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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Savory Sweet Potato Fries


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Most people are either savory or sweet when it comes to their preference of food genre.  Me?  I'm a savory girl (for the most part)...I'll take a big, fat juicy cheeseburger over a piece of cake any day!  Don't get me wrong, I do occasionally go on an old fashion chocolate binge - what woman wouldn't?! 

Being in the savory category can be good for you or it can be bad, especially if you tend to crave the not-so-good things for you (like cheeseburgers)!  In trying to stay on top of what we eat, french fries are definitely out of the question (not indefinitely, though).  Sweet potato fries, however, are not!  I don't remember when it was that I, all of a sudden, became a fan of sweet potatoes!  I remember as a kid, at every holiday gathering, someone would make a sweet potato casserole and the thought of it, just made me cringe!  I don't know what it was about it that I didn't like because I don't recall ever trying it.  Maybe it was the words "sweet potato" - it sounded so much like a grown-up vegetable!  Or maybe it was the idea of putting marshmallows and cinnamon on (what I thought were) potatoes!  Yuck...who does that?! 

But, my time finally came when I tasted the quite delicious sweet potato fry; it was like the clouds separated and angels were singing!  They were just regular fries seasoned with salt and pepper and dipped in ketchup...YUM!  It was the best of both worlds: sweet and savory.  It was at that moment, that I offically became a fan.  I recently wanted to introduce Chris to my love as well (he had never had them), so when I did, he literally said "Oh my God, these are SO good!"  They have now become a weekly staple in our household and we can't go to the grocery store without stocking up on sweet potatoes.  BUT, when you eat something on a regular basis, you begin to become tiresome and we don't want that to happen - not with our beloved sweet potato fries.  So, I needed to find a way to change them up every now and then just to keep our interest piqued.  I came across this recipe (I believe) in Fitness Magazine quite some time ago; I tucked it away in my recipe book for the day that I would stumble upon it again, which wasn't all that long ago.  To our delight, the fries were amazing!  The combination of spices used married so well with the sweetness of the potato...it truly was heaven!


Savory Sweet Potato Fries
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Ingredients
3-4 Medium Sweet Potatoes, peeled
1/2 Tsp. Salt
1/2 Tsp. Cumin
1/2 Tsp. Chili Powder
1/2 Tsp. Paprika
1/4 Tsp. Pepper

Directions
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Cut the potatoes into quarters and halve the quarters (to make bite-size pieces).  Arrange pieces on a large baking sheet misted with non-stick spray. 

In a small bowl, combine seasonings and sprinkle over potatoes.  Bake for 20 minutes or until brown and tender.

Source: Adapted from Fitness Magazine

2 comments:

Stephanie @ Confessions of a Trophy Wife on February 8, 2011 at 12:56 PM said...

My husband and I LOVE these sweet potato fries and we make them all the time! Such an easy, tasty side. I follow the recipe as written, but I also throw in 1/8-1/4 t. ground cayenne pepper for some heat. SOOO good! Thanks for the recipe!

Dunne' on February 8, 2011 at 3:49 PM said...

So glad you enjoy them Stephanie! They are a side dish staple in our house as well and I bet the cayenne would be great on them (we love a little heat)!

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