Thursday, October 25, 2012
Tried & True Recipe: Baked Sweet Potato Fries
These aren't really fries considering they're not fried. They're actually seasoned and roasted sweet potatoes, but they're cut into a fry shape, we eat them in place of fries, and dip them in ketchup, so fries they are!
These are definitely one of our favorite sides and something you see pop up in our weekly meal plans often. They're cheap, healthy, everyone likes them (Jack LOVES them!), and they're so easy to make! They pair well with just about anything. We often eat them alongside of burgers, grilled chicken sandwiches, panini, and they also pair well with Mexican-style cuisine. Jack can eat a whole sweet potato's worth of these "fries" and I love that it's a veggie side I know he'll happily eat every time!
Baked Sweet Potato Fries
adapted from Fitness Magazine via With a Cherry on Top
2-3 Sweet Potatoes*, peeled and cut into fry-shape
1/2 t. Salt
1/2 t. Cumin
1/2 t. Chili Powder
1/2 t. Paprika
1/4 t. Pepper
1/8 t. Cayenne Pepper (feel free to omit this if you don't want any heat)
Pre-heat oven to 425-degrees.
Combine spices in a small bowl and set aside.
Place potatoes in a single layer onto a greased, or parchment paper-lined baking sheet (you may need 2 baking sheets depending on their size and the amount of potatoes you are making. You can put them pretty close together, but don't overcrowd the pan!).
Sprinkle spices evenly over sweet potatoes.**
Bake for 20-25 minutes until the edges start to get crisp and a little brown.
Serve with ketchup, if desired!
*Number of sweet potatoes will vary based on size and number of people you are serving. Basically you'll want one sweet potato per person unless they're really small or large. Use your own judgement :)
**Notes about the spice mix - I actually like to make a good sized batch of this and keep it in an old spice container so it's all ready to go and I don't have to mix it up every time. Also, I mentioned that Jack likes these. They're just a touch too spicy for him with the cayenne pepper so I actually make a separate pan for him that I just lightly sprinkle with the chili powder, cumin, and paprika. That way it's spicy in a flavor sense, which he loves, not a burn your tongue kind of way!