Homemade sweet potato fries are the best. They are easy to make and a great side dish in a weeknight meal. I usually toss together sliced sweet potatoes with a bit of olive oil, salt, and garlic (of course), but I wanted to try a new flavor combination this week. Here was my latest creation:
These fries are flavored with two types of Japanese spices and seasonings. To give the fries some sweet flavor, I added furikake, a rice seasoning made with bits of seaweed and toasted sesame seeds. If you haven’t flavored cooked rice with furikake before, you must give it a try. I can usually find a small jar of furikake in Asian supermarkets for $2 to $3. I also wanted to give the fries a spicy kick, so I sprinkled a pinch of shichimi togarashi, a hot pepper mix that you can usually find in Japanese restaurants.
The fries tasted amazing! I don’t know why it took me so long to flavor them with these ingredients. Give them a try this weekend!
- 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced
- 1 TBS olive oil
- 1 pinch sea salt
- 1 TBS furikake (Japanese rice seasoning)
- 1/2 tsp shichimi togarashi (Japanese hot pepper mix)
- Preheat oven to 375º F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix the sliced sweet potatoes, olive oil, and salt together.
- Bake the fries for about 25-30 minutes.
- Remove the fries from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. Sprinkle the furikake and shichimi togarashi on top of the fries.
Ingredients in shichimi togarashi: red pepper, roasted orange peel, black sesame seeds, yellow sesame seeds, Japanese pepper, seaweed, ginger [brand used: House Foods]