For the past decade sweet potatoes have been in the spotlight on the food stage. Even if they are not the main attraction they are definitely being cast more in the category of best supporting role. While I am not going to get into the multitude of reasons behind this (including the low carb craze) I am going to be grateful for many things the emergence has done. First, and most importantly, are Sweet Potato Fries.
One of my favorite locally owned burger places, which just happens to make an amazing Falafel ‘burger’ also makes the most amazing Sweet Potato Fries. Not only are there sweet potato fries outstanding they serve them with an incredible marshmallow dipping sauce. The combination is perfection.
For the meal plan a couple of weeks ago I accidentally over bought sweet potatoes for the Shrimp, Kale, and Sweet Potato Skillet. Knowing that the girls, especially D3, are not super fans of this super food I needed to come up with something they would eat. Also, because the sweet potatoes I bought where white and not orange, I thought I could pass these off as regular potatoes.
I prepped the sweet potatoes and got out the fryer. Although I could have baked them I chose to deep fry them for two reasons. First, the temperature outside was close to if not at triple digits. I just don’t enjoy heating up the oven on such a hot day. Second, I thought that even if the girls discovered my ruse they would try them because they were fried.
While the girls were not fooled by my trickery they did try the Sweet Potato Fries. Some of them I sprinkled with a cinnamon sugar blend, some I did not. D4 enjoyed the fries, but preferred them without the cinnamon and sugar. D3 was still not a fan. I am convinced it is all psychological with her. The Hubs and I both enjoyed them immensely, both ways.
I also made deep fried chicken tenders, which are a family favorite. As much as I love the sauce that is served with the Sweet Potato Fries at the burger place I made something a little bit different. I served mine with maple mayonnaise that I ended up adding some Sriracha to. It worked wonderfully with the fries and the chicken!
Have you gotten hooked on the Sweet Potato craze? Do you like yours baked or fried? If you are a fan of Sweet Potato Fries do you have a favorite sauce that you dip them in?
These were so tasty. Of course, deep frying takes time and patience. If you have the both I strongly suggest giving these a try.
Sweet Potato Fries
- 2 large sweet potatoes (¼” to ½” thick slices)
- vegetable oil for frying
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Optional: cinnamon and sugar mixture
- ¼ cup real maple syrup
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- Sriracha to taste
- In a large heavy bottomed pan or a deep fryer heat oil to 370 degrees F.
- Line a baking sheet or platter with paper towels.
- When oil is to temperature add a small handful of fries. Do not overcrowd the fryer or pan. Gently turn the fries once or twice to ensure even cooking. Cook for 5-7 minutes, or until fries are golden brown on all sides.
- Remove sweet potatoes from hot oil carefully to paper towel lined platter. Sprinkle hot fries with salt and pepper or cinnamon sugar.
- Continue frying potatoes until all are cooked.
- For sauce, combine maple syrup, mayonnaise, and Sriracha
- Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce, if desired.