Serve these crunchy but tender, easy-to-make fries with Chipotle Dipping Sauce for a zingy treat. Or, whip up a sweet, delicious Cinnamon Sugar version of the fries to serve as a mouthwatering, surprising dessert. (Find instructions on how to make all three below.) Helpful tip: Boiling the fries before baking them gives them a much crunchier texture on the outside while they remain tender on the inside.
- 2 pounds potatoes, cut into ½ inch strips
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Bring a large stockpot of water to a boil. Place potatoes in pot and boil for about 6-8 minutes or until al dente.
- Drain potatoes, then dry with paper towels.
- Mix remaining ingredients in medium-sized bowl. Place potatoes in the mixture and coat evenly.
- Spread sweet potatoes on a cookie sheet. (Use two sheets if the potatoes are touching—if they do, they will steam instead of roast.)
- Bake in oven for 30 minutes or until golden and crispy, turning them occasionally.
- Remove and serve with Chipotle Dipping Sauce (recipe below).
To Make Cinnamon Sugar Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Follow the recipe above, replacing the dry ingredients with ¼ cup sugar, 1 tablespoon cinnamon, and ¼ teaspoon nutmeg. These also taste great served with Chipotle Dipping Sauce.
To Make Chipotle Dipping Sauce
Heat a cast iron skillet to smoking hot. Place 1 ripe (red) jalapeno on the skillet and cover with a lid or pan to create a roasting effect. Rotate the pepper every minute or so until all sides are charred, then remove stem and skin from pepper. Place the pepper, 1 cup mayonnaise, the juice of 1/2 lemon, and a pinch of salt into a blender or food processor, then blend until smooth. Adjust seasoning as desired.
Stacy Harris is pioneering the farm-to-fork eating movement that includes harvesting wild animals in addition to domesticated animals and homegrown fruits and vegetables. She’s the author of several books about sustainable living for healthy families.