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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Sweet Potato Fries

I'm a firm believer that if you can buy a food item pre-made chances are very good you can make it yourself. Oh, there are exceptions to this but for the most part it rings true. Over the holiday season I noticed a certain food company advertising their frozen sweet potato fries. Well this was just something I had to try, not their product but a homemade version of it. We don't buy frozen French fries as it is preferring fresh cut to frozen so I picked up a couple of sweet potatoes for this appetizer.

sweet potato friesSweet Potato Fries

Sweet potatoes are a deep orange fleshed vegetable that actually differs from Yams of which they are often confused with. Yams are of African origin with a dark skin, lighter flesh and somewhat smaller than sweet potatoes sold in North America. While the two species are not related the terms sweet potatoes and yams are used interchangeably in North America even though they are sweet potatoes not true yams.

The sweet potato fries served with pure maple syrup were quite delightful! They made a great appetizer. Deep frying does concentrate the sugar content in the sweet potatoes which plays off nicely with the crispy, caramelized skin. Pure maple syrup was the perfect dip to accompany the sweet potato fries.

Method: Wash and cut the sweet potato fries using a French fry cutter. Deep fried the fries at 180ºC/350ºF until golden brown. Remove from deep fryer. Drain then serve with a dipping bowl of pure maple syrup.

5 food lovers commented:

A Year on the Grill said...

amen and amen on making yourself. I have no backlog of recipes, but it is amazing what you can find on teh internet... just decide what you want to make, and there it is!

fromAfricaWeCame said...

this looks easy, gonna definitely try this. Tried this african soup last night and it was really good too.

Garden Gnome said...

So right Dave. I think anytime you can make it yourself you end up with better quality than pre-made, store bought. These were so easy to make! I'll bet there isn't more than a couple of sweet potatoes in the pre-cut frozen ready to fry bags so that makes them more expensive as well.

Garden Gnome said...

Hi fromAfricaWeCame and thanks for visiting. The sweet potato fries are quite easy to make as well as being tasty :)

Chey can cook! (and more) said...

I love sweet potato fries and eat them whenever I can!