Monday, June 28, 2010

Spicy Almond Sweet Potato Fries

I know I said I don't turn on the oven in June, but I lied, sort of. I'm definitely not one to plan a long summertime roast, but these fries are cut small enough that they cook through in minutes. Also they're so toasty and satisfying I'm willing to compromise my integrity for a plateful.

My nine-ingredient meal included the spicy fries plus a cold cucumber salad with sun dried tomatoes and feta cheese. Like a couple of Jane Austen protagonists in the final chapter, they made a surprisingly suitable match.

I should mention that these fries are FORK fries. Frankly, I've never been able to get the almond meal to hang on too tight. The upside is, there are usually some perfectly toasted almond bits left behind on the baking tray. Munch munch munch.

3-Ingredient Spicy Almond Sweet Potato Fries
Total Kitchen Time: 20 minutes. Serves 2.

1 large sweet potato, cut into fries
1/3 cup raw almonds
drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

Free Spice Blend
cayenne pepper to taste

In a large bowl, toss sweet potato pieces in olive oil to coat.

Grind almonds into a medium meal and combine with potatoes. Toss to coat and sprinkle with cayenne.

Arrange fries on a tray and bake at 400 degrees ten minutes or until tender and crispy.