A couple of years ago, I traveled to Dublin, Ireland, with my sister to see The Coronas live in their hometown at the O2 Arena. Prior to the best concert ever, we had dinner at Jo’ Burger, the restaurant with the best sweet potato fries that I have ever eaten. After my first bite, I was hooked. I don’t normally order seconds, but in this case, I made an exception. It was so worth it!
Since then, I was tried to recreate the magnificent taste of these fries. I always fall just short of achieving this goal. My fries also taste outlandishly good, but they don’t taste like the Jo’ Burger fries. Just another of many reasons to revisit Dublin.
With just one sweet potato and a few herbs and spices, you can make a side dish that not only tastes fantastic, but is also loaded with nutrients. For instance, one medium-sized sweet potato contains over 400% of your daily requirement of vitamin A and is an excellent source of beta-carotene, potassium and fiber. Hence, it can reduce cancer risk; protect against asthma, heart disease and the effects of aging. The skin is high in potassium and fiber, thus, if possible, buy organic sweet potatoes that you don’t have to peel.
- one medium-sized sweet potato per person
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- fresh ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon (to add sweetness, if desired)
- 1/4 red chili flakes (to add an extra kick)
- Slice the sweet potato into long slices or disks.
- Preheat oven to 220 °C .
- In a large bowl, toss the sweet potato pieces with just enough oil to coat them. Don’t over do it! Less is more!
- Season with salt, pepper, paprika, and cinnamon.
- Give the sweet potatoes another toss.
- Line a sheet tray with parchment – just one tray for best results!
- Spread the sweet potatoes on the prepared baking sheet. Make sure that there is some distance between each fry to prevent the fries from turning soggy.
- Bake for about 15 minutes. Turn the fries and bake for another 10-15 minutes.
- The fries should be tender and browned on the outside.
- Let the fries cool off for 5-10 minutes before serving.