Tasty Tuesday: Homemade Sweet Potato Fries with Curried Aioli Dip

We’re heading into Super Bowl weekend and all the great party food that entails. I’ve been marking things on Pinterest for weeks; it all looks so good! As always, I’ve been trying to find some healthier homemade alternatives to some of the favorite party foods. I admit that I have not come up with a healthy version of Lil Smokies sausages….and I find that so sad! So far, I have found two different approaches to sweet potato fries that I’m really liking.

One of my goals was to find a recipe for baking sweet potato fries instead of frying them. I’ve had a few failed experiments that aren’t worth discussing but I’ve found two techniques that I like. Credit for today’s success goes to this site  called Guilty Kitchen. I embellished the recipe pretty generously, but this is where the ideas started today. You’ll notice that my fries don’t look much like the photos on that site, but they were just delicious so I’m calling it good.

dip sweet potato fries in curried aioli

Homemade Sweet Potato Fries with Curried Aioli Dip

Ingredients:

-for sweet potatoes

  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 T. flour
  • 1 t. cumin
  • 1 t. sea salt
  • 1 t. curry powder
  • 1 t. smoky paprika
  • 1/4 t. cayenne pepper

-for aioli:

  • 1/2 c. mayonnaise
  • 1 t. curry powder  (this is a second t. of curry)
  • 5-6 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 1/4  t. lemon juice
  • 2 T. kefir, yogurt, or buttermilk
  • 1 t. honey

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400°.

Start by peeling the sweet potatoes and slicing them into long, thin slices. How thick you  make the fries will affect how long they need to be baked.

slice sweet potatoes into long strips to make fries

Soak the sweet potatoes for about 10 minutes in cold water.

While the potatoes are soaking, whip up the two eggs whites into a frothy mess.

Whip egg whites to coat sweet potato fries

Dry the sweet potatoes and then mix them into the egg whites. I found it easiest to just use my hands to get the strips of sweet potatoes well-coated. Sprinkle the flour and the spices over the potatoes and work them throughout the sweet potatoes. Again, it’s messy but the easiest seems to be just using your hands for this part of the process.

add flour to sweet potato friesspices for sweet potato friescoating the sweet potato fries

Arrange the sweet potatoes on a well-greased rack  placed in a baking dish or jelly roll pan. Don’t let the strips touch each other.

bake sweet potato fries on an oiled baking rack

Bake for 30-40 minutes. Start checking for doneness at about 30  minutes. We found that we actually liked the fries best when they were just done and not quite totally mush. They weren’t exactly crunchy but still had just a little bit of structure.

While the fries are baking, make the curried aioli. I used my handheld immersion blender but a regular blender or food processor would work too. Just throw all the aioli ingredients in and blend until smooth. We all loved this dip so much we also used it for our tortilla chips and decided we need to make it a LOT. (A friend pointed out that this isn’t actually REAL aioli because it uses mayonnaise as a shortcut. It worked well for us but I will try to figure out a way to make this without the mayo in the future.)

sweet potato fries with curried aioli

We loved these sweet potato fries and the curried aioli dip. This is definitely party food on Super Bowl Sunday.

I also want to recommend Stick Boy Bread Company as an excellent resource this week as you start to plan for your Super bowl menu. They have the most awesome desserts. This past week we celebrated my twins’ birthdays with a Flourless chocolate Torte from Stick Boy and it was to die for! HIGHLY recommend!

Barb, writing at My Sister’s Kitchen

 serve sweet potato fries with curry aioli

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