Sweet Potato Fries, Oven-Baked

I just learned the phrase "easy peasy lemon squeezy" from my daughter. Oddly, within 24 hours I heard my boss use it, too! I'm pretty sure they don't move in the same circles. Anyway, here's a recipe that is easy peasy lemon squeezy and that the whole family may like: oven-baked sweet potato fries.

We used two kinds of potatoes this time, a garnet yam and a Japanese yam or sweet potato (I forget which). While buying these at the Brattleboro Food Coop, at least two other sets of customers got involved in our cash register discussion about what's the difference between a sweet potato and a yam. Verdict: nobody is sure.

To slice, cut sweet potatoes on an angle into 1/2 inch slices. (No need to peel.)
Then, slice those pieces into 1/2 inch strips to create fries.

Place in a 425˚ oven to bake for about 20 minutes, maybe less.
Check frequently for softness and turn if desired.

Finished fries may have browned slightly--that's OK!

Give to children who are waiting patiently for dinner.
Or scarf em yourself. (I did fill in the rest of these tray sections with food.)

Thanks to Traci up north for the inspiration... our hostess and mom extraordinare who whipped these up during a weekend visit earlier this month. We've made sweet potato fries twice since then.

OK, so what is the diff between sweet potatoes & yams?

3 comments:

Wendy said...

I believe they're all sweet potatoes. I don't think we eat real yams in this country. They're large tubers grown in the tropics. I read that when the African slaves arrived, they called sweet potatoes "yams" and it stuck.

ValleyWriter said...

I have heard that yams are a much larger root than sweet potatoes and are usually starchier. They are mostly grown in Africa. Most "yams" sold in the store in the U.S. are actually sweet potatoes.
Yams, sweet potatoes, whatever you want to call them - I love 'em! Especially as fries!!

"Prof. Kitty" said...

Thank you VW & Wendy, you brilliant ladies! I appreciate the clarification, and also love that your comments totally agree with each other. I am lucky to know you both :)