Homemade Sweet Potato Fries #2: sprinkled with feta and drizzled with balsamic

I mentioned yesterday that I found TWO versions of Sweet Potato Fries that I really like for the Super Bowl Party food table. This is the second recipe. Actually, my husband found this and created a large platter of really delicious sweet potato fries.

Sweet POtato Fries

First, a word about what does NOT seem to work when it comes to Sweet Potato Fries….cornstarch. I’ve found several recipes that call for coating the sweet potato strips with cornstarch to help them crisp up. I’ve tried it and for ME, it does not work. Maybe there are different grades of cornstarch or maybe I’m just doing it wrong.

Most recipes suggest soaking the strips of sweet potatoes in cold water for 10 to 60 minutes. I’ve experimented with this and soaking them in water does seem to help the overall effect. I also experimented with soaking the sweet potato strips in salt water and liked the results of that even better.

I tried a light coating of cornstarch on the strips and they LOOK better and even feel a little crispier when I pick one up. When I bite into one, however, YUCK. The cornstarch coats my tongue and my teeth and all the way down my throat. So I am NOT recommending the cornstarch method at all. Of course I might be doing something wrong, so go ahead and experiment with it yourself. If you can get a good result, I would LOVE to hear how you did it.

Simple Homemade Sweet Potato Fries with feta and balsamic drizzle

  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into long thin strips
  • olive oil
  • 3/4 c. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 2 t. of cornstarch stirred into 2 t. of water
  • 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled

Preheat the oven to 425°.

Prepare your sweet potatoes for baking by soaking them in cold water for 10-20 minutes. Pat them thoroughly dry before baking.

slice sweet potatoes into long strips to make fries-1Sliced sweet potatoes for fries, soaked and patted dry

Coat a baking rack with olive oil and place rack in a shallow baking pan or jelly roll pan.

Arrange the sweet potatoes on the rack so that they don’t touch each other. The photo shows the potatoes on a baking sheet but I did find that I liked the result of using a rack better. I didn’t have to turn them halfway through the baking process.

While the fries are baking, make the balsamic reduction by boiling the balsamic vinegar and sugar together for about 5 minutes. Make a slurry out of the cornstarch and water and add gradually to the boiling vinegar. Stir for a minute or two until the mixture starts to thicken. Then take it off the stove. Cool the mixture down in the fridge and then put it into a squirt bottle.

Bake the fries for 20-30 minutes or until they start getting golden brown and are done inside.

Toss the fries onto a large platter and crumble the feta cheese over the top. Then, using the squirt bottle, drizzle the balsamic reduction lightly over the  whole platter.

feta cheese sprinkled over sweet potato friesbalsamic reduction drizzled over sweet potato fries

VERY yummy! and a great crowd-pleaser. This will be perfect for serving the game-watchers at the Super Bowl Party.

Barb sweet potato fries

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Homemade Sweet Potato Fries #2: sprinkled with feta and drizzled with balsamic

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into long thin strips
  • olive oil
  • 3/4 c. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 2 t. of cornstarch stirred into 2 t. of water
  • 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 425°.

Prepare your sweet potatoes for baking by soaking them in cold water for 10-20 minutes. Pat them thoroughly dry before baking.

Coat a baking rack with olive oil and place rack in a shallow baking pan or jelly roll pan.

Arrange the sweet potatoes on the rack so that they don't touch each other. The photo shows the potatoes on a baking sheet but I did find that I liked the result of using a rack better. I didn't have to turn them halfway through the baking process.

While the fries are baking, make the balsamic reduction by boiling the balsamic vinegar and sugar together for about 5 minutes. Make a slurry out of the cornstarch and water and add gradually to the boiling vinegar. Stir for a minute or two until the mixture starts to thicken. Then take it off the stove. Cool the mixture down in the fridge and then put it into a squirt bottle.

Bake the fries for 20-30 minutes or until they start getting golden brown and are done inside.

Toss the fries onto a large platter and crumble the feta cheese over the top. Then, using the squirt bottle, drizzle the balsamic reduction lightly over the whole platter.

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2 thoughts on “Homemade Sweet Potato Fries #2: sprinkled with feta and drizzled with balsamic

    • I know! I find myself thinking things like, I bet this waffle would taste nice with some balsamic…. Or maybe, I wonder how this balsamic would go in coffee?

      bk

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