SideShow Acts

They may not be the main act, but these sides steal the show.

“Song, song of the south.
Sweet potato fries and I shut my mouth.”

I know. That’s not actually how it goes. You know how I know? Because I googled that baby to death, trying to find the right lyrics. And yet the internet persisted in saying that Alabama is singing about sweet potato pie. Not sweet potato fries.

Which is ridiculous.

Because who would waste a perfectly good sweet potato on anything other than sweet potato fries?

Maybe that’s why they shut their mouths….

Whatever. If you come to my house, we’re having sweet potato fries. And you can bet your sweet patooty there will be singing.

Of course, that’s after the smoke detector stops its siren call.

You see, for as much as I love sweet potato fries, I’m a tad more talented at eating them than actually preparing them. Which isn’t to say this recipe isn’t delicious. It is. When the Big Man makes it.

Alas, the Big Man has been busy “working” at his “job” lately. Too busy to make me sweet potato fries on demand, apparently. I ask, he mumbles something about sweet potatoes not growing on trees. Along with shoes, books, and cute little tops from Banana Republic.

So while he’s busy tending his money tree, or whatever it is he does, I get busy cooking learning…

  • Don’t cut them too thin. This ain’t no McD’s – you’re going to want a little more fry with your ketchup.
  • Don’t cut them too thick. Cookies left a little under-done in the center = FANTASTIC. Fries left a little under-done in the center = coal in your stocking come Christmas Morning.
  • Don’t use a dull knife. At least not without a suture kid handy.
  • Don’t cook them too long. Unless you’ve made enough to feed the local fire department as well.
  • Don’t cook them too little.
  • Don’t make to few.
  • Don’t make too many.  There’s no such thing as too many.
  • Don’t over salt them. For the love of gawd, don’t over salt them.

And then, I get busy eating.

Sweet Potato Fries
Dish: Side Dish
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Cook time: 
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Feeds: 4
  • 1 Large Sweet Potato
  • ¼cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Garlic Salt
  • Freshly Ground Pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 450degrees.
  2. Cut sweet potato into quarters, then slice in ¼" slices. Cut each slice into 2 or 3 pieces, length-wise, to make fry-sized pieces.
  3. Toss sweet potato fries in a large bowl with ¼cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil to coat.
  4. Arrange fries on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet, making sure not to allow any to touch.
  5. Bake in oven at 450degrees for 15minutes.
  6. Remove pan, flip fries, then return to oven to bake for another 10-15minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and immediately season with garlic salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.
Keep an eye on the fries the last 5minutes of each baking time - golden is lovely, black is burney.

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