Almond Sesame Crusted Sweet Potato Fries

IMG_8329

There are certain foods that you simply cannot get enough of, no matter how much or how often you eat them. Chocolate, avocado, and sweet potatoes are my big three. Chocolate is the pretty obvious one because, apparently, every female is essentially addicted to the stuff. I remember one night in particular, having bought a few new bars of chocolate to sample, going just a bit overboard, to the point that I felt nauseous. There’s no way I’ll be eating any chocolate for a week,” I naively told myself. Of course, I was back for more samples the following day. Bad memory? Maybe. Or maybe I just really like chocolate.

Avocados, clearly, are also on the list. I mostly eat them smashed up in a bowl as a condiment, but they’re so easy to use in such a great variety of dishes, so I tend to stock up (more on that in another post). It’s easy to forget you’re eating avocados when they’re blended into smoothies, whipped up into dark chocolate mousse, or even added to cookie batter.

IMG_8383

Another food I’ve been known to overdose on is sweet potatoes, though not to the point that I’ve felt sick. It’s just that I can down more sweet potatoes in one sitting than any of my friends have ever witnessed. Well actually, they are always astounded at the amount of veggies that I can load onto a dinner plate, but it’s usually the sweet potatoes that take the starring role. Sometimes, I even throw in a Japanese sweet potato to change things up. Most of the time, I simply bake the sweet potatoes whole, or chop them up and roast them if I’m short on time. Justin, however, has recently decided that he does, in fact, like sweet potatoes, despite his inability to stomach the texture for the past five years. He specifically likes sweet potato fries, and that’s where these almond sesame crusted sweet potato fries came in.

Though sweet potatoes are perfectly wonderful on their own, I like to throw a little extra texture in to keep things interesting. It’s not often that I use almond flour, but this seemed the perfect place for it, along with some sesame seeds for extra crunch, and the requisite salt, because a fry is not a fry without salt. I’ve experimented with several different spice combinations, but this is the base recipe.

IMG_8343

Almond Sesame Crusted Sweet Potato Fries

Ingredients

  • 1 large sweet potato (about 1 pound)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons almond meal
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large zip lock bag and shake until fries are well coated.
  3. Spread fries into an even layer on prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes, then flip and bake for another 10-15 minutes, depending on how crispy you like your fries.
http://wholepurerecipes.com/2013/06/03/almond-sesame-crusted-sweet-potato-fries/

IMG_8395

Are you a sweet potato lover or hater? What about all of the other lovely root vegetables? What’s your favorite way to prepare them. I’m particularly partial to beets, as well. It’s a major plus that they dye everything around them such a lovely shade of pink.

Comments

    • Jodye says

      Youre’ a girl after my own heart – sweet potatoes, banana bread, chocolate – great minds think alike when it comes to food!

  1. says

    These look heavenly – I love the addition of sesame seeds for that bit of added crunch! And I’m totally with you on the “foods you can’t get enough of thing.” Mine list includes sweet potatoes and avocados, too! (Oh, and pasta… I can never have enough pasta.)

    • Jodye says

      I’ve been adding sesame seeds to everything lately, especially toasted. They’re so good!Yes, avocado and sweet potatoes every day. My boyfriend would have pasta on his list, too. It’s hard to keep the pantry stocked!

  2. says

    I can’t even imagine a sweet potato hater could exist! Especially if you fed them some of these fries, I’m sure they would see the error of their ways. They look incredible!

    • Jodye says

      My boyfriend actually was a sweet potato hater until I made him something similar to these, so it did work! I hope you try them!

  3. says

    Baked sweet potato fries are my favorite way to eat these delicious veggies too, and sometimes I will bake them in the oven and then mash them up with some coconut milk and maple syrup for a delicious side dish.
    I love the idea of coating the fries with sesame seeds and almond meal. They look delicious.

    • Jodye says

      I’m going to have to try the mash with coconut milk and maple syrup. Sounds like dessert to me!

  4. says

    I can pretty much eat my weight in sweet potatoes also, so I totally understand! I definitely don’t make sweet potato fries enough though…I need to get this topping blend into my life!

    • Jodye says

      Yes you do, the blend is good sprinkled over all sorts of things, but sweet potatoes are definitely my top choice

  5. says

    Wow, those look awesome! I’ve made just plain ol’ sweet potato fries before, now I’ll have to make them with a crust – they look so crispy! :-)

    • Jodye says

      My biggest qualm with sweet potato fries is that they are never crispy enough, but the sesame seeds solved that problem!

    • Jodye says

      Please do try them, I’m sure you’ll be eating a lot more sweet potato fries once you do!

    • Jodye says

      Funny enough, I’ve made chocolate sweet potato pudding before, and it worked surprisingly well!

Leave a Reply