Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Makes approx. 4 servings
In college my roommates and I used to frequent a pub and brewery, which was well known for its delicious sweet potato fries. We gladly paid the extra 2 bucks to get that deliciousness on our plates with any accompanying sandwich. Another local restaurant served them with an awesome horseradish dip. That combination of sweet flavor with a zip is the inspiration for today’s recipe. And better yet, my recipe is guilt free because its baked.
This recipe calls for cayenne pepper to deliver that scrumptious zip. I’ve only used a small amount because the heat can quickly sneak up on you. If you seemingly have no taste buds, like my husband, feel free to dump on the cayenne. It should not interfere with the cooking process. The marriage counselor wannabe in me suggests that you refrain from dumping large quantities of cayenne on the entire recipe, unless you have blessings from said spouse. Cayenne pepper is not to be messed with. Or so I found out that one time I accidentally sprayed myself with pepper spray…
Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries
2 medium sweet potatoes
2 T olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp parsley
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Cut ends of each sweet potato, and slice into fries. Each fry should be approximately 3 inch long and 1/2 inch wide. Get the most from your food- make sure to leave the skin on!
3. In a medium sized bowl, mix uncooked fries with olive oil, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and parsley.
4. Divide fries into equal portions and place on 2 baking sheets. Do not crowd baking sheets with too many fries, or they will not cook properly.
5. Cook at 425 for 10 minutes, then shake pan to make sure that fries do not stick. Cook an additional 15 minutes.
6. Turn oven to high broil and cook for an additional 5 minutes. This will ensure that the fries are crispy.
Aioli is a great sidekick for any starchy dish. It has a creamy texture, and you can really flavor it however you want. Since my sweet potatoes fries have a cayenne pepper kick to them, I wanted a light, fresh taste to accompany them. In this recipe, the garlic powder sustains that spicy kick, lemon adds a bit of tang, and chili powder brings the sweet.
Mix the following ingredients together and you’ve got one delicious aioli!
1/4 C mayonnaise
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp chili powder
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