I cannot believe we are leaving Bali next week! I keep having dreams about Berkeley and I already feel part of myself transitioning to that other life of ours. Even though we have another month of travel before we step foot in California, I feel in limbo. I am totally excited to see Bangkok, Greece, and Turkey, but after ten months on the road, I am also happy to be coming home.
I am putting together a few more posts from Indonesia to share with you in the coming weeks. These Sweet Potato Fries are the first...
As I have mentioned before, we are always trying to get creative about snacks for Otis and Lilah, who seem to be having continual growth spurts accompanied by insatiable appetites. A while back, our friend Johnny loaned us this little, light-weight box of an oven that rests on top of our two-burner stove. I thought you might get a kick out of this clever invention.
As you might imagine, we were thrilled to have an oven. We baked many batches of cookies and started regularly roasting veggies for supper. The temp gauge wasn't exactly accurate and some corners of the oven were way hotter than others, so we've had to be pretty flexible about the whole affair. But who cares - we had an oven!
Recently The Notorious Experiments posted gorgeous sweet potato fries, which totally inspired me. Then I saw more yummy fries at A Chow Life. I thought, why can't we make some of those here in Bali? Always a sucker for dishes using only 3 ingredients, I ended up doing a very simplified version of the fries. I hope you'll give coconut oil a try. It gives such a subtle sweetness that works beautifully with the sweet potatoes.
- a few tablespoons of coconut oil (or olive oil would work here)
- 2 large sweet potatoes
- plenty of sea salt
Preheat oven to 425-450 degrees.
Peel sweet potatoes and cut into french fry-style sticks. Place potato pieces in a bowl and toss with coconut oil and a few pinches of salt to coat.
Scatter fries on a baking sheet (I did some batches using tin foil to cover the baking sheet, but finally gave up on the foil finding it unnecessary.) Place fries in the hot oven. After about 7 or 8 minutes, remove fries and turn them over to insure even cooking on all sides. Bake for a total of 15-20 minutes (depending on thickness of fries) until potatoes are tender and cooked through.
Sprinkle with additional sea salt. Serve. Enjoy!
Okay. Some of my fries are a little burnt, but I am doing the best I can with this funky oven! Otis and Lilah didn't complain at bit.