Tasty Tuesday: Sweet Potato Fries

Lately we’ve been eating a healthy, tasty alternative to French fries — Sweet Potato Fries! We do, after all, have about 100 pounds of sweet potatoes still sitting in the pantry and I’m always looking for ways to slide these miracle tubers into our menu. (Are you remembering that sweet potatoes are LOADED with vitamin A and anti-oxidents?)

Well, for years, we’ve been making home fries with regular potatoes, but this year we’ve started using our sweet potatoes. YUM!

This is a great, easy vegetable side dish that goes well with almost everything.

Start by scrubbing about 4 large sweet potatoes. We leave the skins on and like the end result. If you don’t like the idea of the sweet potato skins, you can peel them first. Be warned, sweet potatoes take a little more effort to peel than regular white potatoes. Once the sweet spuds are scrubbed, slice into long, narrow 1/2 inch strips.

sweet potato fries

Toss the sweet potato slices in a drizzle of olive oil and a teaspoon or so of sea salt. Spread the sweet potato strips on a cookie sheet and bake at 400° for about 40 minutes. This is the tricky part. The sugar in the sweet potatoes burns MUCH more quickly than a regular potato.  Oops! burnt sweet potato fries! You’ll need to keep a close eye on the fries or they will blacken pretty quickly.

Once they’re black, they really aren’t any good to eat…unlike a really crisp, dark regular potato that gets a little overdone.

The great thing about these sweet potato fries is that you can take them in several flavor directions. Using garlic salt, for instance, instead of plain sea salt is a different take on flavor. Adding some rosemary is a tasty variation to the potatoes. Tossing in some Italian seasoning or some fennel gives them an entirely different set of flavors. Adding some cayenne pepper and some cilantro after the sweet potatoes come out of the oven creates a great flavor sensation. I love to open my spice cupboard and try new variations. So far, they’ve all been delicious!

Sweet Potato Fries

If you’re in Boone, stop by Stickboy Bread Co. and check out their great selection of breads and pastries.

Barb, writing at My Sister’s Kitchen.

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