Saturday, February 25, 2017

Sweet Potato Fries #giveaway #veggies #recipe @VictoriaAbbott

Sweet potatoes are our favorite veggie.  We simmer them in soup, whip them like mashed potatoes, turn them into casseroles, you name it.  We love them every way. In restaurants we often order sweet potato fries with spicy mayo or aioli.  Now we’ve discovered how easy it is to make these at home, without a deep fryer.  Just sweet potatoes, olive oil, salt, pepper and fresh thyme. All natural and so delicious. After a bit of experimentation and fiddling with cooking times and temps, this is our result.  

Sweet Potato “Fries” 

4 small or three medium sweet potatoes
1 – 2 tablespoons olive oil
Sea salt
4 -5 springs of fresh thyme (or 2 teaspoons dried thyme)
½ cup good quality mayonnaise
1/8 - 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Preheat oven to 450 F. 

Cut sweet potatoes into fry shapes, long and fairly thin. 

Place on a cookie sheet or baking dish, but don't crowd them.  Coat lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and fresh thyme.

Bake for about 20 minutes, turn and bake for about 15 minutes more.

Stir cayenne into mayo in a small dish.    

Serve sweet potato fries hot as a snack or as a side.  We have done both!
For this meal we paired them with small tenderloin steaks and sautéed mushroom.  We felt like we had our own private bistro in Paris!

We hope you are continuing to join us for our ‘eat your rainbow challenge’.  Every time you leave a comment, your name goes into the hat for the draw to win this lovely vegetable dish. The draw will be made after the March 11th post.

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  1. Delicious sweet potato recipe! Yes, I eat veggies - a lot of people seem to misinterpret my username, so I'm clearing it up right now, haha. Gorgeous vegetable dish and fabulous books as well!

    1. LOL, Liz. I have been wondering about your cheerful comments and your name. Thanks!

  2. Lovely recipe. We turn our sweet potatoes and 'regular' potatoes into fries often. My kids have no imagination. It's fries, mashed, or baked. Each time I try to do it a bit different. But our fave has been garlic, and Italian Seasoning. Toss everything into a big plastic ziploc shake good and turn out on foil lined cookie sheet. I use 425. But will give this a try. Hadn't thought about using a dip. But mayo with cayenne? THAT I know my son would love. The spicer the better. Sometimes I have taken a small batch of potatoes and sprinkled them with chili powder and cooked them on the side for him. But the rest of us aren't that 'adventuresome'. Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc (dot) com

    1. All these ideas are great, Della! I'll try your suggestions too. We all love to change it up. Cheers!

  3. Hi ! Great to see you again! These are wonderful...we have made regular fries and ships for years..but never this type..which is just as easy! And colorful...
    the3beersus (at) yahoo(dot) com.

    1. Hey SueAnn! Hope you like them and it's always good to see you here. Hugs.

  4. I make sweet potatoes all the time but usually just bake them whole.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

  5. I love my french fries & I will certainly have to try this one. Thanks for this generous chance.

  6. These sound wonderful. I'm definitely trying them!

  7. I love baked sweet potato fries. Normally, I cut them into wedges, coat them with a bit of olive oil and sprinkle on some cinnamon, cayenne and rosemary. After I remove them from the oven they get a light drizzle of honey! jlammers002 at woh dot rr dot com

  8. I like sweet potatoes, too, but don't eat them often since no one else does. These seem easy enough (I like easy).
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  9. Sweet potato fries are a favorite, and this is a great recipe -- I will definitely eat my veggies if they are sweet potatoes! Thanks so much for such a delicious chance to win that beautiful vegetable dish!

  10. Sweet potato fries are delectable and the whole family enjoys them. I roast veggies and the sweet potato fries are a delight. Thanks for your great recipe. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  11. When offered on a menu, I will always order sweet potato fries at a restaurant. Best so far are at The Spitfire Pub in Windsor, NS. I am so happy you've given me a great sounding recipe to try at home. Thanks Victoria and MJ.
    PS - I'd love to be lucky and win the platter!
    from the ever anonymous Nancy R

  12. I love sweet potato fries. When I have them like this I'm not so tempted to bake them and add great chunks of butter. Sometimes, though, I make more of a dessert version and mix with the olive oil, pumpkin pie spice, brown sugar, drop of honey and pecans. You could dump little marshmallows on top if you want to be really bad. When I'm being a good granddogmom I make a concoction of ground turkey, green beans and sweet potatoes for Pep. Okay, too early in the morning to be talking about all this food. xo

  13. This is really one of my favorite series!!!!!! I am trying the sweet potatoes for sure. Thanks! jsomers421@gmail

  14. My favorite way to eat sweet potatoes is to steam them and then sprinkle with sea salt and brown sugar. I always set some aside before adding the sugar and salt for Ethel, my Pug.

  15. Love sweet potato fries. Debi.

  16. I love sweet potatoes in any form. I also shred them and make sweet potato pancakes which are delicious! Another favorite is to cut them into cubes and use them for home fries on the side of turkey sausage and eggs. Enjoy!