Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Sweet Potato Fries

This is one of my favorite snacks. And bonus: its fairly healthy! Sweet potatoes are a great alternative to regular potatoes, and they are rich in fiber, beta carotene, and vitamins C and B6.

Sweet Potato Fries
use 1 large sweet potato for every 2 people

1 (or more) large sweet potato(es)
coarse salt
chili powder
olive oil

1. Preheat oven to 425 deg F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil for easier clean-up.
2. Peel the sweet potato and cut into "fries." These can be hard to cut - the sharper the knife, the better! Try to make them as uniform in thickness as possible.
3. Toss with enough olive oil to coat (but not too much or else they will become soggy! Just enough so the seasoning sticks). Sprinkle with salt and chili powder and toss to coat the fries. I think these can take quite a bit of seasoning (~1 Tbsp of each or more), but it really depends on how spicy you want them. Spread in a single layer on the baking sheet.4. Bake for ~30 min. This will depend on how thick you cut the fries. Using a spatula, flip them over at about 15 min., then check on them every 5-10 min or so until they start to get dark edges. If the sizes are too different, the thin ones will burn and the thick ones will still be soggy :(
5. Remove from oven when they are slightly crispy and enjoy!
There are sweet versions of sweet potato fries out there, but I prefer these. They are a great substitute to real fries and are a good side to lots of meals... or on their own!

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