By Erin Walgamuth:
The last of our Christmas holiday house guests departed yesterday in the early afternoon. My family and I were hungry as it was lunch time, but what to eat? The refrigerator was full of various left-over’s none of which sounded appetizing. I had five small sweet potatoes in the pantry and we all agreed that some sweet potato fries and a salad would be the perfect mid day meal.
Please feel free to mix up your own spice combination to sprinkle over the potatoes. My children like to dip their fries in ranch dressing, but almost any dipping sauce will do even plain old ketchup!
Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries
You will need
16 “ baking sheet
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
Prep-time about 10 minutes
Cook time about 25-30 minutes
This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled you will just need to use another baking sheet and increase the baking time.
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4-5 small sweet potatoes approximately 1 pound 4 ounces. The potatoes I had were each about 5 inches long.
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon ground chili powder
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Wash the sweet potatoes and scrub off any dirt spots. Slice potatoes in half length wise. Slice each half into four wedges. Try to make the wedges similar in size as this will ensure evenly baked fries. Note-If you can not find small sweet potatoes, cut a larger potato in half, then cut each half in half length wise and then into evenly cut wedges.
Put olive oil in a medium glass bowl. Use your hands to toss the potatoes in the oil, evenly coating each fry, do this in batches. It is best if the potatoes are evenly coated, but not dripping with oil. Place the fries on a baking sheet skin side down so they are not touching.
In a small bowl, mix together the salt, garlic powder, cumin, chili powder and cinnamon. Sprinkle the spice mix evenly over the cut part of the potato wedges. You may need to hold the fries by one end and turn from side to side in order to have the spice sprinkle evenly distributed.
Place baking sheet in the pre-heated oven and bake for about 25-30 minutes or until browned to your liking.
Cool fries slightly and serve with you favorite dipping sauce.
Erin Walgamuth has been an assistant Food Stylist for television and print for the past 26 years and writes this column using her own recipes. Check out her other creations in our Hometown Recipe section.
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