Sweet ‘Tater Fries & Spicy Sriracha Ketchup
Dearest fellow ‘tater enthusiasts,
I hear you. I see you. I am one of you. And yes–I’m here with a simply splendid spin on some sweet ‘taters guaranteed to please all the hungry mouths. The thing I like most about potatoes? They fit any food occasion. Breakfast? Hash-browns. Sweet potato covered in nut butter. Lunch and dinner? Baked. Fried. Boiled. Hashed. In soup. Raw….(okay, maybe not that one). Potluck? Potatoes. Bridal shower? Potatoes. Bachelor party? Manly potatoes. Baby shower? Lil baby potatoes.
Alright, I may be exaggerating slightly–but I do believe potatoes are a truly wonderful, versatile, crowd-pleasing food. Nutritionally speaking, potatoes are great sources of:
- Potassium (more than bananas, in fact)
- Vitamin C
- Fiber–if you eat them with the skin on (which can be especially delicious in this recipe!)
Sweet potatoes are also excellent sources of vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene.
- Nerdy nutrition side note: Beta-carotene is referred to as “provitamin A.” A provitamin is a substance found naturally in foods that the body can use to make a vitamin. Therefore, the beta-carotene from sweet potatoes is used to make the active form of vitamin A within the body. “Preformed vitamin A” can be found in meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy products, and requires no conversion/activation within the body. Neat…right?
Anywho, back to the recipe. It’s a very simple, healthy twist on the traditional “fries” that we all crave from time to time. While they may not be a complete substitute for their deliciously crispy, fried relatives, they’re definitely something that deserves a chance–especially if potatoes are a staple at your dinner table. Bone apple teeth!!
P.S. The biggest challenge? Trying not to eat them all on your own….(yeah, you beta [carotene] they’re that good).