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Yam pizza - ideas requested

sphealey's picture

Yam pizza - ideas requested

To mark the completion of their study of the literature of the Igbo people of Nigeria, my son's Literature class is having a Happy Yam Day. He has requested that I make yam pizza for him to take in.

OK, so after doing some research on yams (not to be confused with sweet potatos for we USians), both on the Internet and at my local international foods store, I find that the Ghana yam is probably the closest thing to the Nigerian yam available to me.

I also find that raw yams are toxic, that they must be thoroughly cooked to destroy the not-so-nice chemicals, and that the water they are cooked in must be discarded. Good thing I found out that last as I had first intended to use the water as if it were potato water!

So, any thoughts from the breadosphere on how to incorporate yams into pizza? My first thought is to use them as an additive to the dough in the same way I use potatos: boil thoroughly, mash with a bit of oil, and add to dough ingredients.

However, my son would like something more identifiably "yam-like". My next thought was to boil until just soft, slice, brush with olive oil, broil until a bit brown, then use as a topping. [I was going to just slice and broil until I read about the toxicity problem] Not sure how that would work though.

Any other thoughts? Can any of our Asian readers comment? I know that the yams in Asia are somewhat different than West African yams, but the principles should be the same I think.

Thanks for your help!


Teresa_in_nc's picture

One idea is to use roasted yams as a topping for the pizza, maybe with bits of cooked ham or crumbled, cooked bacon.

I roast sweet potatoes that have been chunked, tossed with olive oil, then sprinkled with chili powder and salt and roasted in a 425 oven until browned and completely done. If I were using them on a pizza, I think I would slice them thin as in for scalloped or au gratin potatoes. Then put them in a bowl, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle liberally with the chili powder, toss well to coat the yam slices, then roast them until done but not too crispy. Then put them on the unbaked pizza crust, sprinkle the ham or bacon over and maybe a little bit of cubed Monterey Jack cheese (continuing the connection with the chili powder). Then bake the pizza crust until everything is hot and the cheese is melted.