Sweet Potato Fries with Maple Dijon Glaze Recipe
Few things bring people together in harmony more than sharing a meal together, so why not celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by preparing one of his favorite foods – sweet potatoes – in his honor? Try these delicious maple Dijon glazed fries made from the nutritionally superior Garnet sweet potato (which have come to be called by the misnomer, “yams” – more on that here) and you can also stay true to your healthy eating resolutions. These salty-sweet “fries” are sure to satisfy everyone at your table. We think Dr. King would approve.
- 4 medium to large dark red sweet potatoes (often called Garnet or Jewel yams)
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup whole grain Dijon mustard
- 2-3 Tbsp fresh herbs (sage, rosemary, and thyme are best; but any combo works)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 425º F.
- Wash garnet yams well under cold water and remove the pointy ends. Slice the yams into long thin strips about 1/4 inch thick. The best way to do this is to slice them into 1/4 inch thick “planks” first and then stack up two or three planks to cut into strips.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, olive oil, mustard, herbs, and seasonings.
- Toss yam strips with glaze and spread out evenly onto a baking sheet. Be sure not to crowd them as they will steam and turn mushy. If you need to use two baking sheets then do so, because nobody likes soggy fries!
- Bake for 10–12 minutes or until lightly browned. Some smaller pieces may brown or blacken a bit at the edges, but this is fine. They will taste wonderful!