Sunday, March 16, 2008

Sweet Potato Fries

These fries are baked and have so much flavor that ketchup is definitely optional. 

You'll need a big pan or cookie sheet. I'd line it with parchment paper to make the clean-up a snap. Plus it will allow you to pick up the fries and move them without messiness. If you've never used parchment paper - get some! 

Modify  the number of potatoes used, depending on the size of your pan/cookie sheet and the number of peeps you're going to feed. For up to three people I'd use two medium sweet potatoes. 

Pre-heat oven for 400 to 410 degrees. 

- Peel the potatoes

- Slice potatoes into stick "like" shapes. I always have an odd assortment of shapes, such as short, rounded edges, skinny, etc. The various shapes will cook up differently - some will be crispy, others will be soft in the inside (a potpourri of flavor sensations). 

- Place the potato pieces on cookie sheet (or pan) so that they're not overlapping.

- Lightly pour extra virgin olive oil over the fries (don't make them greasy, just enough to make them wet)

- Season the fries (be sure to oil the fries before seasoning). I dust the fries with sea salt (or seasoning salt), dill weed, coarse ground pepper and paprika. For extra zip I also use red pepper flakes and/or a blend of cajun spices. The spicy mixed with the sweet tastes really good!! 

- Bake for 20 to 35 minutes. If you like your fries extremely crispy then cook around 30 to 35 minutes. I like mine soft and plump, so I usually pull them out around 20 to 25 minutes. If you're unsure of how long you should cook them, pull them out of the oven periodically and sample a fry. You can always flip the fries mid-way, but I never do. 

- After removing from the oven, pull up the parchment paper and give the fries a good shake. All the seasoning and oil will mix together to get the fries nice and coated with yummy goodness. Serve right away. 


KatyK said...

Hi, like your blog...those fries sound so good, I'm gonna try them for sure.

Heather Z said...

Thanks! Yeah - this method of cooking sweet potatoes really brings out their flavor. The only problem is that they're so good you won't want to stop eating them!

Heather Z said...

I just made these for a party I went to and they were a crowd pleaser. I bought giant sweet potaoes and made the fries larger in size. They took a little longer to cook (I think maybe 40 minutes, but I was using someone elses oven, so I wasn't use to it)

jj said...

Love red potatoes; this sounds really good, thanks!

Heather Z said...

One of my fave things to do with red skinned potatoes is to boil them in water (cut them up to be around an inch 1/2 chunks), drain the water, put them back in the pot with vegan margarine, coarse ground paper, sea salt, dill, parsley, cayenne pepper. Close the lid and give them a shake, moving the closed pot in all directions. The potatoes become coated in yummy goodness. You can use all kinds of spices, like paprika, cajun blend, yellow curry, etc.