Mangia Mondays:: Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Welcome to Mangia Mondays, where I’m sweet on sweet potatoes today!

The foodie rockstar Kristin of Delightfully Dowling and I have been hosting this pardooski for the past 32 weeks and it’s been such a blast!

Now how about the yumminess disguised as good-for-you food……

Sweeeeet Potatoes!
Low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and full of good things like fiber, vitamins B6, A and C, and potassium!
Lets pretend that’s why I love them so – but really it’s because they are SO delish when roasted, I could eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
Keep those skins on for added texture and crunch (and oh yeah, even more goodness for your bod, blah blah blah.)  Spice them up, or not, depending on your mood!
I am always amazed that my kids with their picky palates don’t even notice that I’ve spiced these up, the flavors just enhance the sweet potato so perfectly.
So are you ready?  The quantities in this recipe serve my family of 5 without any leftovers; plan accordingly! 
2 sweet potatoes
About 3 teaspoons olive oil
1 garlic clove, chopped (not too finely)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Wash, then slice each potato in half, and turn onto flat side.  Chop into fries, trying to keep their size uniform (I aim for about 1/2″-1″ thick but sweet potatoes come in funky shapes so just do your best!)

Throw them onto a baking sheet along with the garlic.  Drizzle with olive oil until they are slick but not sitting in puddles.
Combine salt, chili powder and onion powder in a separate bowl and then sprinkle over the fries.
Toss to evenly distribute oil and seasonings.

Bake up those suckers for 30-40 minutes (depending on size) until fork-tender, turning once during bake time with a spatula.
{You may notice in this picture below that I mixed white (russet) potatoes with the sweet potatoes.  Beware if you do this that russets require a longer baking time than the sweets….approximately 10 more minutes for fork-tenderness.  I keep the different varieties separate on the baking sheet so it is easy to remove the sweets when done and let the whites finish up.}

If you like your fries crispy, after baking the fries until fork-tender, turn the oven down to 200 degrees and set the timer for 10 minutes.  The fries will dry out a bit.

Oh so good!  I wish I had this plate in front of me right this very instant!  These are a great side for dinner or even served with eggs & bacon at breakfast.

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Hope your week is off to a great start and thanks for visiting me today!