Grilled Sweet Potato Fries
This quick little recipe was inspired by another fun blog I love to follow, Dixie Chik Cooks. Dixie Chik recently posted her recipe for grilled french fries with jalapeno cheese sauce. Please – click on that link. Go look at those fries and that cheese sauce. Doesn’t that make you want to dip your fries, burger, pork chops in that sauce? And maybe pour it on your breakfast cereal? And this is the kind of thing she makes when she’s just tired and hungry and wants to use up taters.
Well, I didn’t have regular potatoes I needed to use up, but I did have sweet potatoes that looked like they wanted to go say hi to my grill.
I used Dixie Chik’s method and peeled and sliced the sweet potatoes ahead of time and soaked them in some hot water. Later, I drained them, patted them dry, and tossed them with some olive oil. Then I considered seasonings. Salt and pepper were obvious, but what else would be good with sweet potatoes? They are indeed sweet. So, I thought about spices that go well with sweets like cinnamon and clove, which made me think of Five-Spice Powder.
I actually do have a grill basket and I think this was only the second time I ever took it for whirl. It did a pretty good job of wrangling the fries although one or two did sneak out.
A few fries got a little burned but here’s the bonus – the burnt ones taste like marshmallows and really, how bad is that?
I served mine up with the pork chops I grilled at the same time and the sweet flavor complemented the pork perfectly. I didn’t, however, make that jalapeno cheese sauce yet though because even though it sounds like it might be even good on breakfast cereal, I had a feeling it might not be quite as good a match on the sweet potatoes. I’ll wait till I grill up some regular potatoes sometime soon to try the sauce. In the meantime, I’ll be reading Dixie Chik Cooks for more great recipes, and you should too. And try the sweet potatoes – mix up the spices, try something new!