These easy to make Sweet and Spicy Yam Wedges are covered in smoked paprika and chili spices then baked till tender and delicious. They’re simple side dish recipe everyone will love.
Friends! Welcome to Throw Back Thursday. This month, we’re bringing back some Sweet and Spicy Yam Wedges. In case you can’t tell by the pictures, they’re kind of crazy delicious.
This is the 17th #tbt post here, and I’m just as excited to share this one with you as I was for the very first throw back post I did. You see, there are so many great recipes hidden away at the very back of the archives. They almost always have terrible photos attached to them, and many times the recipes are barely legible. Hey, I was learning!
The photos of these yam wedges are especially hilarious. I had clearly eaten all but 6 lonely little fries so stacked them in a bowl to try and make them look bigger. I failed. The pictures look like I was trying to convince you to eat my leftovers. 😂
You can have a laugh at the original photos. I hid them under the recipe at the bottom of the post.
This recipe was originally meant as a Christmas side dish and is perfect if you’re having a small holiday gathering. Don’t have it just for Christmas though, this recipe is delicious year-round!
Original post date: December 4th, 2011
Unlike the song that drags on and on about partridges in pear trees, the next twelve days are going to fly by. I hope. The plan, which, like any that feels ambitious, also feels quite exciting. Each of the next day twelve days before Christmas, I plan to cook, photograph and blog about one Christmas-y dish. To kill two birds (or partridges) with one stone, I’ll also make a good dent in my Christmas baking.
I have a general idea of what I am going to make, but there are spots available that I am open to suggestions to fill. Do you have a favorite Christmas dish you’d like to share? Interested in a recipe using a certain ingredient? Talk to me, let’s decide what to cook together.
The next 12 Christmas recipes, in no particular order:
- Sweet and Spicy Yam Wedges
- Oven Baked Sharp Cheese Bread Bites
- Candied Mandarin Oranges with Cranberries
- Mashed Potato and White Cheddar Cakes
- Maple Bourbon Glazed Garden Carrots with Pistachios
- Sausage Stuffing Baked in Onions
- Not-too-Sweet Nanaimo Bars
- Pecan and Raisin Butter Tarts
- Melt-in-your-Mouth Shortbread
- Homemade Bacon Turtles
I’m starting with the Sweet and Spicy Yam Wedges, partly because they’re delicious and I feel like eating them now, and partly because they’ll go equally well with my baked salmon as they would with a roast turkey. They’re as spicy as you decide you want them to be. In my home, they’re really spicy. I like to feel my mouth burn.
If you make these Sweet and Spicy Yam Wedges make sure you snap a pic and tag #theendlessmeal on Instagram so I can like and comment on your photos. I love seeing TEM recipes you create!
- 2 medium yams, cut into wedges (don't bother peeling them)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1-2 teaspoons chili powder, depending on how hot you like it
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- A pinch of black pepper
- Mayonnaise, to serve (see notes)
- Preheat your oven to 420 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place the yam wedges on the baking sheet a drizzle with the oil. Sprinkle the smoked paprika, chili powder, sea salt, and black pepper over the yams then use your hands to mix the so that they are well coated with the oil and spices.
- Bake in the oven for 40 minutes, turning once, until they are soft and start to brown on the outside.
- Bake on a baking sheet for 40 minutes, turning once, until brown and crispy on the outside
The original photos of these Sweet and Spicy Yam Wedges:
If you’re interested in learning a few tricks that I did to improve my food photography, check out the posts 10 Food Photography Tips for New Food Bloggers and The 10 Best Food Photography Props to Improve Your Food Photography and The Food Photography Equipment I Use.