Super Bowl Recipes: Sweet Potato Fries Make A Great Super Bowl Appetizer

"A man cannot live on wings alone."

-Shakespeare, or something

With the nation's biggest game only days away, food preparation has begun with as much intensity and seriousness as game-planning in the halls of the New York Giants and New England Patriots. For those home-bound chefs looking for a fast, impressive Super Bowl recipe, look no further than's Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries.

Unlike traditional fries, sweet potato fries bring with them a bucket of flavor and uncommon pomp that will make friends of the chef nod admiringly, secretly burning with jealousy. And, whereas traditional fries seem strange and naked without a burger on their shoulder, the sweet potato fry can be its own meals or a sidekick to something equally unusual (Bacon Whiskey Chili, perhaps?).

Also, though the recipe below does not say with explicitly, sweet potato fries can also come with a variety of seasonings -- they can be spicy, cajun, cinnamon-sugary, salty -- anything, really! And, in most forms, sweet potato fries make an excellent vehicle for barbecue sauces of all varieties.

Best of all? They are crazy easy to make:


6 sweet potatoes, cut into French fries

2 tablespoons canola oil

3 tablespoons taco seasoning mix*

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper*


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  2. In a plastic bag, combine the sweet potatoes, canola oil, taco seasoning*, and cayenne pepper*. Close and shake the bag until the fries are evenly coated. Spread the fries out in a single layer on two large baking sheets.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes, or until crispy and brown on one side. Turn the fries over using a spatula, and cook for another 30 minutes, or until they are all crispy on the outside and tender inside. Thinner fries may not take as long.

*Alternatives include:

  • chili powder, garlic powder, fresh pepper, kosher salt
  • Cajun seasoning instead of taco seasoning
  • onion powder, garlic powder, salt & pepper
  • chili powder, sugar, and kosher salt
  • curry powder instead of cayenne

Oh, plus this is all relatively healthy. WHAT?!


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