Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Sweet Potato Oven Fries with Maple Bacon dip


Sweet potatoes* are a favourite at our house. I am not fond of the usual chipotle dip that restaurants serve alongside the fries so when I tasted this unusual dip, I took note and decided to make it at home.

These fries are oven baked so they may not be crispy like the ones the restaurants serve but the flavour is amazing and the dip just makes them better. 


Ingredients for the Maple Bacon Dip: (Dip for 8 people)
  • 1  250 g. package cream cheese at room temperature 
  • 2 Tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2-3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1-2 drops liquid smoke
  • 1/4 cup prefried and finely crumbled bacon
Method for the Dip:
  1. Beat cream cheese until smooth.
  2. Add mayonnaise and mix well.
  3. Beat in maple syrup and liquid smoke. (be sparing with the liquid smoke as it tends to intensify as the dip sits)
  4. Stir in crumbled bacon and refrigerate until serving.

Ingredients for the fries:

  • Several large sweet potatoes (I use the long orange fleshed ones)
  • olive oil - 1-2 tablespoons, depending on how many sweet potatoes you use.
  • Kosher salt

Method for the fries:
  1. Set oven to 425º F.
  2. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Peel sweet potatoes and cut into 1/2" slices.
  4. Stack slices and cut into 1/2" sticks.
  5.  In a large bowl, toss with just enough olive oil to lightly coat the fries.
  6. Sprinkle with Kosher salt.
  7. Lay sweet potato fries evenly on pan, leaving space between them
  8. Bake for 15 minutes at 425º.
  9. Using a large metal spatula, carefully turn the fries over and bake another 5-10 minutes.  They should get a bit brown on the ends.
  10. Remove to serving dish and serve with Maple Bacon Dip.
* Sweet Potatoes come in 2 colours - the lighter ones have a yellow flesh and are a bit drier and less sweet tasting than the darker ones with the orange flesh.
Although we often use  the words 'sweet potato' and 'yam' interchangeably, according to Google, true yams are another vegetable altogether and not even in the same family as sweet potatoes.

13 comments:

  1. We just got a whole bunch of sweet potatoes, so tomorrow night we´re going to try this :) It´s going to be so yummy!

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  2. Hi Bev this is a really delicious way to do sweet potatoes isn't it?

    I make something like this too, but mine do get moderately crispy. I leave the skin on but scrub the potato well, then cut it into thick wedges leaving each piece with some skin. They look like the frozen plain potato wedges you can buy. I toss them in oil and lots of chili spices and have the oven set at about 475. They do crisp up fairly well but true, not as much as regular potatoes. I use Heinz chunky chili sauce to dip.

    Sharon

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  3. I love making these. I have a convection setting on my oven, so that really aids in crisping these fries. The key is what you said in point #7 - "leaving space between". I will have to try your dip. Sounds good!

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  4. I'll have to try these. HEALTHY sweet potato fries. One thing I do when I put oil on them is to put them in a plastic bag and really shake them up to get the oil on all the potatoes. Works well; they all get covered.

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    1. What good tips and suggestions. This is what I love about blogging - ideas, tips, and great recipes. Thank you!

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  5. This is totally a question ? you say you eat out then wonder if you can make the same etc ... we did last night .. their were coconut bun's my husband just loved .. I have looked ,, up recipes .all do not look quite the same .. as we seem to find the exact and tweek it my thoughts were .. you just may have it somewhere ,, and could post ?? that.s just the german in us ..thx

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  6. My picky-picky husband wrinkled his nose when I suggested sweet potato fries the other day, but he LOVES maple and bacon, so I'm thinking he might give these a try. Thank you for sharing.

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  7. You got my attention with this dip but I have a question. Cream cheese comes in two sizes around here so it would help to have a little detail there. Thanks.

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    1. I'm sorry I neglected to put that in. I used the larger package - I think it is 250 g. Thanks for bringing that to my attention.

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  8. Whenever I make these, they never seem to get very crispy(like potatoes). Do you have any tips to make them crispy?

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    1. I'm not sure baked sweet potato fries will ever crisp up like deep fried ones. However I've read that it helps to soak them in cold water for several hours, pat them dry and toss with a bit of cornstarch before baking. If you try this, let us know how they turn out.

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  9. Everything is better with bacon! LOL!

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