Yam fries with chipotle ketchup and curry mayo

Yam fries are my favourite fry by far. My 3-year-old son adores them too. My husband, however, is ever faithful to the potato fry. So I made these oven-baked yammies for our lunch today while Mr. Feedbag was at work.

(EDITED: This photo of my yummy yammies was selected as Pic of the Week by Food Network Canada! Happy dance!)

Lunchtime is often a mad rush in our house, falling between preschool and a playdate. Curry mayo is simple and speedy for days like that. But today, when I could be a little more leisurely about making lunch, I decided to also make a chipotle ketchup.

While the oven preheated to 400F, I peeled the plus-size yam I had in my fridge (seriously, it was huge!), chopped it into sticks, and chucked them into a large mixing bowl. In went a generous splash of vegetable oil, then a tickle of salt and pepper. The whole thing got a big stir to make sure all the fries were coated with the oil. Then I spread the fries out in a single layer on a baking sheet.

The fries went in the oven for 12 minutes at first, then I flipped them and back in they went for another 12 minutes.

Here's how I made the dips.

Chipotle ketchup:
1/2 cup canned tomato sauce
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp malt vinegar
1/4 tsp chipotle chili powder

I reduced the tomato sauce in a small saucepan over medium/low heat until it thickened to a ketchupy consistency (about 10-15 minutes). Next, I stirred in the brown sugar, the vinegar, and the chili powder. Then I took it off the heat and popped it in the fridge until the fries were done.

Curry mayo:
1/2 cup prepared mayonnaise
1/2 tsp curry powder

Put it all in a bowl and stir it up! Told you it was simple.

My son tried the chipotle ketchup but said it was too fuzzy. I think he meant too spicy. So I dipped into it and the curry mayo while he dipped into some good ol' Heinz 57.

A yummy lunch is a quiet lunch.

What do you make with yams? Are your kids as ketchup crazy as mine?


  1. I love your last line of your post (A yummy lunch is a quiet lunch). Our two-year-old daughter rarely sits on her chair for longer than two minutes at dinner time, and I feel like we're constantly nagging her to sit back down. However, on the nights we have food she loves, she sits there like an angel. gobbling it up. I love it.

    We had yam fries last night -- it's a vegetable both my kids love, as well as my husband and I. I had some left over peanut sauce and mixed that with some mayo and it was a yummy dip. The kids stuck with their ketchup. And yes, they are ketchup crazy.

  2. That's it...I'm coming over for lunch next time. I like to make a dip that is made from mayo (real stuff), dijon, lemon...and...ok..i'm too sleep deprived to remember the whole thing but i have the recipe if you want it :)

  3. Luv - Yum, you had me at dijon. I'd love the recipe!

  4. Love your food blog - hate yams.

    though, you make them look fabulous !

  5. Hey Amy - aren't yam fries the easiest!! I don't kiss them with salt and pepper, though, but use powdered garlic instead. I use a ziplock, olive oil and garlic before dumping them on my blackened Pampered Chef bar pan...they really are just the best!! B.

  6. can’t wait to try these dips! congrats on the food network nod!