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KFB Foodie Talk: How to make spicy Yam crisps

For
our newbies, the KFB foodie talk column – handled by Dobby of Dobbysignature – is basically for ladies and
‘guys’ that are interested in learning how to cook better ;).

We have however got a guest for today’s food lesson – Media personality Matse Uwatse Nnoli to discuss how to make spicy Yam crisps.
Making Yam crisp is another fine way of enjoying yam. Most people are
used to eating plantain chips and are not aware of the potentials of
yam. When prepared nice, thin and spiced up, it can serve as a snack you
just want to continue munching on. Garnished with thin strips of
carrot, then dipped into tabasco sauce is pure heaven.

You get to enjoy the different textures; the salty, sugary or a mix
of both salt and sugar crispiness of the yam and the crunchiness of the
carrots enveloped in the spicy heat of the sauce or the creamy
deliciousness of mayonnaise.

I bet you don’t want to miss this.

It is very simple to prepare and takes just a few minutes.
Let me indulge you.

Cut and peel a slice of yam that is about 3 inches long, to give some length to the crisp.

With a potato peeler, slice from the top to the bottom towards you
really thin slices of yam or do I call them thin sheets of yam? 

Put the slices/ sheets in a bowl containing water, then add some salt,
sugar or a mix of both. Leave the yam slices in it for a few minutes.
This is to make sure there is even distribution of salt and or sugar on
the yam.
Alternatively, you can leave out the salt and sprinkle on the crisps
when draining on a paper napkin but for sugar, make sure it is soaked in
water with the yam slices to sweeten the yams. The longer you soak the
nicer the yams.

Drain off the water properly.

Add some blended, dried (cayenne) pepper or be adventurous with other
spices (ginger, garlic, onion powder etc.) and mix in evenly.

Fry in hot oil for a few minutes until crisp.

Drain on a paper napkin.  See how nice and almost translucent they look? Lovely!
Serve immediately with tabasco sauce or mayonnaise. You can add sliced veggies of your choice.
Be debonair and plate the crisps artistically. You are guaranteed some compliments.  
Enjoy!
 
Yam Crisps

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