Healthy, delicious, easy.  Sweet.

Not only have we have given up old fashioned fried fries, but our potato of choice is sweet potato*.  So what could be better than simple to make, yummy to eat, baked sweet potato fries?

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Wash and completely dry one large sweet potato (we buy organic whenever possible). This should be enough for two people.

If you like wedges, cut the potato in half the long way. Place the flat side down on your cutting board and slice each half into 4- 6 wedges (you determine how thin or thick you want them, just remember to check on them as they cook). If you prefer a real ‘fry’ look,  slice the potato into 1/3-inch long slices, then 1/3-wide inch strips.

Before baking, lightly coat them with olive oil, sea salt and loads of freshly ground pepper . Get creative and vary your seasonings: cumin, curry, paprika, truffle oil…

Place on baking sheet lined with parchment (easy clean-up) and cook from 20-30 minutes until crispy on the outside and soft inside.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

*We were wondering about the difference between yams and sweet potatoes and did a little research.  In the US almost all potatoes labelled as yams are in fact sweet potatoes.  The Texas Cooperative Extension Aggie Horticulture Network, advises buying sweet potatoes with a deep color for the best food value. For best food flavor they advise storing them in an environment between 55-60 degrees–not the refrigerator.

Root cellars anyone?

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