Everyone has that one food that is their biggest weakness. I have several that I love and several more that I try not to keep in my house very often because I can’t leave them alone. But the one food that is probably the hardest for me to avoid is french fries. French fries of any kind. Frozen, fresh, fast food, home-made, I’ve even gone as far as eating french fries out of a special vending machine that fries them fresh right there in the machine while you wait. Seriously, it’s almost impossible for me to turn them down. All kinds of studies have been done to prove how awful they are for you for all kinds of reasons, but really, life is just too short not to enjoy a few french fries now and then.
Tonight I’m a single gal so I’m cooking exactly what I think sounds good. Our son is hanging out with friends and isn’t thrilled about chicken and certainly doesn’t consider sweet potatoes “fries” no matter how they’re presented. My husband is headed home from a business trip and won’t make it for dinner so…I’ll be enjoying grilled chicken, grilled yellow squash, steamed broccoli, and sweet potato fries with a spicy dipping sauce. And I might even follow-up that healthy dinner with one of Namaste’s delicious chocolate brownies warm and gooey, right out of the oven.
Sweet Potato Fries
Preheat oven to 450°
3 Sweet Potatoes, peeled (you can use less or more, I used this amount because it’s what I had and they needed to be used)
Several Tablespoons of Olive Oil
Cut peeled sweet potatoes into thin wedges. I cut mine in half, then cut the halves in half, etc. Place in large bowl.
Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with several grinds of sea salt, pepper, and cayenne. I like things spicy so I probably used about a half of a tablespoon of cayenne. This will definitely give it some heat. If you like it less spicy, use less. Toss well making sure that all of the potatoes are coated.
Place on a parchment covered baking sheet being careful not to crowd them too much and bake in pre-heated oven for 20-30 minutes or until the fries are done through the middle and are getting a little crispy on the edges.
Since I’m the only one eating tonight I just made a personal sized dipping sauce. If you’re cooking for more than one you’ll of course need to increase the recipe amounts.
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil Mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon Gluten Free Ketchup
Sprinkle of Garlic Powder
1/4 (or more) teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
Combine all of the above ingredients except for the chives in a small bowl. Transfer to a small ramekin for dipping. Snip chives on the top.
Eat the fries and sauce as an appetizer or serve them alongside anything you like.