Oven Sweet Potato Fries with Maple Mustard Dipping Sauce

November 11, 2011 • Alaska from Scratch, Appetizers & Snacks, Autumn, Recipes, Seasons

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Thank you for all of your comments and food suggestions on my recent giveaway. Your ideas are an inspiration to me. It’s great to hear what kinds of foods you’d be interested in seeing and making in your homes. Although I can’t promise I’ll be able to get to all of them, I do hope to make many of them either now or in the future. This is one of them…

When we lived in Prescott, Arizona (a beautiful place with amazing people; both of our sons were born there; you should visit), there was a restaurant downtown that served sweet potato fries with honey-mustard dipping sauce. We ordered them every time we ate there. That restaurant closed long ago, but the food memory remains. I stack every other sweet potato fry with dipping sauce up to those. Ketchup with sweet potato fries just doesn’t cut it for me.  And, after you try this, I suspect ketchup won’t cut it for you, either. These are great as a side for lunch or dinner… and I got to thinking that they’d even be great for breakfast with a fried egg.

Oven Sweet Potato Fries with Maple Mustard Dipping Sauce

  • For Oven Fries:
  • 1 large yam or sweet potato, I used yam (at least 1lb)
  • 1T extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt
  • pepper
  • For Dipping Sauce:
  • 1T dijon mustard
  • 1T mayonaise
  • 2t pure maple syrup
  • pinch of cayenne pepper (if you like a little kick)

Preheat oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.

Peel yam. Cut potato in half down the middle, then into quarters length-wise. Cut each quarter into long, thin strips, trying to keep the fries similar in size for even cooking.

Throw all your yam strips into a bowl, drizzle with olive oil, then sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Toss to coat.

When fries are evenly coated, place in rows on baking sheet, giving them space so that they're not touching one another.

Bake in oven for 10 minutes. Carefully turn the fries over. Fries should be turning brown and caramelized. The thin edges will be darker. Bake another 10 minutes. Check for doneness (this will depend on your oven). The fries should be evenly colored on both sides with crispy edges. A little bit of black crunchiness is good, but the whole fry should not be burnt. Mine ended up needing 5 more minutes, for a total of 25 minutes. Fries should be tender inside with crispy edges.

Remove from oven and allow to cool a few minutes. Serve with dipping sauce.

!To Make Dipping Sauce:

In a small bowl, mix mustard, mayonnaise, syrup, and cayenne pepper until smooth. Serve.