A side of sweet and spice…
It’s no secret – sweet potato fries are delicious simply plain. A little dash of salt along with that natural earthy sweetness is plenty good. But like many things sweet – they sure do pair well with fiery spices. Here we pair sweet potato fries with a little chili powder and cayenne pepper. That’s balanced with some brown sugar to level out the sweet just right. These are unforgettable fries, whether as a side for BBQ or a burger. The cayenne pepper powder is optional to the recipe, but it does provide a nice medium heat that chili powder alone won’t bring.
Spicy Sweet Potato Fries
- 2 sweet potatoes peeled and sliced into 1/2 inch strips
- 3 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder optional
Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly coat the foil evenly with 1 teaspoon olive oil.
In a large Ziploc bag, place the sweet potato strips along with the 2 remaining teaspoons of oil, brown sugar salt, chili powder, and cayenne pepper powder (optional). Seal and shake the bag vigorously to coat the sweet potatoes evenly with the spices.
Pour the spiced sweet potato fries onto the foil-lined baking sheet and spread them out evenly.
Bake the fries for 30 to 40 minutes, until the fries have a crispness ot them. Flip the fries 2 to 3 times during the baking process for an even crunch.