I have my stepson bundled up like the Michelin Tire Man as I sweat profusely running along side of him, it is time for his maiden voyage into childhood as he learns to ride a bike. That stands in stark contrast to the memories I have of my dad teaching us to ride a bike, providing mainly a push as we ride like a charging Calvary into the side of the neighbor’s garage. Draped only in the cotton armor of shorts, a t-shirt, and a helmet of whatever amount of hair grew back since your latest cut, we dust ourselves off and hop back on to try it again.
At some point in the past twenty five years it seems it has become fashionable not to let your kids get preventable disfiguring injuries. We strap helmets to their heads, put nets around trampolines, take away lawn darts, and then send them off to school with an eco-friendly 100% recycled lunchbox full of highly processed, GMO laden, nutritionally void Lunchables. So… yeah. Go us.
Look, I get it. We are a busy society and convenience is at a premium. I would love to be able to live my life eating every meal straight from the garden, but that just isn’t practical. However, when it comes to our children’s nutrition, we really phone it in.
That is why I love making my oven baked sweet potato fries recipe, it is a much healthier version of the traditional deep fried french fry. I’ve even whipped up my special own spice blend for it which I lovingly refer to as “Magic Dust”. If you were to break in my house and rummage through my pantry, you would always find a batch of it at the ready. Though, please don’t actually break into my house, that would be creepy.
Magic dust is a spice blend that balances the deep earthy flavors of cumin, black pepper, and paprika against the more pronounced flavors of cinnamon and cayenne pepper. The blend would probably be best compared to Arabian seasonings. But I just call it delicious.
I find the best dipping sauce for sweet potato fries is my cilantro lime sour cream sauce. It makes the fries so bright and fresh tasting! Plus, it takes no time at all to whip up a batch! If sour cream isn’t your thing, I recommend using a sweet BBQ sauce as an alternative.
Sweet potatoes can be a bit difficult to slice with a knife, even a sharp one. That is why I love using my mandoline. It makes quick work of the sweet potatoes and it ensures a consistent thickness, which will help everything cook more evenly. If you are looking for a moderately priced quality mandoline, I’ve been really happy with my OXO mandoline. I highly recommend purchasing it if you don’t have one already. You will be surprised how often you end up using it!
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Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Magic Dust
- 1 Sweet Potato
- 1 tbsp Oil
Magic Dust Seasoning
- 1/2 tsp Fresh ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp table Salt
- 1/4 tsp Paprika
- 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
- 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp Cumin
- Dash Cayenne Pepper
- Recommended Dipping Sauce Cilantro Lime Sour Cream see recipe
- Cut sweet potato into fry strips and toss in oil and season.
- Place on baking sheet and roast in oven at 450 degrees for 20-45 minutes, depending on thickness.
- Flip halfway through baking to prevent burning.
- Serve with cilantro lime sour cream or sweet BBQ sauce.
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