Lucky Comestible I(2): Sweet Potato “Fries” Three Ways and Miso Gravy

January 22, 2008

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[This week’s Lucky Comestible is sweet potatoes; here’s part 2 in the series. ]

A few weeks ago, I hosted a potluck for friends and promised to provide all of the recipes from the evening on this blog.  And while I’ve done pretty well on most of the others, I hadn’t supplied this one for sweet potato “fries,” partly because it’s so simple I feel it doesn’t require its own recipe (just instructions).  However, this past weekend when The CFO came to visit, we had brunch at a local haunt and ordered the sweet potato fries with miso gravy.  Well, I was determined to reproduce that gravy! So I’m posting my own version, with not one, not two, but THREE variations on the fries.

I first tasted sweet potato fries (real ones–literally fried, in fat, and lots of it) many years ago, before I hit my 4th decade and, therefore, before I knew the true meaning of the word, “heartburn.”  Nowadays, deep-fried anything is anathema to me, because hey, as someone born in the Year of the Dog, I can easily be classically conditioned.  All it took was one or two repetitions of the stimuli “deep fried” and “one portion ingested by me” paired with the response “mega heartburn,” and it was sayonara to fried foods in my diet. 

These oven-baked “fries” are much lighter (which means you can eat more!) and, if baked correctly, still provide the exterior crunchiness and interior smoothness that is characteristic of the traditional sweet potato fries.  Most of the time, I just toss these with a combination of olive oil, garlic salt, chili powder, cayenne, cumin, and curry powder, for a sweet/spicy mix that’s divine (and is Version One).  When paired with the miso gravy, however, something a little more demure is called for, as the gravy is quite assertive on its own.

Given all the amazing health benefits of sweet potatoes (more of which I discussed yesterday), I’ve decided to include this recipe as part of Sweetnicks‘ ARF/5-A-Day Roundup this week.  (In fact, I was sure they’d be on her list of top-20 antioxidant-rich foods, but was surprised to find they’re not!  Won’t stop me from eating them, though. . . ).

Sweet Potato “Fries” with Miso Gravy

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These are quick, easy, and great as a side dish or appetizer.  Either version works well with the gravy; if you’re more of a ketchup lover, try the spicy ones, mentioned above.  In any case, make more than you think you’ll need–they shrink a little while baking, and you’re going to want seconds.

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9 Responses to “Lucky Comestible I(2): Sweet Potato “Fries” Three Ways and Miso Gravy”


  1. I made baked sweet potato fries a couple of days ago–love ’em–but mine don’t come out crispy. I’m going to try adding 10 minutes to their baking time.


  2. Hi, I found your site via Sweetnicks. I’ve been meaning to try making sweet potato ‘fries’ for ages. Yours look delicious! : )

  3. Ricki Says:

    Sally,

    The trick, I’ve found, is to bake them longer than is typically recommended. If I’m really feeling frisky, I even stop halfway and turn them over so both sides are equally baked. Luckily, though, they are still good without the ultra-crispy exterior, as we are rarely patient enough to wait that long around here!

    FarmgirlSusan,

    Thanks for visiting, and welcome to my blog! Thanks for your comment. Yes, these are definitely one of the veggies on my “delicious” list. And so easy–you really should give them a try. Let me know how they turn out🙂 .

  4. Michelle Says:

    These look great. I love sweet potato fries, but the Husand won’t touch them. However, I’m itching to try out the miso gravy. Maybe it will finally win him over!

  5. Ricki Says:

    Michelle,

    Thanks for your comment, and welcome to my blog! The miso-sweet potato combo is definitely a winner. My honey was also skeptical about the fries at first, but how can anyone stay mad at sweet potato fries?? See if your husband will try again. . . it’s worth it!

  6. Lisa Says:

    Love this idea! This is why I explore food blogs. Thank you! Lots of possibilities here.


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