I have eaten sweet potatoes and yams all of my life, but every time I take a bite of these flavorful vegetables, I can’t help but wonder: Am I eating a yam or a sweet potato? And what in the world is the difference between the two?! Well, I was on a mission to set the record straight with this issue, but after consulting many results that came out of my Google search, honestly I still don’t know! There are so many different answers that I can’t exactly pinpoint the correct one. I did find this chart that helps explain the technical terms, and according to the site, sweet potatoes are marketed as yams but they’re actually sweet potatoes–so I guess that solves the mystery? That website isn’t very official but unless someone corrects me (which I hope you do if you know the answer!), this is what I am going with.
How could I have gone so many years without answering this simple question? I’m really not sure, but what I do know is that they are a great, healthy alternative to regular russet potatoes and very tasty! Here is my ode to tasty sweet potatoes and/or yams: Sweet Potato Fries! Lightly tossed with olive oil, fresh parsley, salt and pepper before baked in the oven. A great side dish or snack especially during a busy work week. Happy Tuesday, Everyone!
Homemade Sweet Potato Fries Recipe:
1 Sweet potato (or yam)
fresh or dried parsley
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut up the sweet potato into thin slices, and toss in a little parsley, salt, pepper and drizzle with a light coat of olive oil. Once the ingredients are incorporated, lay them in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes. Then check on them every 5 minutes (after the initial 25 mins) until they are tender all the way through and slightly crispy on the outside. Enjoy with some spicy mustard!