Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Recipes: Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Spicy Sriracha Dip

I remember back in the good old days, Thanksgiving used to be my favorite holiday. I used to stuff my face all day and then get ready to charge the stores at the crack of dawn to get pseudo discounts on items I didn't need. Living in Korea, and now Germany, has diminished my love for Thanksgiving somewhat, mostly because no one else celebrates it, but around this time of the year, I voraciously read recipes online on everything Thanksgiving-y and get fat through my imagination and memories. I'll be vicariously experiencing my Thanksgiving this year through a few recipe posts that I think some of you who are celebrating might like to try and whip up for your big turkey day.

This recipe isn't necessarily part of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner, but sweet potatoes remind me of yams (yums!) and so I thought I'd do a healthier rift on that beloved, ooey-gooey Thanksgiving staple and make baked sweet potato fries with a skinny sriracha dip, adapted from this recipe. 

What You'll Need (serves 2):
  • 4 sweet potatoes
  • 2 tbsp of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese (I used Grana Padano)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup fat-free sour cream or quark 
  • 2 tbsp Sriracha sauce
What You'll Do:
  1. Preheat the oven to 425ºF. 
  2. Peel, rinse, and dry the potatoes. 
  3. Using a knife, cut the sweet potatoes into slices. You can go for thick and rustic, or skinny.
  4. Throw the potato pieces into a bowl and toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper. 
  5. Bake for 25 minutes or until crispy.
  6. Leave the fries out for 5 minutes to rest. While they're resting, mix the sour cream and Sriracha sauce together to make your dip.
  7. Freshly grate the Parmesan cheese directly onto the fries. 

I also make a dessert version of the baked sweet potatoes. Just add the olive oil but don't add the cheese, salt, or pepper. Rather, after they're out of the oven and crispy, drizzle some honey on top, and add a dollop of whipped cream if so inclined.

Sweet potatoes are considered a superfood. They're rich in vitamin B6, C, D, E, antioxidants, magnesium, and iron. They are also chock-full of fiber, which gives them a "slow-burning" quality- meaning that they will keep you fuller longer, and the caloric energy is used way more efficiently than regular fiber. Even if you're on a low-carb diet, sweet potatoes are a perfect way to add more fiber to your diet without overloading on the carbs. Meh, I don't need to convince you- that just means more fries for me!  


  1. Mmm these look so delicious! I love sweet potato fries and these ones look so crispy and tasty!!!

  2. LOVE sweet potatoes..maybe I'll add more into my diet...! Good excuse!

    I usually soak mine to make them crunchier! There's also a trick I saw on Pinterest of coating them with a bit of cornstarch to add a crunchy outer layer, I'm just not sure if it diminishes the nutritional value..!

  3. Ooh what a fab idea to soak the sweet potatoes! I'll try that for sure next time!


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