Friday, April 24, 2009

Foodie Friday

Sweet Potato Fries

recipe provided by MSNBC


2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled
Extra-virgin olive oil or nonstick vegetable spray
Coarse-grained salt and cracked black pepper
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest


You won’t miss Mc-You-Know-Who’s fries a bit once you make this delicious alternative. These are so quick to prepare and so deeply satisfying, you’ll be surprised at how simple it is to add another side dish to the evening meal.

PREHEAT oven to 400F. Cut sweet potatoes crosswise into 1 1/4-inch-thick slices. Place only enough olive oil on a cookie sheet to prevent sweet potatoes from sticking.

ARRANGE sweet potatoes in a single layer on cookie sheet. Turn them over once before baking to ensure that both sides are coated with oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Bake until golden, turning once and seasoning undersides with salt and pepper at halfway point, about 25 minutes total.

WHILE the potatoes are in the oven, in a small bowl toss together parsley, garlic, lemon zest, and a bit more salt and pepper. Taste. Adjust seasonings.

TRANSFER cooked potatoes to a large bowl; add parsley mix. Working quickly, toss potatoes to coat evenly; place back on cookie sheet in a single layer. Bake for an additional 2 minutes, which will take peppery bite out of the garlic.

SHORTCUT CHEF Peel and slice the sweet potatoes, place in a plastic bag, drizzle with olive oil, seal the bag, and then shake and turn to coat with oil. Keep refrigerated. Make the parsley, garlic, and lemon zest mix ahead, too.

Disclaimer: I know these are probably not on the diet, but they are such a great treat! And if you never made them, you really need to try it out. It would be a great starter to the weekend!

xo{Pugs & Kisses} xo,

Dawn from Lydia & Pugs


  1. ohhhh!!! yummy! I used to eat sweet potatoes a lot in Peru. There are so many types and flavors over there, also my dogs used to eat them everyday (it was so cheap) and they were healthy and lived long happy lives. During my visit to NC my friend prepared sweet potatoes in the oven (adding salt only), she used frozen sliced sweet potatoes, i didnt even know those were in the market! it makes things easier, but the lemon/garlic mix will definately make this side a very special one!

  2. I can smell it from miles away!! That must taste really good!


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