Friday, November 5, 2010

Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries


I follow a lot of wonderful food blogs. They are a great source of tried-and true recipes that people love and want to share. Occasionally I see a recipe that I know I must try immediately if not sooner.

This was one of them. Found on Simply Recipes

I first had sweet potato fries at a local restaurant years ago and got addicted. They were great by themselves but made extra good with a chipotle mayo dipping sauce.  Sadly the place is no longer in business. I have had sweet potato fries a few times since, but I must say, the original place made the best.

Husband doesn't care for them. When I told them I would be making them he said he wouldn't be partaking. Fine. More for me!

So I bought myself one big sweet potato and set out to try it. I wondered how to spice it and decided on salt, pepper, Chinese five-spice, Cajun seasonings and a bit of Spanish Paprika. The pumpkin pie spice sounded interesting, but I wanted more savory than sweet.

Ingredients:

2 pounds Sweet Potatoes, about 3 large ones
¼ cup Olive Or Other Vegetable Oil
1-2 Tbsp Sugar
1 Tbsp Salt
1-2 Tbsp Spice Or Spice Combination Of Your Choice: Chipotle Powder, smoked paprika, Chinese five-spice, pumpkin pie spice, garam masala, Cajun seasoning, etc.

Directions:

1 Preheat oven to 450°F.

2 Peel the sweet potatoes and cut off the ends. Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise and then, if they are very long, in half crosswise. Cut each piece into wedges.

3 Put the sweet potatoes into a large bowl and add the oil. Mix well to combine. Sprinkle with salt, sugar and spices of your choice. Use your hands to mix well, so all pieces are coated with oil and spices.

4 Spread the sweet potatoes out in a single layer on a baking sheet; the oil they are coated with should keep them from sticking to the pan. I also used a non stick pan.

5 Bake for a total of 25 to 30 minutes. After the first 15 minutes, remove the baking sheet from the oven and turn over all of the sweet potato pieces. Return to the oven and bake for another 10-15 minutes, or until they are well browned. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Since I made sweet potato fries I had to have some Chipotle mayo dipping sauce. I had some bottled Chipotle mayo and mixed it with a little sour cream. It did the trick and satisfied my craving for a while.

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