burn.

7. Serve plain or with any myriad of yummy dipping sauces, like homemade chipotle mayo or paleo-friendly ketchup.

*Yellow sweet potatoes would also be delicious.

**Scan ingredient labels well!! Many mustards contain extra sugar or non-paleo ingredients.

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15 thoughts on “Will’s Yam Fries

      1. primalporvida

        the slide show is GREAT…it’s like watching everything that you’re going to need to do in fastforward:) Sometimes the videos can get lengthy:/

        1. Steph Post author

          Thanks! Unfortunately, WordPress no longer offers the slideshow function, though there’s probably a plugin that I could find. Video is tough to make brief enough without leaving big parts out.

  1. Roy

    Just made these fries, best I’ve ever had thanks a lot. Now I’ll try not to eat the whole batch.

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  3. primalporvida

    These fries are too die for!! So yummy and savory…the tang of the mustard and the paprika downplay the sweetness of the potato. A very delicious final product, flew right off the plate and everyone was asking for more!! THANKS StupidEasyPaleo

    p.s. the prep and cooktime were way quicker than anything else i’ve seen. Usually it’s like 45 minutes and i just never make them bc i’m not that patient, lol

    1. Steph Post author

      I’m really stoked that you like them! These definitely show up in my rotation of recipes I make pretty often :)

  4. Sonya

    May I substitute regular paprika for the smoked? I don’t have smoked. Or is there another substitute I may have in my pantry?

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