I never ate a sweet potato until I had been living on my own for about a year or two. I read about the benefits of the orange spud and thought learning how to make it would make a good challenge. I’ve had them smashed, in pies, baked and grilled. I loved them all.
Grilling sliced sweet potatoes is tasty, but when there’s a foot of snow outside, I stay indoors. So, I like to bake these wedges – they have the crunch like french fries but are a lot healthier.
The Food Network’s website offers a variety of ways to make them. You can go simple (toss with olive oil, salt and pepper), you can use a premade seasoning (toss with olive oil and perhaps some cajun seasoning), or try one of their recipes.
Here’s one to get you started:
Spicy Sweet Potato Fries
Recipe courtesy Food Network Magazine
2 pounds sweet potatoes, cut into wedges
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
Pinch of cayenne
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Toss 2 pounds sweet potatoes (cut into wedges) with 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons each brown sugar and salt, 1/4 teaspoon each cumin and chili powder, and a pinch of cayenne.
Roast cut-side down on a baking sheet in a 425 oven until crisp, 30 minutes, turning once.