Cajun-Style Sweet Potato Fries

Making wfpb fries is super easy to do (chop up a potato and bake. done.), but I was in the mood for spicing up the usual fries I eat along with my black bean burgers. The PlantPure Nation Cookbook has a Cajun-style sweet potato fry recipe that is simple to make and tasty! It isn’t super spicy unless you eat a ton at a time. When I made this (in the pictures below) I only used two large sweet potatoes, but I still kept the same spice amounts called for 4 potatoes. I wanted to make sure these would be spicy enough for me (I like spicy things!). I was worried if I halved the spices it wouldn’t be enough to coat the fries and keep them actually spicy. So, include as much or as little of the spices as you feel like, it’s up to your taste preferences, just make sure to keep the ratios of all the spices even or it’ll taste funky!

Ingredients:

Servings: However many fries you get out of however many sweet potatoes you choose to use

  • 4 sweet potatoes [the “default” of the recipe]
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • ½ tsp. dried thyme
  • ½ tsp. dried rosemary
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. sea salt [I don’t recommend leaving this out, though I usually omit salt in my recipes]
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 450° and line a large sheet pan with parchment paper. I ran out of parchment paper, so I cheated and used foil. I think it cooked about the same as it does on parchment paper, though it may be a little flimsier? I’ll have to try it again on parchment paper to compare.

Peel the sweet potatoes and cut off the ends. Cut the potatoes French fry style. Dump all the seasonings into a gallon-sized resealable plastic bag.

IMG_20150702_185416Put the fries in the bag and SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE.

IMG_20150702_185702Spread the seasoned fries on the prepared pan. Spread them out as evenly as you can. (I only used 2 large sweet potatoes because I didn’t want a zillion fries from 4 potatoes and I knew I couldn’t get 4 potatoes-worth of fries on 1 pan!)

IMG_20150702_185840Bake for 15 minutes then remove from the oven and flip them all over. Bake them for another 10-15 minutes or until they seem well-browned. Let cool for a couple minutes before serving. These fries are definitely best when warm/hot, so don’t wait too long to eat them!

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