Thursday, November 11, 2010

Perfect Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries

  Blog by: kim 

So sweet potato fries have become very popular, not only because they are yummy, but they are a bit healthier than their white potato counterpart. They are loaded with fiber and vitamin C. I don't enjoy frying things too much, so I do my fries in the oven. They're easy and tasty and go well with Cuban, Mexican and Indian food.

You'll need:
one large sweet potato
sea salt (coarse)
pinch nutmeg
freshly ground black pepper, chunky
good quality olive oil
a peeler
a sharp chef's knife
a cutting board
(my husband tells me he is buying a french fry cutter, so if you have one of those, it makes it much easier!)
a large baking sheet
This recipe takes about 20 min to make, and one large sweet potato can serve 2-3 people if it's a side.  Double the recipe for more people, or if your really hungry.

Cut the sweet potato in half because they're normally very large.

Now, cut a thin slice from both ends.  This will eliminate little pointy ends on your fries - they're bad because they tend to burn very quickly since they slice up thinner. 
Burnt sugar - nasty

Now, take a half of the sweet potato and cut it into slices about 3/4 inch thick. You'll then cut the larger slices into fries. Your fries should be 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch thick., unless you like them thinner. Hey- it’s up to you ok?

Repeat this for the other half. Then put your fries on the baking sheet. Just throw them all on there. Go ahead.

Sprinkle a good pinch of sea salt over them, and then apply a ton of freshly ground black pepper for a little kick. Then add some generous pinches of nutmeg.

Drizzle with olive oil . I said drizzle, not pour.
Now, mix it all together on the baking sheet. Make sure you're scooping the salt, pepper and oil from the bottom and mixing it in. Don't let the tastiness go to waste please.

At this point you can add more olive oil if you want - just don't drown them. They should look glossy, but they shouldn't be sitting in a pool of olive oil.  Space out the fries so they aren’t touching .

Bake at   450 for 15 min, flip them with tongs and bake them for another 10 min ‘till nice and golden brown. Look for caramelization. . Crispy crunchy on the outside, and sweet and soft in the middle. Mmm

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