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Cinnamon Sugar Sweet Potato Fries with Caramel Dipping Sauce

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Cinnamon Sugar Sweet Potato Fries with Caramel Dipping Sauce

I’ve been into simplifying my recipes lately - the less ingredients and time it takes, the better! Fortunately, my options thus far, which have included salmon patties and stuffed mushrooms, have been quite the hit with my family and friends. Sometimes, less really is more!

Recently, Nick and I ate at a local restaurant that offers sweet potato fries with caramel sauce. I instantly fell in love with them and literally could not stop thinking about how delicious the fries were! When we went to another restaurant weeks later, I was excited to see they had sweet potato fries, but supremely let down when the waitress informed me they didn’t have caramel sauce to go with them. “We have… uhhhh… some maple syrup you could dip them in,” she said, much to our disappointment. Maple syrup, while an alright alternative to the caramel sauce, didn’t hit the spot in quite the same way I had hoped.

Finally, I found the opportunity to make the fries for myself, and introduced the amazingness that are sweet potato fries and caramel sauce to my family, who had never even heard of such a thing. I think I’ve converted at least my mother to come to the sweet side. Sprinkled in cinnamon sugar and drizzled in a caramel honey sauce, my family will never look at sweet potato fries the same way again.

I started by having my mother skin the sweet potatoes (because I hate that part), then I cut them all into long, thin strips. Then, using a large bowl, I tossed the fries gently in olive oil and cinnamon sugar. I added a pinch of cayenne pepper to the mix too, just to spice things up a bit.

Next, arrange the fries in a single layer on a baking sheet and cook for 30 minutes, or until the fries are beginning to brown and turn crispy, flipping half way through. If there is one thing sweet potato fries are good at, it’s burning, so keep a close eye on them for the last 10 or 15 minutes to avoid any burnt mishaps.

After you’ve flipped the fries once, it’s time to start the caramel sauce. I wanted to make the caramel sauce as close to the original as I could, so I wanted to make sure the caramel didn’t get too thick while cooking. Add the brown sugar and butter to a sauce pan. Stir constantly until the butter is melted and all of the brown sugar is ‘wet’ with the butter. Next stir in the honey.

Then add in the evaporated milk and stir until the sauce is smooth. I then reduced the heat to the lowest setting on the stove and let the sauce rest and thicken a little while the sweet potato fries continued cooking.

When the fries are done, sprinkle with a little additional cinnamon and sugar, and serve right away! I served mine alongside a simple salmon burger that left both of my parents raving.

Both the salmon burger AND the sweet potato fries have been added to my all time favorite (and simplest) recipes I have ever made!

Categories: Side Dish

Tags: Sweet Potato , Fries , Caramel

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Cinnamon Sugar Sweet Potato Fries with Caramel Dipping Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Makes 3-4 servings

Ingredients:

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  • 5-6 small sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup white sugar + more for sprinkling
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon + more for sprinkling
  • 1/2 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Here's How:

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  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Wash and skin the sweet potatoes with a potato peeler then cut into thin, even sized strips with a sharp knife.
  2. Using a large bowl, toss the sweet potato strips in the olive oil until completely coated. Sprinkle on the sugar, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper.
  3. Arrange the sweet potatoes on a greased baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 15 minutes, flip, then bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are browning and crispy.
  4. After flipping the fries, start the caramel sauce by melting the butter along with the brown sugar in a sauce pan over medium low heat. Add in the honey and stir constantly to prevent burning. Slowly add the evaporated milk, and stir until the sauce is thick and smooth. Let rest on the stove on the lowest (or ‘warm’) setting until the fries are ready, stirring occasionally.
  5. Remove the sweet potato fries from the oven and serve right away alongside the caramel sauce. Enjoy!

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