Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Sweet Potato Fries

I love sweet potatoes. I'm always surprised when people tell me they don't. When I ask them why, I often find out that they have bad memories of holiday dinners involving sweet potato dishes made with lots of sugar and marshmallows.
And I say, "No wonder!"
Sweet potatoes are, as the name says, SWEET. There's no need to add sugar to them. (Unless, of course, you like that queasy feeling that goes with a sudden spike in your blood sugar.)

If you are one of those people who feels a twinge of nausea at the thought of sweet potatoes, I invite you to give them one more try. Only this time without any sugar, or spices, or butter or marshmallows.

This time, the only ingredients will be:

Sweet potatoes
Kosher or sea salt
Olive oil

Prep is really easy:

Pre-heat your oven to 375F
Peel the sweet potatoes
Cut them into strips like french fries
Put the sweet potato "fries" into a bowl
Drizzle olive oil over them
Sprinkle salt over them
Stir to coat the fries

Now spread your fries in a single layer in a baking dish or on a cookie sheet. Bake for about 25 minutes. Keep an eye on them in the last 10 minutes to be sure they are not burning. Bake until they are cooked through and just beginning to brown. Take them out of the oven, let them cool a bit and -- enjoy!