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Hey Sweet Potato

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While many people might choose a large fry from McD’s, personally sweet potatoes make the top of my list for carbs at dinner. They are the perfect side for a lot of things, but we generally eat them along with tuna burgers (more on those another day – yum!), corn dogs (the ones below are Morningstar brand vegetarian corn dogs), or pan-seared fish.

A healthier alternative to anything fried, these are baked but the stronger taste of sweet potato combined with extra seasonings are like bam! Flavor like whoa.

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Sweet potatoes are also just a little gorgeous to look at, you know? All dull brown on the outside, but when you cut them open they shine. Okay, maybe that really is just me.

Anyway, this is a simple  and quick (30 minutes or so) recipe that your kids might even be willing to eat. It makes enough for the four of us – two adults and two kids, to give you an guage of how much you might need to make. Full and concise recipe is at the bottom of the post.

Ingredients:

– 2 big sweet potatoes

–  2 tbsp canola oil

– 1 tsp ground black pepper

– 1 tsp sea salt

– 1/4 tspground cumin

– 2 tsp ground paprika

– 1 tsp garlic powder

– 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

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Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Begin by using a very sharp, large chef’s knife and cut each sweet potato in half, and then into 1/4″ strips  lengthwise.

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Turn the 1/4″ pieces on their sides, and slice them again into 1/4″ strips lengthwise. You should end up with a whole lot of 1/4″ thick strips of sweet potato that are perfect for fries!

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Every time I make these, I think the two potatoes aren’t going to be enough… but please see the below picture as reference of just how many fries two potatoes will produce. Dang. By now, your arms should be a little tired from chopping. Sweet potatoes are seriously thick.

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Place all of your raw sweet potatoes fries into a big bowl, and pour the oil over the top of them. Add all of the spices, and then use your hands to stir them around until they are all evenly coated. If you’re worried that there isn’t enough oil, go ahead and add just a bit more. Not too much, though – I promise, you don’t want them to end up too greasy.

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Get two baking sheets (I prefer to cover mine with foil first… parchment paper would also work) and then spread the fries evenly on the baking sheets, without them overlapping too much.

Randomly, I always put my foil with the shiniest-side down, because I once heard that if you put it shiny-side up, it will cause the heat to reflect more on the food at it will burn. I am also certain that is an urban legend but I still have to put it dull-side-up. Please tell me if I am totally crazy.

Below, you can see about how far it spreads. Might as well throw a few corn dogs on the sheet while you’re at it.

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Bake the fries at 450 degrees for 20-25 minutes. It is a great idea to flip them once or twice, so they cook evenly. I forget to do that 9 out of 10 times, so we have learned to just live with them being a little unevenly cooked. Don’t be like me.

One of these days I’m going to experiment with other spices…. If you do, let me know how it goes!

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Flavorful Sweet Potato Fries

Ingredients:

– 2 big sweet potatoes

–  2 tbsp canola oil

– 1 tsp ground black pepper

– 1 tsp sea salt

– 1/4 tspground cumin

– 2 tsp ground paprika

– 1 tsp garlic powder

– 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Begin by using a very sharp, large chef’s knife and cut each sweet potato in half, and then into 1/4″ strips  lengthwise. Turn the 1/4″ pieces on their sides, and slice them again into 1/4″ strips lengthwise. Place all of your raw sweet potatoes fries into a big bowl, and pour the oil over the top of them. Add all of the spices, and toss the fries until they are all evenly coated. Spread the fries evenly on  baking sheets covered in foil or parchment paper. Do not overlap the fries too much.

Bake the fries at 450 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Flip them once  during baking, so they cook evenly. Remove from the oven with browned and slightly crisp. Let cool two minutes before serving.

 

PS: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own, and I have not received compensation for anything written. Keepin’ it real.

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Author: Dani @ Painting Sunny

Hi there! I'm Dani, and it's lovely to meet you. My little family just moved to the quaint little college-town of Ithaca, NY and are loving it. Come hang out with me and talk about food, books, art, and other odd little things.

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