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    Sweet Potato Fries

    June 29, 2010 by Brandy Vencel

    Because these go way better with burgers than plain old fried potatoes. Because my kids will eat them. Because I will eat them (and I’m not a sweet potato fan). Because it’s Monday. Because I scored some sweet potatoes on sale on Saturday, and we ate them the same day and now they’re gone.

    Because the name of this blog is not “Lessons from Charlotte,” but if I don’t post something else soon, it might as well be.

    Sweet Potato Fries
    sweet potatoes, cut up into “fries” (thick ones if you want the “steak fry” variety), enough to fill two cookie sheets
    sea salt
    garlic powder
    olive oil

    Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Get a mixing bowl, and pour some olive oil in it. In batches, toss the sweet potato fries in the oil, coating them thoroughly. Add oil to the bowl as needed. Then, lay the fries out on two separate cookie sheets. One sheet of fries, sprinkle generously with sea salt, cumin, and paprika. The other, sprinkle generously with sea salt, cinnamon, and garlic powder. Put them in the oven. Total cook time is 30 minutes, but I like to stir them around a bit every 10 minutes (to keep them from sticking) and add at least one additional sprinkling of sea salt.

    Kids love these.

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  • Reply Brandy Afterthoughts July 1, 2010 at 12:16 am

    All of those ingredients at once, hm? I just might have to try it.

    Sarah: I really want to get an over-the-range convection oven someday so that I can cook things like this without heating the whole kitchen the way I do.

    Grace: IF YOU COME VISIT a lot of things can happen. πŸ™‚ Rahime is coming. You come, too.

  • Reply Sarah June 29, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    We love sweet potato fries with sea salt and thyme.

    It’s been too hot to turn on the oven lately, but just as soon as we get a cool day I’ll try some of your combinations.

  • Reply Gracie June 29, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    this sounds absolutely devine and delicious!!!! Want to be my personal chef?

  • Reply Kansas Mom June 29, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    We make something like these with our sweet potatoes, but usually just slice them in rounds (per Cooks Illustrated instructions). We’ve also frozen them after cooking for an even quicker side dish later.

  • Reply Rahime June 29, 2010 at 7:41 am


  • Reply Mystie June 29, 2010 at 5:19 am

    Oh, I just actually read your directions. My seasoning is salt (sometimes sea salt, sometimes garlic salt), paprika, cinnamon, garlic powder — all together. The recipe I got from a friend included cumin in the mix, but I don’t like cumin much so I don’t keep it around and I left it out. πŸ™‚

    It works great with yams, too.

    If you cut them thinner, they bake in 20 minutes. I know because I burned a pan when I set the timer for 30 and left the room. πŸ™

  • Reply Mystie June 29, 2010 at 5:16 am

    Yes! I make these too! We love them. πŸ™‚

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