sweet potato goodness (i.e. fries)

Are you guys hungry? If not – you may be hungry by the end of this post. I’m just sayin’.  🙂 
Last night I made sweet potato fries to go along with some chicken sandwiches for dinner and I thought… hmm… why not share this delicious recipe with my people?! I can’t remember where I found the original version of this recipe – but over the years I’ve changed it up to make it my own and I looooove it (as does James). 
Anyway – enough chit-chat. Here it is! 
(*Disclaimer – please ignore the photos. I was starving and thus not super concerned with the photos other than for documenting purposes. Also – pitch darkness outside + disgusting tungsten lighting inside = not so pretty, funny-colored photos. Again, please ignore. Focus on the sweet potato deliciousness….) 
So, first off – you’re going to want to get some sweet potatoes (obviously!) This time around James happened to buy just one sweet potato that was approximately the size of my head. (Okay – maybe not quite that big… I have a big head. But it was large.) So I’d suggest getting either one humongous potato, or getting 2-3 medium-sized potatoes. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. 
Wash & peel the potatoes. 
Slice the potatoes into thin-cut fries (or to your size liking…)
Put the fries in a large bowl. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray. (I use this olive oil spritzer thingamajig from Crate & Barrel. No aerosol… just hand-pumped air into a bottle full of your choice of oil. It’s fabulous.)
Put 1.5 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in the bowl with the potatoes. Use your hands to mix the fries so the oil covers all of them evenly. Then add 1/2 teaspoon of each of the following: paprika, salt and garlic powder. Add 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper. Mix with hands again until fries are evenly coated.

Lay the fries on the baking sheet so that each one has some room to breath and bake (see below). Finely grate fresh parmesan cheese over the fries (you can probably omit this if you don’t have a block of parmesan on hand… but trust me, this step makes them extra delicious…)

Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes. (I usually check the fries after 20 minutes. Depending on your oven and whether you like your fries crispy or not – you can take them out or leave them in a bit longer. I think I usually end up leaving mine in for 30 minutes…)

Use a sturdy flipper to neatly scrape them off the baking sheet (since they tend to stick a bit)… 
If you want to get really fancy – buy some herbed goat cheese and warm it up in the microwave so it’s nearly melted… and dip the fries in it.   Best.Thing.Ever.
Enjoy!!  🙂 

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