Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Cajun Sweet Potato Fries

 
Cajun sweet potato fries
Out of the oven and ready to eat- they were really really good!
                      
I can't believe I'm making Cajun Sweet Potato Fries. I saw this naturally gluten free recipe on the blog, Conners Cooking  and it looked really good. I usually shy away from eating anything made with Cajun spices because I right away think, " hot! hot! hot!"- but I was wrong!  wrong!  wrong!!

 I went to the grocery store and checked the ingredients on a Cajun seasoning mix.  Cajun seasoning is made up of all spices that I like: paprika, black pepper, garlic powder, oregano, thyme, salt,and some have a little cayenne pepper too.

Since I had all of these ingredients that make up Cajun seasoning in my kitchen, I decided to make my own Cajun mixture with just a very very little tad of the cayenne

My Cajun sweet potato fries came out great, I mean great! And I even liked the little touch of ground cayenne and that itty bitty kick. That's as Cajun as I want to get.

Make it plain for kids  
If you are making this recipe for kids, just leave out the Cajun spices and season with  no seasoning at all! They are fabulous just tossed in oil ( I use coconut oil) and then roasted - turning half way through.

Ingredients:
3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut up in french fries type strips
2 TBSP Cajun seasoning mix or
(make your own like I did) Use paprika, garlic powder, thyme, a little cayenne, oregano, and black pepper for the seasoning mix
2 tsp cumin
olive oil ( I added this, it is not in the original recipe.)

Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Put cut up sweet potatoes in a large zip lock bag . Add 2 TBSP olive oil or coconut oil in liquid state , shake in Cajun seasoning and cumin and shake the bag until sweet potatoes are lightly coated. Place on greased cookie sheet and bake for about 35-40 minutes ( depends on the size of your fries).Turn half way through. Drizzle a little extra olive if you like before putting in the oven.
Take out and serve.

STEP BY STEP PICTORIAL


sweet potatoes
3 large yams or sweet potatoes

sweet potatoes and peeler
Peeled Yams or Sweet Potatoes

bowl of cajun seasoning
My own homemade Cajun Spice Mix

sweet potato fries
Cut up sweet potatoes in strips


crispy sweet potato fries
Potatoes cut into strips coated with spices on the way to go into the oven


plate of sweet potato fries and lime
Out of the oven and ready to eat- they were really really good!


Who were the Cajuns anyway? According to Wikipedia,

"Cajuns  are an ethnic group mainly living in the U.S. state of Louisiana, consisting of the descendants of Acadian exiles (French-speakers from Acadia in what are now the Canadian Maritimes). Today, the Cajuns make up a significant portion of south Louisiana's population, and have exerted an enormous impact on the state's culture.The Acadia region to which modern Cajuns trace their origin consisted largely of what are now Nova Scotia and the other Maritime provinces, plus parts of eastern Quebec and northern Maine."

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20 comments:

  1. I love sweet potatoes! I usually go for the sweeter toppings on sweet potato fries but I love cajun seasoning so I would probably love this recipe, too. They look delicious!

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  2. We adore sweet potatoes and spiced up like you did, sounds wonderful. It was fun coming together and cooking from Connor's Cooking. I hope that you'll check out the Nutella Crêpes which I made from her blog.

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

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  3. WOW, those look good! I just love your blog...I discovered I have a gluten intolerance about a week ago,and it's such a huge relief and MOTIVATOR to stick with this new diet when I see delicious-looking stuff like these fries!!

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  4. I love spicy so would love the kick. You got such a nice crisp on these.

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  5. I love sweet potato fries made like this...the mixture of the spices and sweetness of the potato is just irresistable!

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  6. Love that y'all banded together to do this for Connor's Corner. These sweet potato fries sound amazing. I really enjoy the cajun seasoning. Being a Southern transplant I've learned to accept that no matter who steps into my home is going to pepper their food even before tasting it. Haha!

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  7. I just posted a recipe for creole seasoning and I never thought to use it on fries. I will give this a try! :)

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  8. these look so yummy!!!! will you link them to foodie friday? http://notyourordinaryrecipes.blogspot.com/2011/08/foodie-friday-2.html
    i am obsessed with sweet potato fries! http://www.homesandbabies.com
    http://notyourordinaryrecipes.blogspot.com

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  9. Those look great! I'm a big fan of sweet potato fries.

    I had a great laugh last week when an acquaintance tried them for the very first time (dunno where he's been for the last ten years) and slathered them with ketchup before we could stop him. what a disaster that was!

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  10. I adore sweet potato fries, and I love playing with seasonings. Thanks for linking up to Friday Potluck this week!

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  11. We just love Sweet Potato Fries. Your cajun seasoning just really kicks them up a bit, we would really enjoy them. Hope you have a great week end and thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Come back soon,
    Miz Helen

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  12. I love love love sweet potatoes if I do go to a resturant that has them on their menu I order them and its usally the fries they have on their I've never thought about making them cajun style I'm diffintly going to give this a try

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  13. I adore sweet potatoes and these looks so good!!!

    Veronica
    www.tasselsandtwigs.blogspot.com

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  14. I want these! They sound delish!

    Thanks for sharing about what you made :)

    Jennifer
    For Such a Time as This
    www.jennifersikora.com

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  15. Thanks for taking the time to make a recipe from my blog! Glad you enjoyed the sweet potato fries...

    Raina

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  16. These look so yummy! We love sweet potato fries in our house but I've never made them with Cajun spices, I'll have to try it. Thanks for sharing, I saw your post featured at Fresh Bites Friday @ la bella vita.

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  17. Thank you so much for sharing these outstanding cajun spiced sweet potato fries on last week's Fresh food Friday! I featured them today and I hope that you can stop by and check it out. Please join in whenever you'd like and add several of your favorite recipes!

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  18. Oooooo! I love sweet potatoes and haven't tried them with a kick! Pin! Thank you so much for linking up at Savvy HomeMade Monday. We are partying again and I hope you will stop by! :)

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  19. I love sweet potato fries, but I've never made them with cajun seasoning. Like you, I was always afraid it would be too hot, but your version of Cajun seasoning mix sounds perfect for my family. Thank you for sharing this delicious and healthy recipe with the Hearth and Soul blog hop.

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  20. Looks delicious. Must give this a try!

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