Meatless Monday … Baked Sweet Potato Fries

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

Serves:
4 servings

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.

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About kareiner

I'm an active mom who loves to cook. I'm passionate about health and fitness. I'm no expert, nutritionist, personal trainer or miracle worker. I just like being active and I like good food.
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