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Here's a truly tasty sweet potato fries recipe. Sprinkle them with salt and pepper. Try them dipped in butter, bleu cheese dressing or ketchup.



Sweet Potato Fries Recipe


INGREDIENTS:

1/3 cup Olive oil

3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced like steak fries

2 teaspoons coarse sea salt

3/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat a conventional oven to 425 degrees Farenheit. 

In a large mixing bowl, drizzle the oil over the potatoes and toss to coat thoroughly.

Add seasonings (the last four ingredients listed above) and toss again to coat evenly.

Place the seasoned sweet potato fries in one even layer onto a metal baking sheet. Maintain a space between each fry so they get crispy on all sides. Avoid overlapping the fries by baking them in smaller batches.

Place the fries into the oven and cook for about ten minutes.

Remove the tray from the oven and flip the fries over with a spatula or tongs, then place the tray back in the oven for another ten minutes.

Ideally, the Sweet Potato Fries Recipe should be soft on the inside and browned on the outside.

Let the fries cool for about five minutes before serving.




INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT SWEET POTATOES:

American Indians were already growing Sweet potatoes when Columbus arrived.

Sweet potatoes are not potatoes. They are tubers from the solanaceae family.

Sweet potatoes are part of the morning glory family (Convolvulaceae).

A "yam" is a variety of sweet potato grown in the South.

North Carolina is the supplier of 40% of the annual United States production of sweet potatoes.

Popular sweet potato varieties grown in North Carolina include Covington, Beauregard, Hernandez, Jewel, Puerto Rico, Japanese, O'Henry and White Delight.

North Carolina sweet potatoes are available year-round, but are in abundance from September through June.

North Carolina sweet potato growers planted 42,000 acres in 2009.  

In 2007, the total cash value of America's sweet potato crops was approximately $374 million dollars.




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