The Skinny on Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes and yams are actually two very different vegetables.

While American grocery stores use the terms interchangeably, what they are always referring to is actually a sweet potato, not a yam. Garnet Yams and Jewel Yams, for instance, aren’t yams at all — they’re sweet potatoes! Candied Yams? Nope, sweet potatoes. Confused yet?

In fact, chances are that you’ll never accidentally buy an actual yam instead of a sweet potato at your local grocery. You can find “true” yams as well as other varities of sweet potatoes in Caribbean and Asian specialty grocery stores.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Sweet Potato Fries

A friend of mine made these delicious sweet potato fries for me during her last visit. They are awesome.

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1 - 2 Sweet Potatoes (or 1 gigantic Sweet Potato)
Olive Oil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Peel sweet potatoes (optional) and slice into thick strips (like steak fries.) A sharp knife will be helpful here. Drizzle olive oil over baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Arrange sweet potato fries in one layer on baking sheet, turning fries over to coat in olive oil and add more if necessary (but not too much or they will be soggy.) Salt and pepper to taste once more. Bake for 20 minutes, then flip fries over for maximum crispiness. Depending on your preferred level of char, cook for another 15 - 30 minutes, or until fries are done to your liking.

1 comment:

joshua said...

I have been making this receipe for a couple of years to wean my kids from fat-fried french fries. To make it really interesting and beautiful, I use One orange sweet potato, one Okinawan purple potato, a Yukon gold, and a White potato - they get a great mix of colors on the plate and each potato "fry" has a delicious, unique taste.

You can also slice them really really thin and make colorful bag of "chips" to take for lunch! Hmm, with a yogurt base dip they don't even notice all the vitamins and veggies they're getting...