Elephant foot yam is grown quite commonly in Africa, South and South East Asia and the Pacific Islands. Many alternative medicine practitioners recommend for it’s health benefits, meanwhile I would recommend it for it’s intense flavor . It’s texture bears a resemblance to cassava but not quite as it’s firmer and much more delicious. While most dishes I have come across which are made using yams involve frying them , boiling them or making a curry you would be surprised how delicious it is toasted. The starchiness of the yam combines well with the ground meat. Ideally you would want to use a combination of either beef or lamb(or both) along with pork . The fat in the pork holds up the read meat well and elevates the flavor. This dish serves as a perfect party appetizer and is sure to wow your guests. Staying true to the regional theme where the yam is grown , the ground meat is cooked in spicy South East Asian flavors and would pair well with a chilled lager.


  • 4-5 pieces of Yam cut into rectangles as shown in the picture
  • 250 grams ground meat ( beef/lamb and pork in equal proportions)
  • 4 spring onion bulbs sliced
  • 8-10 slices of ginger
  • 2 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoon soy sauce
  • A dash of Tabasco
  • 4 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 chilies red and green
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Scallions of garnish
  1. Slice the yams into rectangular squares and then blanch in boiling water for 3-5 minutes. Drain the water and let the yams dry.
  2. Season the ground meat. Heat olive oil in a pan and cook the ground meat till it’s golden brown. Drain the excess rendered fat. Remove meat from the pan
  3. In the same pan, heat olive oil. Add the garlic , ginger , spring onion bulbs and chilies and cook for 4-5 minutes. Add the ground meat back to the pan followed by Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, Soy Sauce, fish sauce and cook for 8-10 minutes till a nice brown coloration is developed.
  4. Add the zest of 1 lemon and squeeze the juice from half of it and cook for about a minute or two.
  5. Now take a fresh clean pan and add a tablespoon of butter, toast each yam rectangle 3 minutes each side. Remove from pan and plate as shown in the picture with the ground meat, topped off with a drop of fresh cream and garnished with scallions. Sit and back enjoy with a chilled beer.


Yam toast with ground meat

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