As I was hanging out on facebook one afternoon, I received an urgent SOS message from a friend in Europe. I loved that she knew she could ask me her emergency foodie question! We’ll call my friend Helena, and here’s how the conversation went:
Helena: I bought a sweet potato and don’t know what to do with it!
Helena: No, I wanna make chips. In the oven. I mean the ones you make sometimes.
Marian: Oohhhh….. British chips! [French fries]. I’ve been in the States too long. 😉
Yes, yes! I make my sweet potato chips/french fries in the oven. 🙂 Heat your oven to about 200 degrees Celsius (400° F). Wash the potato well. You can peel it if you want or leave the skins on. I’m lazy and usually leave the skins on unless there are lots of spots that need to be cut out.
Marian: Cut the potato into “chips”. Toss the chips with some olive oil (about one spoonful).
Marian: Completely. I have no doubt you can make awesome sweet potato chips. I like them with ketchup, but that’s probably because I’m American.
Marian: Spread them out onto a baking sheet, like you would use for cookies. Sprinkle whatever seasonings you want on top. Here’s some combination suggestions:
1. Garlic, salt, pepper, chili powder
2. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamon, salt, a little sugar
3. Cinnamon, curry powder, cumin
4. Salt and pepper
Helena: Okay that sounds doable.
Helena: Oh nonono. No chips without ketchup. I like salt and vinegar. But I always miss the ketchup when I’m in Northern Ireland.
Sweet potato “chips” aka french fries are one of my favorite foods ever. I actually made them recently out of a giant sweet potato from a CSA share. One sweet potato made enough fries for three of us!
Sweet Potato Chips/Fries
- Sweet potatoes
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Other spices as desired