• Sally

Yam or sweet potato?

Chuck bought some sweet potato's today to go with dinner and I said, "why didn't you get yams? they are on sale for 29 cents a pound" the sweet potato was 1.79 a pound!!

Well, I started to look it up and see why the price difference. Little did I know that those orange colored potatoes I thought were yams are not. There is white and orange sweet potatoes.

Apparently, the one with the white flesh is more firm and the orange flesh is softer, but they are both sweet potatoes. The true Yam is a root, which has a dark brownish bark-like skin, a purlplish white flesh and is cylinder in shape. It is related to the lily and is native to Asia and Africa, not typically found in US grocery stores. But can be found in international or speciality markets.

As for the difference in price, they are grown here in the south. I got a lot of good information from The North Carolina Sweet Potato website. Check it out!


Well, I did it again.....bought sweet potato's instead of yams. When you go to self check you have to be careful what you select. Anyway, my bestie Dana request something with these sweet potatoes or yams whatever they are. I was curious too Dana. So after purchasing a sweet potato for 1.79 a pound I looked up recipes for sweet potato fries. Usually, I boil them mash them with a little butter and salt and pepper. I found ALOT of recipes. I use Pioneer Woman, I love her recipes. She uses some butter and some spices then bakes them at 450. They turned out soggy and soaked in butter.

After doing some research this morning there are so tricks, don't use too much oil, don't crowd the pan! Here is her recipe, maybe you can make it work Dana.

If anyone has idea's or has made something yummy with yams please share......

BTW this makes enough for an army, I cut the recipe in 3rds.

Sweet Potato Fries


  • 6 whole Sweet Potatoes, Peeled And Cut Into Thin Sticks

  • 1 stick Salted Butter

  • 2 cloves Garlic, Pressed

  • 1 teaspoon Seasoned Salt (or Plain Salt)

  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper

  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise

  • 2 Tablespoons Ketchup OR Sriracha (more To Taste!)

  • Salt For Sprinkling


Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Melt the butter. Add garlic, seasoned salt, chili powder, and black pepper. Stir with a fork. In a large bowl, toss the sweet potatoes in the butter/seasoning mixture. Arrange on two baking sheets and bake in the oven for 15 to 17 minutes, shaking the pans halfway through, until the fries are sizzling (watch so that the edges don't burn). Remove from the oven and allow to sit on the pan for 5 minutes. Sprinkle generously with salt! Mix the mayonnaise with the ketchup (or Sriracha). Serve fries with the dipping sauce!

This recipe was taken from The Pioneer Woman......Thank You!!

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