Sweet Potato Fries with Raspberry BBQ Sauce
Sweet Potato Fries Sweet potatoes are often associated with autumn harvests, and in the U.S., Thanksgiving. But they are grown year round, and used in such a variety of ways that they fit just as well in your springtime...
Sweet potatoes are often associated with autumn harvests, and in the U.S., Thanksgiving. But they are grown year round, and used in such a variety of ways that they fit just as well in your springtime menu as strawberry-rhubarb pie. To verify, sweet potatoes are not yams. You can distinguish them by their flesh, which can vary from white to purple, but are often orange. Additionally, sweet potatoes are lower in calories and carbohydrates per gram than yams. Similarly, they differ from regular, white potatoes in many essential ways, sweet potatoes being a tuberous crop rather than a root vegetable. Still, you can use sweet potatoes in many of the same dishes as russet potatoes. Often, the subtle sweetness of sweet potatoes enhances popular sides like mashed potatoes and potato casserole.
Need proof? Then try these delicious sweet potato fries yourself. Coated with sea salt and spices, they are playfully flavorful and so filling, you may want to serve them as a main course, rather than the appetizer. These "fries" are actually baked, making them a healthier option than their deep-fried counterparts.
- 5 large sweet potatoes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Heat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar, spices, and salt to create a seasoning for your fries. Set aside.
- Scrub the sweet potatoes clean, and cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch strips. For added fiber, leave the skin on. Coat in olive oil and sprinkle on the seasoning.
- Place the potatoes on a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes.
Raspberry Barbecue Sauce
These fries pair well with raspberry barbecue sauce, to create a sweet and tangy side dish or appetizer. To make your own raspberry barbecue, you'll need the following:
- 1-1/2 cups raspberries
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- salt and pepper to taste
Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until the mixture is thick, smooth, and ready for action. You can store this barbecue sauce in the fridge for 7-10 days.
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