Thursday, February 21, 2013

Sweetheart Sweet Potato Fries


I made these for D for Valentine’s Day: Sweetheart Sweet Potato Fries.

Well, they’re not really fries; they’re baked in the oven. And these might be yams. (Sometimes I buy yams, sometimes sweet potatoes). In any case, they were delicious, and healthy, and fun, and easy to make.

Preheat the oven to 375˚F. Drizzle some olive oil into a baking pan.
Scrub the sweet potatoes (or yams). There’s no need to peel them, but go ahead and pare off any areas of peel that are bruised, damaged, or unappealing for whatever reason.

Slice the sweet potato into rounds about ¼ inch thick. Try to make them a consistent thickness so they will cook evenly.

Using sharp-edged cookie cutters, make shapes that please your fancy.

Because this was for Valentine’s Day, I used heart-shaped cutters, two old ones that are part of a wonderful collection of old cutters that belonged to my grandmother. The larger cutter has scalloped edges.

(The smaller cutter is one of a set of four; the others in the set are diamond, club, and spade! I think they must have been for petit fours for bridge parties, long ago in a different world.)

Even with a sharp-edged cutter, it took a fair amount of downward pressure to cut through the vegetable. Be careful of little fingers.

Spread the pieces in the baking pan. (Don’t throw away the remnants! Cook them, too.) Sprinkle with salt and freshly-ground pepper to taste. (I use my grandmother's wonderful pepper grinder.)

Bake the “fries” for about 10-12 minutes (depending on thickness), until they are just beginning to brown. Take the pan out of the oven (close the door), and flip them all over...

...then return them to the oven for another 5-10 minutes until they are browned to your liking.

The timings I mention here are estimates. I didn’t take note of exactly how long I cooked these; I timed it by eye, fragrance, and taste.

Serve them right away while they’re fresh and hot. I have no idea if these keep well; we never have any left over.

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