Saturday, October 25, 2014

Sweet Potato Garlic Fries with Scallions and Smoked Paprika

For those of you that don't know, we live in Central California, so naturally we're Giants fans. That said, we're also big fans of San Francisco garlic fries, the must-have fare at AT&T Park. I had the privilege of attending an actual Giants game there years ago and I absolutely fell in love with those amazing fries at the time. Seth and I have also made our own at home to have during the World Series for years alongside a hot dog or two. However, this year, we were interested in figuring out how we could make a lower calorie version to help us maintain our weight loss. 

This sweet potato version is what we came up with and they were absolutely delicious. Plenty of seasoning, fresh chopped garlic, and a few fresh scallions really took these to the next level. Feel free to try them yourself while you're enjoying the last couple of games of the World Series or any time, for that matter. I would absolutely eat these again alongside hamburgers, hot dogs, or sandwiches in a heartbeat. You'll need:
  • 8-10 medium-sized sweet potatoes 
  • 8-10 cloves of fresh, peeled garlic
  • 5-6 fresh green scallions
  • Cooking spray
  • Salt and pepper
  • Smoked paprika

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees while you cut your sweet potatoes into fries or wedges. Finely chop both the garlic and the scallions and set aside. Spray a standard size baking sheet liberally with cooking spray and arrange the sweet potatoes evenly on top of it. Spray the sweet potatoes with the cooking spray as well and season generously with the salt, pepper, and paprika. 

Bake until crisp and cooked through, turning the fries over halfway through cooking so they're crispy all over. You may or may not want to add more seasoning and/or cooking spray when you take the fries out to turn them, but I usually will. Sprinkle garlic and scallions over the top of the fries and continue baking for an additional 5-10 minutes or until toppings are done to your liking. Some people prefer their garlic almost raw, while others would rather it cook a big. It's up to you.

As I touched on above, these go fantastically with anything you'd normally serve with fries, including hot dogs, hamburgers, or grilled meats. They're also awesome sprinkled with a little Parmesan cheese and/or dipped in some Sriracha. Enjoy!
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