Many years ago, my friend Betty brought a sweet potato pie to our Friendsgiving potluck and it was left untouched the entire night. She was sent home with it. Nobody was very fond of sweet potatoes, including me. I didn’t appreciate sweet potatoes at the time, but if it were now, I might have had to fight Betty for that pie. There’s been a number of restaurants that serve cajun food in the Bay Area, which all serve sweet potato fries. They’re sweet, savory, crispy, and just plain ol’ delicious. I saw a picture of some thick cut potato wedges and wondered how thick sweet potato fries would be since sweet potatoes become softer and are more moist than regular potatoes.
I cut the wedges extra thick. The fries were soft and buttery on the inside with a slight crisp on the outer edges and the spiciness of the seasoning goes great with the sweetness of the potatoes. Try these cajun sweet potatoes fries as a snack or as a side dish.
CAJUN SWEET POTATO FRIES
You will have plenty of seasoning leftover. It can be used for seafoods, poultry, and even cooked with rice
3 Tbsp. salt
1/4 C. smoked paprika
3 Tbsp. herbes de Provence
3 Tbsp. cumin
1/4 C. cayenne pepper
1/8 C. freshly ground pepper
2 large sweet potatoes
vegetable oil for drizzling
salt for sprinkling
1. Preheat oven to 450 F and prepare a cookie sheet.
2. Microwave sweet potatoes for several minutes until they become fork tender.
3. Carefully cut each sweet potato into wedges. The potatoes will be hot.
4. Place the wedges onto your prepared cookie sheet and drizzle each wedge with oil, making sure each wedge is coated. Sprinkle the wedges with the cajun season and flip the wedges and again, drizzle oil and the seasonings.
5. Bake for 20 minutes. Sprinkle lightly with salt immediately.