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Baked Sweet Potato Fries

 

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Are you like me when it comes to sweet potatoes?…I only think of them once a year during the holidays.  My thoughts drift to the yummy sweet mashed, butter laden, cinnamon spiked, marshmallow crusted sweet potato dish my cousin makes at Thanksgiving.  If your answer was yes then let me introduce you to the lovely sweet potato whom should be thought of more than once a year and never in a can when fresh is so available and tasty.

I live in the South, but am originally from the West coast, and in the South everything is fried even the sweet potato just like french fries.  I like fried foods but I usually don’t fry at home very much because I grew up grilling not frying.  I was introduced last year to the french fried sweet potato and I loved it.  I thought I need to make these at home but lighten them up by baking them instead of frying.  They turned out delicious, I think I like them better than the fried version.  Baking the sweet potatoes brings out all of its natural sugars and then add a sprinkling of powdered sugar when serving and you have a wonderful side dish.  I could think of a ton of ways to make those healthy baked fries as unhealthy as their french fried sister, like pouring melted butter over them with cinnamon and sugar on top, but I think I will stick to the healthier way.  I know your really going to like how simple these baked fries are to make, so put 1 or 2 sweet potatoes on your grocery list and give these a try.

Recipe:

1-2 sweet potatoes peeled

2 T. vegetable oil

2 tsp. kosher sea salt

1-2 T. powdered sugar

Directions:

Cut peeled sweet potato in half then into wedges as evenly as possible, then cut wedges in half.  Put potatoes in gallon size zip lock bag add oil and salt, close and shake well.  Spread oiled potatoes out evenly on baking sheet.  If the potatoes do not touch each other they are less likely to steam and more likely to get a tougher browned crust like french fries.  Bake for 30 min. at 400 degrees until tender turning half way through the cook time.  Serve with a sprinkling of powdered sugar or eat plain.

Serves 4 – 6

If you have kids you might find out that they really like these fries because of their naturally sweet flavor and you can feel good about it knowing they are getting some real vegetables in.

Enjoy :)

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