To say I am not a fan of sweet potatoes is an understatement. I’m not even sure I can call the sweet potato a potato. I am totally, completely in love with regular potatoes and eat them frequently. I just can’t get over the sweetness of the sweet potato. I’ve tried sweet potato fries, tater tots, and even a stuffed sweet potato but I didn’t enjoy any of them.
A quick funny story. In an effort to have healthier school lunches our cafeteria started serving sweet potato tots. None of the kids would eat them so I decided to take one for the team and get some to try. I figured even if I didn’t like them, I’d eat them and show the kids they weren’t that bad. The lunch ladies were thrilled. I took my first bite and almost gagged. They were soggy and horrible! I managed to eat a second one but had to throw the rest away. Total teacher fail.
So late this summer we went to a friends house. He was cooking us dinner and my husband and I were very excited. While he was preparing dinner he told us he was making his sweet potato fries as an appetizer. My husband and I gave each other a look, knowing that neither of us enjoy sweet potatoes. Since we were at a guests house we would both take a handful and pretend to enjoy them.
As they came out of the fryer, they actually looked pretty good. I tentatively took a first bite and was surprised. i took another bite and actually smiled. They were delicious! I handed my husband one, told him it was good, and he skeptically took a bite. He had the same reaction, actually enjoying the fries. So this week for Sunday Supper’s Unprocessed theme, I decided to make these delicious sweet potato fries.
We ended up eating a ton of these sweet potato fries. They were so crispy and delicious with just a small sprinkle of salt. In fact, we liked them so much that I made them for dinner the next week. Thanks to Randy for showing both my husband and I that we actually DO like sweet potatoes!
- 2 large sweet potatoes
- 2 c. vegetable oil
- sea salt
- Peel the sweet potatoes. Cut them into very thin sticks. Each sweet potato should make about 40 potato sticks.
- Place the oil in the bottom of a deep saucepan. Heat until a thermometer reads 350 degrees.
- Add about 20 fries to the oil. Allow to cook 2-3 minutes on one side and then flip. Cook for 1-3 minutes on the other side, just until they begin to brown.
- Remove the fries with a slotted spoon and place them on a paper towel lined plate to drain.
- Sprinkle with sea salt and serve hot.
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