So we are well into NHL and NBA playoff season, which means that pretty much every night there is an opportunity to get together with friends and watch a great hockey or basketball game (or both). It also means that there are plenty of opportunities to cook together and enjoy a meal in between moments of shouting at the tv.
My favorite hockey team, the Minnesota Wild, just so happens to be in the playoffs right now so I cooked dinner for my friends while we watched game 2. In coming up with the menu, I wanted to cook a variety of finger-foods that appealed to men and women, were packed full of flavor and that felt reminiscent of something that you could get at a sports arena. One of the items that I made was my interpretation of the classic and always favorite Sweet Potato Fries. I was so happy to serve this dish to people that I love!
I cut the sweet potatoes to the perfect thickness and then smothered them in a variety of flavorful spices and oil before baking them. The chopped parsley on the top doesn’t add too much flavor, but I thought the beautiful, bright green made the dish look so much more appealing.
In general, this is a great go-to dish to know how to make. Everyone loves them, it is super easy and can be appropriate for a variety of different occasions.
Grocery Shopping Tip: Make sure to buy the roundest, most symmetrical sweet potatoes in the bin because that will make it easier for you to cut into straight pieces and you’ll waste less of the potato.
What will you need? (For about 6 servings)
4 large, round sweet potatoes or yams, sliced into ½-inch matchsticks
¼ cup olive oil
2 tbsp curry powder
1 tbsp onion or garlic powder
1 tsp ground ginger
½ tsp ground white pepper
Kosher salt, pepper
¼ cup fresh chopped parsley
How do you make it?
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Get out a large, flat or rimmed baking sheet.
Cut your sweet potatoes into equal-sized matchsticks – about ½ inch thick.
In a large bowl, toss the sweet potatoes with the olive oil, curry powder, onion/garlic power, ground ginger and white pepper. Mix together to coat all of the potatoes evenly with the spice mixture.
Spread your potatoes out on the baking sheet and sprinkle some kosher salt and pepper on the top. Pop in the oven and bake for about 40 minutes, tossing the potatoes halfway through to get all sides equally crispy.
When you remove the sweet potatoes, put them into a cute serving piece.
Sprinkle the bright green chopped parsley on the top. I served them with a simple homemade dipping sauce – I just mixed some creamy Dijon mustard in with ketchup.
Make this for yourself, for family dinner, for a cookout or for a sports-watching party… I guarantee there won’t be leftovers!