By Seth Whipple
Eating healthy has always been a challenge for me. I’ve grown up eating out at a fast food joint nearly once every three days, as my parents were very busy people during my childhood. But now that’s all changing pretty fast; my significant other that I met a year ago loves to eat healthy and encourages cooking and healthy habits.
This leaves me with a big predicament: how do I eat healthy-ish and still enjoy the foods that I like to eat? Enter cheesy sweet potato fries. The reason that this dish is considered a healthy option is due to the sweet potatoes, which count as part of your daily serving of veggies. Sweet potatoes can be used as a substitute for regular potatoes in a variety of different recipes. That’s my S.O. and I decided to do to cheese fries.
We use real cheese, sweet potatoes (both minimally processed and fresh sweet potatoes), and a variety of spices to give them a little kick.
Cheesy Sweet Potato Fries
1 bag of frozen sweet potato fries or 2-3 fresh sweet potatoes, sliced into wedges
1-2 cup(s) of shredded Italian Blend Cheese or ¼ – ½ block of fresh Mozzerella, shredded
1/2 cup of Feta cheese, crumbled
½ teaspoon McCormick Cajun Spice mix
½ teaspoon Crushed red pepper
½ teaspoon of Chives
¼ teaspoon garlic salt
Optional: Salt and Pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 Degrees
- Place fries onto baking sheet. If using fresh sweet potatoes cut sweet potatoes into wedges or thin slices. For crunchier texture, fries should be no bigger than 2-3 coins stacked flat. For a bolder flavor, season with salt and pepper before baking.Tip: line the baking sheet with parchment paper or tin foil first to avoid having to scrape off burnt cheese.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes
- Once the fries are cooked to the desired level of crunchiness, remove them form the oven and sprinkle them generously with the cheeses. Then add the chives, Cajun spice, crushed red pepper and garlic salt.
- Put them back in the oven for 5-8 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Watch fries carefully.
- Once cheese is melted, remove the fries from the oven and let cool for 5-7 minutes.
Serve with BBQ sauce and Ketchup for dipping.
Seth Whipple is a journalism student at UAA. He is a filmmaker and loves capturing footage. He has won two filmmaking awards(both audience and judges’ choice) for two different films. He hopes to someday make a lasting effect on filmmaking history.
*City Kitchen is a series of recipe blog posts contributed by community members, including my food journalism class at UAA.