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Not Sweet Pan Fried Sweet Potatoes


As I mentioned in my previous post on Sweet Potato Oven Fries, you can make these fiber rich sweeties into a savory side dish with the use of some ordinary spices.
This recipe is serves 4 on average.

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Ingredients...

  • 4 cups Sweet Potatoes peeled and cut in small dice (I suggest cutting into 1/4" sticks first and then cutting the sticks into small cubes)
  • 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground Black Pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Dried Ground Cumin
  • 2 teaspoons Powdered or Granulated Garlic
Here's how you do it...
  1. Heat your skillet over medium.
  2. Add oil to the heated pan.
  3. Add the cubed sweet potatoes.
  4. Sprinkle on and toss with Salt, Pepper, Garlic, and Cumin
  5. Fry for 4-5 minutes until edges touching the pan start to brown.
  6. Toss again.
  7. Continue to fry and toss another 4-5 minutes until all sides are brown & crispy.
  8. Taste and adjust salt and pepper if necessary.
Alternate method that works great too...
  1. Pour the oil and spices over the cubed sweet potatoes and toss in a bowl. (You can do this way ahead of time and set aside until you're ready to cook)
  2. When the pan is heated simply pour the mix into the hot pan.
  3. Turn the heat down a notch so as to give the inside time to cook before the outside gets crispy.
  4. Toss every 2-3 minutes until all sides are golden and crisp.

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