Sweet potatoes are the best. There’s really no two ways about it. They’re packed with vitamins A and C, protein, fiber, iron, calcium, etc. And, better still, it doesn’t take much work to prepare them. Before we get there, though, let’s talk about…
Sorry, the recipe is short, so it’s coming with a shameless plug for your neighborhood farmers’ market. Potatoes are root vegetables, which means (simply) they grow underground. They draw their nutrients from the soils around them, soaking up the good stuff they need, as well as the bad stuff we dump on them. There is overwhelming scientific evidence to show that these pesticides have negative effects on the human body. One way to avoid this problem? Buy your fruits and veggies, especially ones with edible skins (root vegetables, grapes, apples, etc), from your local farmer’s market. Most market vendors are organic, and they are usually at the market to field your questions. Most times, prices are comparable to your big box grocer, but the food will be fresher and healthier, and you’ll be supporting a local business in the process. Granted, talking about pesticides before cooking is unconventional, but these choices matter – both on a personal level and a global one.
So, you’ve got your potatoes from the farmers’ market and you’re ready to cook. Let’s go…
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Two medium sweet potatoes.
- A splash of olive oil.
- Two pinches of salt.
- One pinch of pepper.
- One cookie sheet.
- An oven.
Here’s what to do:
Step 1: Peel the potatoes with a peeler. If you don’t have a peeler, get one. They’re small, cheap, and useful in a bunch of situations.
Step 2: Cut the potatoes in half length-wise, and then width-wise. Then, cut the taters into thin strips (about the thickness of a drinking straw). If you like ’em thicker, go a little thicker – but be consistent, or they’ll all cook differently.
Step 3: Toss the fries with olive oil. You don’t need a lot, just enough to coat the fries. Lay them on a cookie sheet (placing aluminum foil on the sheet makes clean-up a little easier).
Step 4: Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Some people will tell you to put other spices on your sweet potato fries, but they are wrong. Sweet potatoes have the perfect flavor as is, covering them with other spices would be like touching up the Mona Lisa with spray paint.
Step 5: With the oven preheated to around 350 degrees, bake the fries for 15 minutes. Then, take them out and flip them them. Put them back in for another 10-15 minutes. Keep an eye on them, cause they have a tendency to go from perfect to burnt in only a few minutes. When they are done, the edges of the larger fries will be slightly browned and the kitchen will smell delicious.
Step 6: Eat.
Now, while you’re chowing down on some simple, healthy fries, check out Taterade. As best as we can tell, it’s an energy drink made from potatoes.