Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries with Chipotle Sauce

I don't really care about football, but I do like the Super Bowl (tm) (please don't sue me, NFL!)  We usually invite friends or family over to the house, just a few people, and enjoy snacks and beer.  My favorite thing to eat during the game is Ruffles potato chips and sour cream and onion dip - you know, the kind that is comprised of a tub of sour cream and a packet of French Onion soup?  LOVE!  I only make it once a year, and it's my special, no-carbs-barred day with salty treats.  Only this year, I abstained.  It was hard, seeing all those shiny, brightly-colored bags in the store, but I made a commitment to treat my body better and lose weight, so I took a stand and passed.

Instead, I made these sweet potato fries.  They were incredibly tasty and easy to make, so I had to share the recipe.  The basic recipe, of course, is just sweet potatoes, oil, and salt.  And feel free to make them like that, they are wonderful!  But I found a jar of garam masala, a relative of curry powder, at my local Target last week, and I thought the two tastes would go well together.  I was right!  Garam masala ingredients vary by neighborhood in India, so there's no one "authentic" composition.  This one has black pepper, cardamom, anise, and other spices.  If you were to add sugar, it would remind you of chai.  If you add it to a savory dish, it is a fragrant, warm spice mixture that hints at sweetness and heat - perfect for sweet potatoes!

Eat these as-is, or make the chipotle dipping sauce recipe below.  I think these would be great with just a bowl of plain yogurt to dip into, too.

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

  • 3 small sweet potatoes, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (if you don't have it, use all olive oil)
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala (OR 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin and 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.  Peel the sweet potatoes and slice into wedges.  Mine were pretty thin - they will crisp up quicker if you cut them thinly lengthwise, and as evenly as possible.  
  2. In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients.  Pour onto a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and bake.
  3. Flip sweet potatoes every ten minutes until they are crisp.  Mine were unevenly cut, so some were done after 30 minutes and the rest at 40 minutes.  When crisp, remove from pan to a cooling rack or a plate lined with paper towels.  Serve plain or with sauce of choice.
And if your sauce of choice is the Chipotle Sauce...

In a food processor, add 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon plain yogurt or sour cream, one chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, 1/2 lemon (juiced), and 1/4 cup cilantro stems and leaves.  Blend, taste, add salt, maybe some more adobo sauce from the can, or a little orange juice or more lemon.  Oh, ground cumin would be nice in here too!  Or, if you are lucky and recently made my recipe for Fajitas Salad, skip all this and use the leftover dressing!


  1. ooooohhhh sweet potato fries make me happy and this recipe makes me super happy. I'm looking forward to giving this a whirl.

  2. I love sweet potatoes too! Let me know how you like them if you make this!