What is the difference between a sweet potato and a yam? The definition of a yam is; the edible starchy tuber of a climbing plant that is widely grown in tropical and subtropical countries. So, you see the many so-called yams you been eating all these years is actually a sweet potato. Compared to potatoes, yams are starchier and drier. They became the member of the Morning Glory family. The colors can vary from white to yellow, red, purple, brown to orange. They are also are a good source of fiber and vitamin A.
Sweet potatoes are versatile and can be substituted in the place of more fattening foods. You can use them to thicken your stews or a casserole naturally without adding high fat creams. Most consider the potato just another side dish at Thanksgiving but, they can be roasted, baked fried and used in pies. Showing how versatile the potato is we’ll share some of those recipes.
- 2 large sweet potatoes
- 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees (F). Line a large baking sheet with tinfoil (shiny side up); place baking rack onto prepared baking sheet; set aside.
- Peel the sweet potatoes (if preferred) and cut off the pointy ends. Slice the sweet potatoes in half (lengthwise), then cut each piece into wedges.
- Place the sweet potato wedges in a large bowl, then add in the olive oil, salt, sugar, seasoning, and black pepper. Mix well, making sure each wedge is coated with oil and spices.
- Arrange the sweet potato wedges in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, then turn on the broiler and bake for another 3-5 minutes, or until they’re well browned and crispy. Keep an eye here – it’s easy to burn when the broiler is on!
- Cool wedges on pan for 5 minutes, then serve at once!