Sweet potato fries are my weakness. And we’re talking a weakness of epic proportions a la Britney Spears and her beloved Cheetos. Minus the whole walking into gas stations barefoot to acquire said weakness, that is.
Anyway, point being whenever I see sweet potato fries on the menu somewhere, I have to order them. For me, the sauce is what really makes the sweet potato fries, as their sweetness is begging for a contrasting flavor to complement it. Trust me when I say this lemon garlic dipping sauce does not disappoint. And the basil salt sprinkled on top of the fries? Yeah, it’s as delicious of a combination as it sounds.
Recipe adapted from Giada DeLaurentiis.
• 5 sweet potatoes, cut into fry-size pieces
• 3 tablespoons olive oil
• 2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, chopped
• 2 teaspoons kosher salt
• ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• ¾ cup mayonnaise
• 1 clove garlic, minced
• 1 tablespoon lemon juice
What to note before tackling the recipe:
• To avoid having too-long fries that will break in half as you’re stirring them in the oven, select Idaho potato-sized sweet potatoes. If you can’t find smaller sweet potatoes, you can cut the potato in half before slicing into fries.
• If you have a mandoline food slicer, this is the time to (very carefully) use it. The mandoline will produce uniform cuts, which is key to getting the fries to finish baking at the same time. Simply cut off the two ends of the potato and start slicing away.
• When using a knife to cut a potato into fries, the key is cutting the potato into a rectangle-like shape. First cut off the two ends (on the “long” side of the potato) to make those sides flat. Then cut off the four remaining sides to make those sides flat as well.
• Once you have your “rectangle” potato, cut off about a ½-inch slice (adjust for your preferred thickness), lengthwise. Then cut that slice into four or five even pieces (again, adjust for your thickness preference). Voila, fries!
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Using your mandoline food slicer or your knife, cut the potatoes into even-sized fries. Place fries on a foil-lined baking sheet or pan and toss with olive oil. Bake until golden, which will take about 45 minutes. At 15 minute intervals, stir the fries to ensure they’re baking evenly and not getting stuck to the foil.
While the fries are baking, prepare the basil salt by combining the basil, salt and pepper in a small bowl. In another small bowl, create the lemon garlic dipping sauce by combining the mayonnaise, garlic, and lemon juice, and stir to combine.
When the sweet potato fries are finished baking, take them out of the oven and sprinkle with the basil salt. Serve with the lemon garlic dipping sauce.