My Special Recipe for Sweet Potato Home Fries
Now that Thanksgiving and Christmas have past, everyone is putting the pumpkin and sweet potato recipes back in the file boxes. There were yummy pumpkin and sweet potato pies topped with whipped cream, pumpkin loaves and rolls, pumpkin squares and marshmallow-topped sweet potato casseroles. There are probably hundreds, if not thousands of pumpkin and sweet potato recipes.
Sweet Potato Fries
Although most consider sweet potato and pumpkin recipes to be seasonal dishes, garden-grown sweet potatoes are available all year. Lots of folks enjoy just tossing one in the microwave for a sweet and healthy treat. They have become increasingly popular for making a healthier alternative to french fries. Like other sweet potato dishes, there are several variations. The sweet potatoes can be julienned (cut into thin strips), cut fat or cubed for sweet potato home fries.
My Sweet Potato Home Fries Recipe
The first time I had sweet potato home fries, I was teaching at a technology academy that had a culinary arts department. The students sometimes fixed gourmet meals for the staff and sold them dirt cheap. Their sweet potato fries were cubed and cooked home style. I remember that there were onions and bacon bits in those yummy things, but there was a gourmet flavor that I just loved.
I set out to re-create the flavor and eliminate the bacon for a healthier, yet still delicious version. After some thinking and experimenting, I came up with the following recipe for sweet potato home fries.
I used olive oil and a little butter rather than the bacon. Lemon juice adds a tang to the flavor, and a dusting of sea salt, sugar and cayenne pepper completes the gourmet flavor for these tasty sweet potato home fries morsels.
Ingredients For Sweet Potato Home Fries
- 2-3 medium sweet potatoes
- 1/4 cup olive olive
- 2 TBS lemon juice
- 1 TMS sugar
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- sea salt
- cayenne pepper
Sweet potato home fries are great to add to a healthy dinner like lemon rosemary chicken or salmon dishes. They make a good alternative to potatoes, pasta and other starches. Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin B-6, which is known to break down homocysteine, a substance that causes hardening of the arteries. They are chock-full of beta-carotene, or vitamin A, a potent cancer-fighting antioxidant. Sweet potatoes are also an excellent source of vitamins C,E and manganese. Manganese has been shown to stabilize blood sugar levels. Eat more sweet potatoes!