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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Sweet Potato Home Fries


From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...The menu for our Thanksgiving feast is falling into place. I had great plans for a meal of lamb or salmon, but their cost proved to be unconscionable for the number of people we'll be feeding. If you don't believe me, ask the Silver Fox who, on hearing quotes from the fish monger and butcher, put on a performance worthy of an Academy Award. We are going to have beef tenderloin this weekend and turkey or chicken had already been ruled out, so, with lamb or fish no longer in play, only pork or tofu remained as options for our main course. The Silver Fox is a committed carnivore, so the only true choice was pork. Backed into that corner, I thought an herbed pork loin that had been brined in cider would be perfect for our holiday feast. With that decided, I could move on to the other elements of our dinner. I thought these sweet potato home fries would be a nice addition to our unconventional feast. I love their color and the surprising sweet-savory flavor they pick up as they roast with the garlic. They have the added virtue of being easy to make and can be assembled hours before roasting. I really think you'll like these and hope you'll give them a try. Here's the recipe.

Sweet Potato Home Fries
...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Mark Bittman

Ingredients:
4 pounds sweet potatoes (about 3 or 4 large potatoes), peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 cup chopped parsley leaves

Directions:
1) Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt water and add potatoes, cooking until barely tender, about 5 minutes. Do not overcook. Drain and plunge into a bowl filled with ice water to stop cooking. When cool, drain again.
2) Toss potatoes with olive oil and garlic. Turn them into a roasting pan large enough to hold them in a single layer.
3) Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. Roast potatoes, tossing them occasionally, until tender and lightly browned, 15 to 20 minutes. Toss with parsley, salt and pepper, and serve. Yield: 8 to 10 servings.










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48 comments:

Dzoli said...

Yes roasted sweet potato is surely yummy.I also had a peak at your Indian meal from long ago.Looks delicious too;)

Ginny said...

This is the first I have seen sweet potato home fries. We tried the Alexa sweet potato fries and didn't like them, maybe these would be good. I LOVE regular home fries!

Alessandra said...

What a good idea to make fries with sweet potatoes, and with the addition of herbs. Really the prices are so high for meat and fish where you live? and how many people are you feeding?

Ciao
Alessandra

Red Nomad OZ said...

Sensational colour! I LOOOOOVE sweet potato - this will make a perfect Xmas dish as well! But only if it's not 105 degrees F in the shade ...

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

The pork loin sounds amazing and the sweet potatoes are beautiful! No turkey at all?:@)

Becki's Whole Life said...

These look wonderful and very healthy as a side dish...I love sweet potatoes. I think your pork roast sounds wonderful and very fall-like. I brined a pork roast a while back and it was amazingly moist and flavorful.

lauren@spicedplate said...

when I first saw the post title, I thought it said "home sweet home fries" haha regardless, these look so delicious! Sweet potatoes are my favorite - so vibrant colorful and flavorful!

DH said...

These sound yummy as does the pork loin! Will you post that recipe too PLEASE?

Priya said...

Super catchy fries, yum yum..

Sue/the view from great island said...

Set a place at the table for me!!

Francesca said...

Oh, they look delicious. I used to eat sweet potatoes all the time while growing up in New York. Here in Rome we can now find sweet potatoes but they are not really sweet like the ones in the States, but ... better than nothing. You have some great recipes, I'm following you immediately. Regards from a Sicilian in Rome!

Debbie said...

These look delicious. Reminds me of a recipe my mother in law used to make and it was sooo good!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

I think you made a good choice with the herbed pork loin. That's always a favorite here. And with Mark Bittman's sweet potato home fries, you've got a great combination.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Oh, Mary, you are in my backyard now. LOL! We roast sweet potatoes right alongside pork roast very frequently... stuff that pork loin, wrap it in a bacon blanket... spread the sweet potatoes around.... ah, heavenly. My Little Man does love him some, "perk." ;) I'd love to be sitting at your Thanksgiving table. It is sounding so yummy. blessings ~ tanna

Pegasuslegend said...

nothing better than sweet potatoes with pork fat rules now so do sweet potato home fries too!

Spiral Style said...

Hello Mary, I've been enjoying your blog this morning. The sweet potato recipe looks easy and delicious. I love the flavors of sweet potatoes with pork. No one will miss the turkey.
Thanks for the kind words you left at Spiral Style.
Best,
Deborah

Foodycat said...

This is such a good way of cooking sweet potatoes! I think your thanksgiving feast is going to be delicious.

highplainsdrifters said...

Wondering ... did you try these without the ice bath? If the oven is preheated, and you go right from the stove top to the hot oven, doesn't seem like stopping the cooking is really needed. But maybe that's how you get a fully cooked and crunchy on the outside fry? Just wondering ... been on a bit of a science-in-the-kitchen kick lately ... just wanted to make sure I understood the whys and wherefors.

Patti said...

Oh, this is a definite must-try recipe. I am going to pin in to my pinterest page.

Thank you for sharing,
Patti

Pondside said...

These look delicious - very pretty as an addition to a holiday table. I'm always looking for different ways to serve Sweet Potatoes and Yams and will try this one.

June said...

Gosh Mary - isn't it true about food costs these days. We looked at goose over the weekend thinking it would be a nice change and they wanted $62.00 for little iddy biddy frozen thing that wouldn't feed 6 people. I was mortified!

Sofia.Lopez said...

Hello Mary,
This sweet potatos looks amazing...I've got to try them :)
Have a nice day!
Big kiss for you

Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen said...

Hi Mary, sweet potato fries sound really lovely the way you've cooked them with garlic and parsley. Yum!

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

Easy to prepare ahead of time and put in the oven at the last minute. And I think so much better tasting than the sweet potatoes that most people serve with marshmallows.

Clint said...

Cindy'll love this one!

France@beyondthepeel said...

I served pork for the last american thanks giving I hosted. It was delicious. Roasted with prunes and apples simmered in a red wine sauce and a little thyme. Perfect for yams too!

Vicki Bensinger said...

You're the third person today that's posted on sweet potato fries. I love these and would welcome them at my Thanksgiving table this year. I'm just afraid everyone would be angry that I didn't make the SP casserole.

Yours look yummy and your photo is so vivid. I may have to see if I can convince everyone to go this route on Thanksgiving.

Thank you for sharing your version.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

What a great splash of color for the holiday table! Long live the sweet potato!

That Girl said...

We're doing a pork loin for dinner tomorrow night! But with succotash instead of sweet potatoes. We're doing sweet potatoes tonight.

Alicia said...

Mmmmm, these look delicious. I love dishes that are sweet & savory. Unfortunately my family has to have sweet separate from savory...I know...I don't get it either!

But I know I would love these!

forever growing said...

Hi Mary, I just saw your comment Squash Blossom Farm New Hampshire, I am following your blog Forever Growing. Sweet Potato Home Fries. My 11 year old and I eat only sweet potatoes, white once in a while. But I have never been able to make homefries with them. They end up as mashed everytime! Maybe I cook the potato that one second to long.. But being Italian I am an el dente all the way! Nice to meet you Mary..

Joanne said...

Your thanksgiving sounds like so much fun! I love the idea of sweet potato homefries...way better than regular potato if you ask me!

Juliana said...

Love the idea of boiling the potatoes first, so they do not turn dry...looks delicious with the garlic and parley...beautiful picture Mary.
Hope you are having a wonderful week :-)

Kim said...

I love sweet potatoes! Yummy!

teresa said...

i am absolutely in love with sweet potatoes, i can't wait to try this!

Baking Serendipity said...

Looks delicious! I wanted to let you know that you won my greeting card giveaway! If you could please e-mail me, I'll get the code to you :) sarah@bakingserendipity.com

Amalia said...

I just showed my mom this recipe and I think we're going to try it out for our Thanksgiving dinner! It's so simple and easy I love it! Thanks for sharing :)

Au and Target said...

Looks lovely. Nice rich colours too. If I ever get to the US for a holiday again, I'll be begging to come over for a snack :-)

Ann said...

Oh, my! These look absolutely amazing! I've made sweet potato hash with a ton of butter and since my health requires less fat in my diet....it never occurred to me to re-vamp them!

...I don't know why - I've revamped just about everything else!

Thank you, thank you!

Ann said...

this looks so delicious, I grew up eating plain boil sweet potatoes.

Rambling Tart said...

I can't wait to try these delicious looking morsels, Mary. :-) I am a potato addict in every possible variety. Now and then I've tried sweet potato versions, but this is the best looking one I've seen. :-)

Choclette said...

Goodness Mary, how many people are you going to be feeding? Whatever you do, I know it will be a truly gorgeous feast. The sweet potatoes sound delicious, but what I really like is the colour they bring to the table.

Trix said...

I think your Thanksgiving feast sounds amazing - and I love a savory sweet potato dish like this.

bellini said...

I can never resist sweet potato fries Mary!

Jenn said...

Why wait for Thanksgiving? I could so make these this weekend with our eggs and toast! YUM!

Claudia said...

Sounds holiday/seasonal perfect. I am not a sweet potato fan - but husband loves them and this is a nice change from the sweet potato wedges I always serve him!

Eileen said...

These sound great. I love sweet potatoes. :)

tender b. said...

An interesting take on an old classic. I like it.

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