Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Creamy Garlic Dipping Sauce

Here is one of my favorite side dishes. I created them after having a deep-fried version at the local Renaissance Festival. Instead of breaded and fried, these "fries" are baked. They are good with or without the creamy garlic dip. A Thai peanut sauce would go well with these for someone of the vegan persuasion.

The dipping sauce is a tart, cool contrast to the sweet potato. My original recipe used sour cream as a base, but this last time I subbed in plain yogurt in an effort to cut down on the calories. Honestly, I couldn't tell the difference; hence the final recipe is made with non-fat plain yogurt. This sauce is also very good on fish and chicken. I've dipped both proteins in it before baking with rave reviews.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

2 medium-sized sweet potatoes
1 tbp rice (or white) vinegar
2 tbs light olive oil
1 tsp fresh thyme, very finely minced
1 tsp fresh basil, very finely minced
2 tsp fresh parsley, very finely minced
1 tsp cumin
salt/pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Slice potatoes into strips about 1/4" around. In a large bowl whisk oil, herbs, and cumin together. Toss potato strips with oil mixture until thoroughly coated.

Arrange evenly on baking sheet, not touching. Bake 15 minutes, flip, and bake another 18-20 minutes (or under caramel brown and crisp on the outside).

Remove from the oven and salt/pepper to taste. Makes 6 servings.

Creamy Garlic Dipping Sauce

1 c low fat plain yogurt
3 tbs mayo
1 tbs horseradish
1 tbs balsamic vinegar
2 tbs light or extra virgin olive oil
2 clove garlic, very finely minced
3 tbs parsley, very finely minced
salt/pepper to taste

Whisk together all ingredients until well-combined. Refrigerate at least an hour before serving. Serve chilled. Makes 1 1/2 cups.


  1. Mmm, sweet potatoes. With soy yogurt & mayo and a touch of garlic, I bet I'd like that sauce too.

  2. Blanc Burgers and Bottles in WP makes a sweet potato fry and serves it with a similar sauce...... maybe a little 'chipotle' in it..... anyway guess that means your culinary intuition is right on.... sigh................ i have admittedly had a lifelong AVERSION on a cellular level to the sweet potato so trying recipes with it has been hard.......... a friend of mine last winter introduced me to a weird sort of stir fry scramble with rosemary, yellow and sweet potatoes..... i was TOTALLY weirded out---but it turned out quite delightful..................... thus, opening my mind to the sweet potato fry.......... do your girls eat them?? the recipe sounds interesting............. will have to try.................. a votre sante!

  3. Oooh, I can see adjusting the spices on the fries for a more southwest flavor as being really good, too! That stir-fry sounds amazing, Lisa.... My kids do eat the sweet potatos, though Kiara isn't thrilled by them (she likes them mashed or made into chips).

    Amber, I didn't even think of soy yogurt--fantastic idea! :) I'm so glad you throw these ideas into my comments....gives me more ideas....

  4. I love sweet potato fries! They're so sweett. The other day, my family tried out parsnip fries, and these are actually the BEST fries i've had in my life. Besides carrot fries.