Because I’ve tricked them into eating them.
I bake them up as fries.
Super easy. Super yummy. And -since we bake them and don’t fry them – they are super good for you.
Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamins, are a slow burning carb, and (here’s the kicker) - they are full of beta carotene which the experts say will help ward of the effects of aging.
Sounds good to me – bring ‘em on!
Sweet Potato Fries
2 medium sweet potatoes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon olive oil
Scrub the sweet potatoes well; then slice them into wedges. (The smaller your wedges – they faster they bake.) Place in a mixing bowl.
In a small bowl mix together the salt, cumin, chili powder, paprika, and black pepper.
Drizzle the olive oil and spice mix over the potatoes and toss to coat.
Place in a single layer on a greased baking dish and bake at 400 degrees till you get the desired crispness. We usually figure about 30 minutes to make a softer fry; 45 minutes or more if you want it crispier.
This should serve 2 people, unless one is really hungry.
But if you’re like me and are serving a family, or have people who eat meals at odd hours – you may appreciate a short cut.
We make the spice mix up in bulk and store it in a container in the cupboard. Then we can whip up a batch of fries without having to haul out all the spice jars.
Master Spice Mix
6 teaspoons salt
6 teaspoons cumin
6 teaspoons chili powder
6 teaspoons paprika
3 teaspoons black pepper
We figure about a teaspoon of spice mix per sweet potato – but if you like it spicy – add more!