Friday, October 31, 2008

Part 3: Not Your Average Fry

There is a Tapas restaurant by my parent's house that delivers a satisfying experience every time. The great thing about tapas is that you can try different combinations of tapas every time. One item on the menu that has been a standard whenever I go, is Sweet Potato Fries with Honey Goat Cheese.

I needed a starch to go with my pork chops and salad. I wanted something that would warm me up and add to the sensory experience of the meal. I decided to make a slightly more outgoing version of this dish, a perfect compliment to the rest of the meal. It also adds a little spice and excitement. This is one sexy potato!

Sweet Potato Oven Wedges
1 large Sweet Potato
4 tblsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tblsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Cayenne Pepper (Hot Hot Hot!)

Preheat the oven to 400*f

1) Peel the potato and cut it in to medium sized wedges. The easiest way to do this is to quarter the potato and then slice it.

2) Drizzle oil on to a medium sized cookie sheet. Also sprinkle the garlic powder and cayenne pepper. Use a pastry brush to mix and spread the spices/oil, coating the sheet.

3) Arrange the potatoes on the sheet, rubbing them in the oil, and using the brush to apply any excess oil to the surface of the potatoes. You don't need to be too rigorous doing this, we want to keep most of the spice on the bottom.

4) Put them in the oven! Keep the temp at 400*f for 15 minutes, and then drop it to 300*f until the rest of your meal is ready. Don't worry, they won't dry out in all of that oil, they'll just get a good tan.

Honey-Tarragon Goat Cheese
(this is the best!)

1/4 cup Goat Cheese (plain, room temp)
1 tblsp Honey
1 tsp Tarragon

1) After the cheese meets room temperature, add the honey and the tarragon.
2) Mix it all up and serve with the potato wedges.

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