Friday, March 29, 2013

Quick and Easy Snack - Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Evenings are kind of stressful with two kids back from school hungry and the two adults back from work hungry. Nobody thinks straight with all that hunger running around. One adult is especially stressed with the need to put dinner out in a few hours and has no time for elaborate snacks. Anyway to tide over the few hours till dinner time it is better for everyone's sanity if something is put into the respective stomachs without too much hard work.

It is times like those that sweet potatoes are a life saver. They cook pretty quickly. Although they can be eaten just boiled nobody prefers them that way. I can understand because I don't much care for mushy (or not) boiled sweet potatoes either. Once they see the toaster oven for a few minutes the very same sweet potatoes become a sought after snack.

The other interesting thing I am noticing is a lot of people eating sweet potatoes with their protein instead of rice or pasta or whatever. I know sweet potatoes are kind of fad these days.

I prefer the white fleshed and purple skinned sweet potatoes over the orange fleshed and brown skinned sweet potatoes. Both work well for these fries. The white ones take a bit longer to cook than the orange ones. Toaster oven is what works best for this. The big oven takes longer to preheat and it is not worth it methinks for the small quantity.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries
  1. 1 or 2 sweet potatoes peeled and cut in half
  2. salt
  3. chilli powder or any seasoning preferred
  4. 1-2 tsp oil
  1. Boil the sweet potatoes till it is half cooked (do not cook it fully)
  2. Cool and cut into thin strips.
  3. Toss it with salt, chili powder and the oil.
  4. Spread it on a baking tray in a single layer and broil (using toaster oven) for 8 minutes on one side, flip and broil for another 8 minutes.
  5. If there are more than can hold do it in batches.

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