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Sweet Potato Oven Fries with Curried Yogurt Dipping Sauce


It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems with just potatoes.” -Douglas Adams, British author, satirist, and mastermind of the incredible “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Most women are addicted to chocolate.  This is not a secret or a surprise.  I, however, am addicted to french fries.  Chocolate is very nice, of course, but I won’t devour a plate of it in a single inhalation like I will a plate of good fries.  My sister thinks this is insane and wonders how we could possibly be related, but then…..we can both quote pretty much every single line from “Aliens“, so it’s pretty obvious that we are.

A french fry addiction is not so good for the waistline, so if I’m going to keep this up, I’ve got no choice but to get clever with the cooking methods once in a while.  I dreamed up this recipe last year to go with a pork roast dinner for my boyfriend and I.  He said this was his favorite thing I had ever made for him, and has been asking for them ever since.  Well, my handsome prince, this one’s for you.

I love this recipe too, and consider it one of my best triumphs. It’s simple to do, the presentation is wonderfully rustic and appetizing, and the flavors are complex and delicious.  The curry flavor is perfect against the light sweetness of the sweet potatoes, and because the dipping sauce is mostly yogurt with just a bit of mayonnaise, it doesn’t feel heavy at all.  And the sprinkling of fleur del sel and chopped cilantro at the end completely makes it.  Yay for kitchen victories!


Sweet Potato Oven Fries:

2 large sweet potatoes, washed, peeled, and cut lengthwise into 1/8 wedges

3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup cilantro leaves, washed, dried, and chopped fine

Fleur de sel

Curried Yogurt Dipping Sauce:

1/4 cup mayonnaise (full-fat is best, low-fat will work fine, non-fat will not!)

1/2 cup plain yogurt (again, full-fat yay!  low-fat yes!  non-fat NO!)

Juice from 1/2 lemon

1 tbsp honey

1 1/2 tbsp curry powder

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


Sweet Potato Oven Fries:

1.  Preheat oven to 425º F.  Line a half-sheet pan with foil and place in hot oven for at least 5 minutes to get hot.

2.  Using clean hands, toss sweet potato wedges with extra virgin olive oil, kosher salt, and freshly ground pepper until all surfaces are coated evenly.

3.  Remove hot sheet pan from oven, and arrange coated sweet potato wedges in a single layer.  Place sheet pan back in the oven and roast for about 25-30 minutes.  About half-way through roasting time, flip the wedges onto the other side so that they brown evenly.  Sweet potato wedges are ready when all sides are evenly browned and slightly crispy on the outside.

4.  While oven fries are hot, sprinkle with a few flakes of fleur de sel and the chopped cilantro.  Transfer to a serving dish.  (NOTE:  I used a parchment paper cone for serving, which looked lovely if I do say so myself!)

Curried Yogurt Dipping Sauce:

1.  In a workbowl, mix together mayonnaise, yogurt, lemon juice, honey, and curry powder with a fork.  Make sure there are no lumps and everything is incorporated evenly.  Season to taste with salt and pepper, transfer to a serving bowl, and serve alongside the sweet potato oven fries.

Yield: 2 servings of a healthy, wonderfully flavorful and colorful alternative to ordinary french fries.

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  1. Hillary

    Just had sweet potato fries last night. I told myself I was swearing off fries for 2 months (to lose weight) but somehow, baked sweet potato fries are an exception :)

    Aug 11, 2009 @ 3:47 pm

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    Aug 12, 2009 @ 7:34 am

  3. Mark

    Hi, how did you make the cones? Tape them? I guess I’m asking how the it stay a cone.

    thanks, Mark

    Aug 28, 2009 @ 1:46 am

  4. Eli

    These look AMAZING!

    Aug 28, 2009 @ 12:30 pm

  5. admin

    @Mark: We learned a method for making pastry cones in my class at FCI. I’ve found a nice short video that demonstrates it well. No tape involved! Good luck!

    Aug 28, 2009 @ 4:44 pm

  6. Nina

    Add some chilled boiled shrimp on the side, and this become an appetizer or light bite! The mayo works on the shrimp, too!

    Sep 11, 2009 @ 11:45 am

  7. Laurie@MyDomicileStyle

    I love making baked sweet potato fries, but the cilantro and curry dipping sauce are a nice twist. I am planning to make these tonight, with baked panko crusted drumsticks. Yum!

    Oct 06, 2009 @ 5:53 pm

  8. Halley

    Just came to your site and I must say this recipe has me hooked – love sweet fries and the curry dip sounds perfect. Nicely done. :)

    May 28, 2010 @ 3:33 am