Jorge and I are from opposite sides of the track. And by that I mean, his first job was at McDonalds at the deep fryer and mine was at a realtors office where I was paid to read magazines and paint my nails. Obviously if we had met in high school we wouldn’t be married today. Who wants to date the fry boy? Oh wait…I do. Hot fries? A cute guy smelling like delicious, greasy fries? Ohhhhhh yaaaaa.
And while you will find me in line at whatever fast food joint I can find demanding a large fry and a GIANT diet coke any time I have a hangover, my favorite fries are Baked Sweet Potato Fries. To be fair, I have yet to meet a sweet potato I didn’t love…but these really are the best fries I have ever made at home. I used to make mine coated in a little olive oil, salt, and a whole lot of fresh cracked pepper. And they were good. But after learning the trick about tossing them in corn meal to help them stay crispy on the outside (from my lovely neighbor) and adding a healthy dose of cinnamon…they are perfect. Absolutely perfect.
I know school is starting back up and everyone is going to be rushing to get dinner on the table…but these really are a pinch to make if you can take the time to slice them before hand. If I know I need to have these ready to go in a pinch, I will slice up a few large sweet potatoes and store them in a plastic bag in the fridge until I am ready to use them. I have even heard you can freeze them!
Baked Sweet Potato Fries
3 large sweet potatoes
2 tablespoons corn meal
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a large cookie sheet with non-stick aluminum foil.
Peel sweet potatoes and slice into fries. You want fries to be as even in width as possible for even cooking.
Place sweet potatoes in one of those giant size ziplocks and drizzle in 2 tablespoons olive oil. Shake like crazy to evenly coat. Then sprinkle in the corn meal and shake, shake, shake it!
Drizzle in the last tablespoon of olive oil, and sprinkle in the cinnamon, salt, and pepper. Again shake it like your life depends on it.
Lay out the sweet potatoes in a single layer and bake 25-30 minutes, flipping half way through. Serve immediately.
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