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
- Slice the yams into rectangular squares and then blanch in boiling water for 3-5 minutes. Drain the water and let the yams dry.
- 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
- 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.
- Add the zest of 1 lemon and squeeze the juice from half of it and cook for about a minute or two.
- 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.