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How to win friends and influence people: Sweet potato fries

February 24, 2010

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One thing I’ve noticed since being in college is that expectations of adulthood do not apply to the wonderful world of food. Most people just assume you subside on a diet of ramen noodles, diet coke, and instant macaroni. So when you pull a fast one on friends and family and actually make something that doesn’t come from a box, they will look at you like you have just turned water into wine. Mmm, wine…

Ok, so how do I work Jesus miracles you ask? Like this…

Ingredients (makes enough for 4 people):

– 4 sweet potatoes. Many websites will tell you that you need something like 1 1/2 pounds. This pisses me off. I have a scale, but that’s because I’m weird. Most people do not. So why not just tell me how many ACTUAL potatoes I need? Thanks.
– 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt (I recommend Lawry’s brand)
– 1/2 teaspoon iodized (basically “regular”) salt
– 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
– 1/2 cup virgin olive oil

Other things you need:
– Baking sheet/pan
– Tinfoil (helpful, but not necessary)
– Large plastic Ziplock bag

1) Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees.
2) Mix the spices together in a small bowl. If you opt out of the cinnamon, just substitute more seasoned salt, or you could add some Cajun seasoning.
3) Peel your potatoes. You can use a peeler, or just a sharp knife.
4) Cut the potatoes in half, then cut them into strips. Try not to make them too thin or they will burn.
5) Throw the potatoes in the Ziplock and add the olive oil and spices.
6) Shake your money maker, or just the bag, so that you’ve coated the fries in seasoning.
7) Put the tinfoil on the baking sheet (or don’t), and spread out the fries in a single layer.
8) Bake for 30-40 minutes, flipping every ten. I sometimes take the liberty of adding more seasoning salt or salt and pepper as I go, but that’s just me.
9) EAT!

Note: Fries will be slightly browned, but not really crispy. Crispy is apparently not in the nature of sweet potatoes.

For information on which spices go with what foods check out Spice Advice!

One Comment leave one →
  1. February 24, 2010 1:36 pm

    I would like to apologize for step #8 being a smiley face emoticon wearing sunglasses…I don’t know why it did that, but it also won’t let me fix it. Apparently, WordPress is really excited about the baking process, but still keepin’ it cool.

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