Thursday, May 10, 2007

The new french fry

Sweet potato fries, originally uploaded by mud pie gourmet.

The only time I remember eating sweet potatoes growing up was at Thanksgiving. They were always covered with brown sugar and colored marshmallows. I always shoved them to the side on my plate. They were just way too sweet. A few years ago I discovered real sweet potatoes--in a pure form: Roasted, with a little kosher salt, pepper, and olive oil. Since then, I have explored these beta carotene-packed veggies and have used them to replace the average white potato in many of my meals. My kids still dip them in ketchup.

Sweet Potato Fries w/ Cumin
Serves 4

3 large sweet potatoes
3/4 tsp kosher salt
3/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
3/4 tsp cumin
3 T olive oil

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Scrub potatoes. Slice potatoes into french-fry sized strips, leaving skin on. Place on a roasting pan (or cookie sheet), sprinkle salt, pepper, cumin and olive oil. Using hands, toss until potatoes are coated. Roast for 45 minutes.


henryteachers said...

Now those I'll have to try. They look so yummy and probably so much better for you.

Carrie said...

Yumm! I've always loved the sweet potato! I've never liked the traditional marshmellow thanksgiving yam recipe either, even though Sweet Potatoes/Yams are one of my favorites at Thanksgiving! My family has a super sweet but totally different on the stove and syrupy recipe for Thanksgiving. I've looked at the difference between Yams and Sweet Potatoes at least once a year for YEARS...and keep forgetting! My mother in law made these last summer and they were good, but I don't think they had cumin on them. And it was with yams and Sweet Potatoes. The Yams are the not orange ones right? I'll have to try that next time!

SKISL said...

We're also fans of the sweet potato fry, but are yet to perfect the process. Based on your picture, it looks as though you may have already done so. Going to give it a try!

melin4 said...

Hey I just want you to know that your site has recommitted me to my love of cooking. I've gotten all lost in picky husbands, picky kids and too many pregancys but I"m now just gonig to make yummy and gourmet whatever it is they'll acutally eat. Tonight we rolled out homemade tortillas and tomorrow we'll be doing merigue--anyway, thanks for making fancy look doable.