Garlic Cilantro Sweet Potato Fries

5 May

Heaven is a place on earth. It’s in your oven. And it’s filled with sweet potato fries.

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Sweet puh-tay-tuhs. Sweet poh-tay-toes. Sorry. It’s all the same; everyone gets a healthy toss of cilantro, garlic powder and olive oil. Hold on to your hats.

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Contrary to their russet cousins, these fries have a sweet golden color (and flavor) but lack the stiffness of their fried counterparts.  This means you can eat more. Trust me here.

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One of the most important things I did (aside from devouring all the fries) was soak them in cold water before baking. It helps remove starch so you can achieve maximum crispiness. You want this.

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I went through a few test batches before achieving said crisp factor. The first versions were rather sad, but I persevered. Perseverance is important in life.

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So are snacks.

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Sweet potato snacks.

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Please make the fries. Then bring me some.

Garlic Cilantro Sweet Potato Fries

Yields 4 servings of sweet potato fry goodness

Ingredients

2 Sweet Potatoes

2 tbsp plus 1/4 tsp extra virgin olive oil

1/2 tsp salt plus additional to taste

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs

2-3 tbsp chopped cilantro

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Wash sweet potatoes and slice in half length-wise. Thinly slice each half into fry-width strips. With each strip, cut to fry width and shape. Once cut, submerge in large bowl with cold water and soak for 5 minutes.

Drain and completely dry fries, then return to dry bowl. Add olive oil, salt, garlic powder, pepper and breadcrumbs. Toss to evenly coat then spread onto oil-coated baking sheet. All fries should touch the sheet. Bake for 30 minutes at 425 degrees, flipping halfway through. Once removed from the oven, sprinkle fresh cilantro and toss to coat. Yum!

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2 Responses to “Garlic Cilantro Sweet Potato Fries”

  1. alovelysideproject May 5, 2013 at 3:41 pm #

    Found this site doing a search for the Kate Spade “Eat Cake For Breakfast” tote lol…so glad I did! I love making sweet potato fries (but have never tried soaking them in water first!) and can’t wait to poke around the rest of your blog. 🙂

    • jackiequribe May 5, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

      Ah, that bag– it’s so good! Thank you for stopping by–can’t wait to see more of yours, too!

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