In the past, whenever I’d make sweet potato fries, I’d make the frozen, pre-cut kind which never turned out quite as good. The reason I did it this way was simple – I didn’t have a sharp knife. Cutting the potato into fry-like shapes was more of a pain than it was worth. So my fries were freezer burned and soggy all the time.
When we got married, one of the things that we registered for was a very sharp knife and I’m so glad that we did. Seriously, having a good knife has made a huge difference in my kitchen.
Sweet Potato Fries that a non-sweet potato liking husband will like
1 large sweet potato, cut into fry shapes
1 tbsp olive oil
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
¼ tsp cumin
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
¼ tsp thyme
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Cut potato into fry-like shapes.
Coat fries with oil and spices.
Put fries onto parchment paper covered cookie sheet.
Bake for 15 minutes and then flip. Bake for 15 more minutes.
When we registered for wedding gifts, I went a little crazy in the kitchen department. Our friends and family were generous enough to get us a lot of what was on the registry. Some of which we use, like the knife, and some of which we don’t. I was thinking about the top three things we use the most and came up with this:
1. The knife. Obviously.
2. Fiestaware in pretty colors. Eating off nice, bright plates makes me happy.
3. Zojirushi rice cooker. I know that a $150 rice cooker (and this is the smaller size) is a bit ridiculous but I use it all the time. I’m actually using it right now for oatmeal. I also use it for rice, quinoa, lentils, millet, basically anything that has to be cooked in water.
And what we don’t use?
You can guess who added that to the registry! We used it once for a party. (In his defense, he also was the one that picked out the knife!)