I'm a french fry fanatic. To me, there is no greater side dish. In fact, I'd be perfectly happy to make french fries the main dish - and put the burger/sandwich/hot dog on the side. Especially since I discovered sweet potato fries. Not that there's anything wrong with the good old-fashioned russet potato, but the flavour and colour of the sweet potato just add that something extra - and make french fries a main dish in my world.
Spicy Sweet Potato Fries
3 large sweet potatoes
Slice sweet potatoes into thin wedges and add to a large mixing bowl. Drizzle with olive oil to coat. Sprinkle with a bit of salt and a generous amount of pepper (about 12-14 turns). Hit with a dash of cinnamon and a pinch of cayenne for some heat. Toss until potatoes are evenly coated with oil and spices.
Spread the potato wedges on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes, turning fries once. After 30 minutes, turn the oven up to 450 degrees and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until wedges get slightly dark.
Remove from oven and serve piping hot with garlic & dill aioli
Garlic Dill Aioli
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1/4 - 1/3 cup minced garlic
1 tbsp lemon zest
1/3 cup finely chopped dill
In a bowl, whisk together all ingredients and chill for up to 3 hours before serving.
to skin or not to skin?
this is totally a matter of personal preference. If you like baked potato skins, then leave them on...they add great flavour to the fries. If skins aren't your thing, peel 'em off. This recipe works well either way!