Sweet Potato Fries- Secret Recipe Club

This is my first time participating in the Secret Recipe Club and I’m super excited to be involved! I was assigned the blog Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Punch and actually browsed through all the posts to find THE one I wanted to try. If you have a gluten-free eater in the house, this blog is worth checking out. The photos are quite pretty, too :)

Alex (and myself, I suppose) is trying to eat healthier these days, so we bought a big box of sweet potatoes & yams at Costco. I will never cease to be amazed at the healthiness of sweet potatoes, mainly due to the fact that they kinda taste like candy. Amazing how that is. Anyway, I chose this recipe to recreate and ended up adapting it quite a bit. After trying to bake at 390 degrees, my fries weren’t getting crispy fast enough, so I upped the temperature to 450. They also needed a good 25 minutes to bake. We didn’t have any sesame seeds, neither of us really care that much for them, so instead, I sprinkled in cornmeal to give the fries a tender crunch. Try it, you won’t regret it. We couldn’t stop eating them- these guys are addicting!

Also, I just can’t get over the orange and yellow combo of the yams/sweet potatoes. If you’re able, pick up a combo of both- they should be quite easy to find this time of year! It makes for quite a lovely presentation.

Sweet Potato Fries

2 to 3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chips or slices
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 to 3 tablespoons cornmeal
coarse salt, to taste (optional)- I didn’t use

Heat the oven to 450°F. Toss the sweet potatoes in the oil, cornmeal and salt and roast in the oven for about 25 minutes, until tender within and crisp outside.

*An easy way to “toss”, I found, is to put the oil, cornmeal & salt in a large Ziploc freezer bag, then put in the cut-up potatoes. Shake, shake, shake it up- just like your mom did a Shake ‘n Bake :)