Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sweet Potato "Fries"

Still counting down today…62 days to go!  Last night we enjoyed a relaxing weekend evening in after a very productive day!  Paul requested sweet potato “fries” and I requested grilled chicken so he grilled the chicken and I cooked the fries, along with toasted-garlic broccoli.  As I was taking photos of the chicken he hinted that he better get credit for the chicken.  I do have to (gladly) give the credit to him.  He is quite the grill master!   I have no interest in grilling, especially because he’s so good at it.  The chicken was so tender, it was like cutting butter.  We used a rub that my mom and dad got Paul for Christmas.  It was “Carribean Jerk” flavor.  It was sweet and spicy all at the same time.  It was wonderful!  It had a little thyme in it so I carried that over to the potatoes!

Sweet potatoes are something that we eat in spurts. They are a better option than white potatoes and I find them to be pretty versatile.  Of course, they are wonderful in sweet potato casserole during the holidays but let’s face it, butter and marshmallows added is probably not the most healthy way to eat the orange veggie.  Most-often, I choose to create a savory-style side dish out of sweet potatoes.  I love, love, love them combined with rosemary!  I love rosemary in general, but that’s another post.  This time I just seasoned them very simply and they were a perfect side-kick to the chicken!


All of this heatlhy cooking though has not stopped me from pulling out my mixer and doing a little baking.  I thought it might be appropriate to have at least two healthy posts in a row before adding another cupcake!  Just a heads-up to what’s coming this week, stay tuned! 

Sweet Potato “Fries” (printable version)

ingredients:

  • 3 – 4 sweet potatoes, cut into thin strips of similar size
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp dried thyme or 1 Tb. fresh thyme (or rosemary, dill or any other herb that you like)
  • 1 Tb. olive oil

prep

1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees and spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Place the sweet potatoes in the dish and spread out evenly.
3. Drizzle olive oil, salt, pepper and thyme evenly over the fries and ensure that all are evenly coated. (I find it easier to use my hands to do this)
4. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until fries are tender.

Original Recipe
Click here for the Toasted-Garlic Broccoli Recipe

 

2 Responses to “Sweet Potato "Fries"”

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    Georgia (The Comfort of Cooking) — March 7, 2011 @ 12:19 pm

    Cassie, these look delicious! Sweet potato fries are tough to get crispy, but I've found that soaking them in cold water for half an hour before baking sometimes helps. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Your blog is beautiful and I'm looking forward to exploring your recipes! 🙂

  2. #
    Karen — March 8, 2011 @ 11:57 am

    Recently had sweet potato fries at a restaurant and have been meaning to try them at home. These sound perfect!

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