• Will’s Yam Fries Recipe

    Will's Yam Fries | stupideasypaleo.com

    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.

    Why “yam” fries? Because that’s what these orange varieties are sometimes called depending on where you live.

    Will's Yam Fries
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    Serves: Serves 4
    • 3 to 4 medium sweet potatoes
    • 1-1/2 tsp stone ground mustard*
    • 1 tsp smoked paprika
    • 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
    • Sea salt and pepper, to taste
    1. Preheat oven to 400F, and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
    2. Wash and peel the sweet potatoes. Slice into steak fries by doing the following: Slice the potato lengthwise. Turn each half so it's lying flat. Cut into pieces ¼-inch thick.
    3. Place the fries into a large ziptop bag or bowl. Add mustard, smoked paprika and melted coconut oil. Add salt and pepper to taste. Shake the bag until the fries are evenly coated.
    4. Arrange the sweet potatoes onto the baking sheets so the pieces don't overlap.
    5. Roast 15-20 minutes until the sweet potatoes are cooked through, flipping them over once about halfway through. They should be nice and brown around the edges. Check frequently to make sure they don't burn.
    *If doing Whole30, check the mustard to make sure it has compliant ingredients.


    Do you ever make sweet potato fries?

    Steph Gaudreau is a certified holistic nutrition practitioner, weightlifting and mindset coach, and the author of the best-selling Performance Paleo Cookbook. Her recipes and expert advice have been featured in SELF, Outside Magazine, Elle, and Greatist. Steph loves barbells, cats, and anything Lord of the Rings. She lives in San Diego, CA.

    15 thoughts on “Will’s Yam Fries Recipe

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

    2. 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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