Baked Sweet Potato Fries Two Ways

I nearly got on my knees and wept.  Perched there on the grocery store shelf amidst all the other vegetables, they beckoned me from across the produce section.  They were so beautiful and vibrant!  I think I actually galloped over to them…

I hadn’t seen sweet potatoes since arriving in Guadalajara 4 months ago, and didn’t have my fill of them back home before departure.  So when my sights landed on them, it was quite momentous.  And no, it’s definitely not the season to really celebrate these delightful root veggies, but I needed to deliver them to the depths of my eager belly immediately.   So without further ado, I bring you Baked Sweet Potato Fries, not one but two ways!  Drum roll please…

A Note on Sweet Potatoes

Ya’ll already know how delicious, silky, and beautiful these beasts are.  You know they’re good for you.  But do you know just how good the sweet potato is for you? Let a girl drop some knowledge: sweet potatoes are excellent sources of dietary fiber, Vitamin B6 (for nervous system health), potassium, manganese, and is off the charts with Vitamin A.  Covered in abundant spices and dipped in the following avocado or ketchup dips and you have a side dish that is also rich in iron and copper.  In conclusion, yet another reason to pay homage to this truly remarkable veggie.

Recipe for Sweet Potato Fries Two Ways

For both types of fries, I used a 50/50 mix of regular sweet potatoes and purple sweet potatoes.  A total of 4 potatoes were used, but they were massive!  So, if you have less mutant sized potatoes, but still want at least 4-6 hearty servings, I would grab a few more.  You won’t be sad to find yourself with extra fries on hand.

Spicy Seasoned Sweet Potato Fries with “Creamy” Avocado Dip

Spicy Fries

2 Sweet Potatoes cut into fries

2 Tablespoons olive oil

1 Tablespoon garlic powder

1 Tablespoon onion powder

1 Tablespoon paprika

1 Tablespoon cumin

1 Teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 Teaspoon salt

Avocado Dip

1 Ripe avocado

Juice of 6 limes

1/8 Teaspoon garlic powder

1/8 Teaspoon onion powder

1/8 Teaspoon pepper

¼ Cup unsweetened soy milk

Regular Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Curried Ketchup Dip

Regular Fries

2 Sweet Potatoes cut into fries

2 Tablespoons olive oil

1 Teaspoon salt

Curried Ketchup

½ Cup Ketchup

1 Heaping tablespoon of curry powder

Dash salt

 

Combine all Fry ingredients in bowl with cover or plastic bag and shake vigorously until all fries are covered in spices (or for normal recipe, just oil and salt). Spread evenly in baking pan and bake in 400 degree F oven for 30-45 minutes, or until fragrant and golden brown. Use spatula to rotate fries 2-3 times during cooking to prevent sticking.

While the chubby orange fingers are making magic in the oven, combine all Avocado Dip ingredients in blender or immersion blender  and whir until smooth and creamy.  For the Curried Ketchup, combine ketchup and spices in small bowl and set aside.  Note, I used a regular curry powder that I found in a grocery store, but it’s heavy on the turmeric, so I added additional cumin to my ketchup.  It’s all about what tastes best to you!

Now, take those puppies out of the oven, cool for as long as you can contain yourself, and then dig in! 

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. My mouth is watering…

  2. mamasita says:

    Where are you when I need you………have been craving sweet potato fries for a while now. I am always timid with spices………thanks for the reminder to shake it up a bit. Laughed at you spying them in the grocery!

  3. McCall says:

    i just love you so much and can’t wait until we can reunite and cook together in one kitchen!

  4. Miz Mona says:

    I can’t wait to try the regular baked sweet potato fries–thank you!

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