What a way to wake your tastebuds. I swear. Fries before lies!
Ok maybe I am being a leetle bit dramatic, but these fries are where it is at! Over the past couple of months, I have made sweet potato fries religiously during my weekly meal prep. They are so easy and, I think, for the amount of time you put into them, they are worth WAY more than the sum of their parts.
That is like all of my favorite things. Work hard(ly), play hard. That’s what the phrase is, right?
When I was a kid in the summer, my mom would take us to the community pool as a way to get us out of the house. And they had this snack bar where ALL I would want to order was cheese fries. You know what I am talking about. Crinkle cut freezer goodness smothered with a healthy dose of Velveeta. Yeah, I don’t know why exactly I wanted them either, but this was GOLDEN (literally and figuratively) food when I was growing up. I craved them so hard!
My mother knew what was good for me, so I never actually got them. Bless her.
So, in my quest to fuel my fry obsession (along with my Mediterranean obsession) I bring you these perfectly trashed up plate of fries! These are made with sweet potatoes, but feel free to use regular potatoes if that is more your style! And These guys are so hearty I often have them for lunch at the office. I pack the fries and the toppings separately and assemble them all together. And to all of those wondering, yes I do get stares for eating fries for lunch. But guys, these are baked and topped with Greek salad. And I swear that you will give yourself a pat on the back for eating them. They’re basically salad fries!
I can see the hope in your eyes! Now we’re talking!
And also, with the GIANTS IN THE PLAYOFFS (bless!) these fries are also awesome for your next football party. My dad, brother, and I have been watching copious amounts of football since I have been home and it is so freaking awesome to watch the rivalries play out. My brother is an Eagles fan and my dad and I are Giants fans. And while I am a devoted football fan, I also love (maybe more than the game) that football season means football EATS. These fries definitely will 1) fit the bill and 2) look fancy enough that it will have all of your guests talking. So yeah, sink your teeth into these bad boys and live out all of your football food fantasies.
Well, that was an alliteration if I ever did see one.
Yields 3-4 (as an app), 2 as a meal
15 minPrep Time
20 minCook Time
35 minTotal Time
- 3 large sweet potatoes, cut into ½ by 3 inch spears
- 2 tablespoons olive or avocado oil
- ¼ teaspoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 cup Greek yogurt (preferably whole milk)
- 1-2 Persian cucumbers,, finely chopped or grated
- 1-2 garlic cloves, grated
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- chopped romaine lettuce
- pickled red onion
- sliced cherry tomatoes
Preheat oven to 425 degrees fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment. In a large bowl toss sweet potatoes with just enough oil to coat, around two tablespoons. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and cumin. Spread sweet potatoes in single layer on prepared baking sheet, being sure not to overcrowd. Bake until sweet potatoes are tender and golden brown, turning occasionally, about 20 minutes. Allow to cool 5-10 minutes.
In a small bowl, mix together all of the ingredients. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
For each portion, layer sweet potato fries, tzatziki, romaine, tomatoes, chickpeas, pickles, and parsley. Feel free to top with whatever other toppings sound good/suit your FANCY (poached eggs sound good too! EAT
Fries before everything. That should be the new motto.