Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Sweet Potato Fries - Heathly Alternative to French Fries

I first experienced Sweet Potato Fries at the Heartland Cafe in Chicago's far north Rogers Park neighborhood. To describe this restaurant and all its nuances would be an entirely different post. Let's just focus on the fabulous side dish.

I fell in love with these goodies and they way they serve them, with marinara sauce instead of ketchup. Last week I attempted to replicate them for the second time in several years. I don't know what it was, but I think they turned out better this time. I may have added a little more of the spices than the recipe called for.

So I started off with two gigantic sweet potatoes. Unfortunately it is hard to tell how big the are in this photo. Normally the recipe calls for four sweet potatoes.

The oven was turned on to preheat to 400 F.

I peeled the potatoes and them cut them into fries.

The cut potatoes were placed into a microwave-safe dish with 1 TBSP water and cooked in the microwave for 5 minutes on high.

The liquid was drained and the fries were tossed with 2 tsp Italian seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper (I added quite a bit more), salt and pepper to taste and 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

Fries were arranged on a baking sheet in a single layer. They were baked for 30 minutes turning them over once until they were crispy on the outside.

Cooled and served with some great pasta sauce, the SWEET POTATO FRIES were a PERFECT side for Blue Cheese Burgers on whole wheat buns!

2 ripples:

Sarah and Jack said...

((((Kristi))))) Hang in there.

Nilsa S. said...

If only I liked sweet potatoes. Alas, I think they're icky. But, I loved following the steps you took to making them.

Keep your chin up. I just lightened your Etsy load. :-)

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