burgers & purple sweet potato fries

beef burger with baked purple sweet potato fries

I’ve mentioned my love of burgers before, and unsurprisingly I also really love fries. I think maybe it’s because I really enjoy condiments? Anyways, these burgers were super tasty – and even better paired with baked sweet potato fries. Do you still call them fries when they’re baked? Well I’m going to…I know no one wants to hear about yam fries. But these purple skinned sweet potatoes have a different flavor and texture than the standard orange yam fries you see everywhere. And yes, they’re baked because we try to healthify things a bit for our weeknight dinners. (Don’t worry, that deep fryer will be out for my actual birthday dinner!) I get a little confused about yams vs. sweet potatoes. There are quite a few different types and the naming is confusing! For this recipe we are talking about the variety with purple skin and light flesh (not the purple flesh variety). Here’s Tim with the details…

Oh yam fries – so played out.  When you see all your local fast food chains selling yam fries, you know the fad is about to die.  Don’t get me wrong I still love them, but making them at home was a struggle because I didn’t want to break out the deep fryer.  If you bake the regular orange yams, they go from crunchy to mushy in an instant.  Nothing ‘fry-like’ about them.  So I decided to try out purple sweet potatoes.  

Purple sweet potatoes have a totally different texture from the orange yams once they are cooked.  They don’t turn mushy – they have a little resistance to the bite.  So, if you want your fix at home, give these a try.

Purple Sweet Potato Fries

2 purple sweet potatoes, cut into fry shape

1 tablespoon of olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

1/4 cup of grated parmesan

A handful of parsley, chopped 

Preheat your oven to 450°F.  Place your potatoes in a bowl and add the oil.  Toss to coat evenly.  Place on a baking sheet.  It is super important not to over-crowd this pan.  If you do, they will not get that nice crunchy outside.  You want a crunchy outside, trust me. 

Bake for 15 minutes.  Remove from the oven and carefully turn or flip all of your fries.  Put them back into the oven for another 10-15 minutes.  Grab one and take a careful bite.  Are they done?  Add your salt and pepper to taste. 

Plate the fries in a bowl.  Sprinkle the parmesan and parsley over your fries.  Sometimes, (read: always) I drizzle some truffle oil over top, right at the end.  I love these things! Enjoy!