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Tuesday, March 03, 2009


Oh, Internets. What can make my beloved black beans and rice with avocados, cilantro, and olives even better? A side dish of homemade sweet potato fries with spicy chipotle aioli, that's what.

There's a small local chain of grills in town that serves amazing sweet potato fries with what they call their chipotle pesto aioli. I had some last night with friends after we watched Revolutionary Road (the former, at least, were awesome; the latter was fairly pretty but rather disappointing), and today still wanted more. So, I made some!

For the fries, I peeled two large sweet potatoes, hacked them into sticks, and tossed them with a drizzle of olive oil and a good shake of kosher salt. Then I put them on a nonstick-sprayed pan and baked them at 425 for 40 minutes or so (and 450 for the last 10 or 15 minutes), flipping them over every 15-20 minutes.

For the aioli, I minced garlic and then mashed it into a paste with kosher salt. I threw in a small handful of cilantro, chopped, and mashed that in, too, before adding mayo and a few drops of "very hot" chipotle sauce. I would have added the juice of the lime I bought, but forgot. In the future, I think I'd also make my own mayo from olive oil and an egg; my Smart Balance mayo seemed too sweet. Still, it was remarkably close, I thought, to Longfellow's (and left me with the same dragon breath).

Mmmmm. Cheap, colorful, and a complete protein (the rice and beans, that is). I think I could eat this all the time.

*I like dem French fried potaters.


Curly Sue said...

That sounds great. And that's a great photo...tell me that wasn't your camera phone.

I Hope So said...

i want to be your neighbor. and then i would invite myself over for dinner every day of the week. mmmm.

David said...

That looks delicious. What does it take to get a dinner invitation to your place?

Ellen said...

I would assume the dinner invitation is open as long as the guest(s) is(are) willing to deal with the freak cold weather. Of course, this is a very effective filter.


I trized to be funny. LOL.

Misty said...

There are not many exciting things coming out of my makeshift kitchen. I think I would like to pay a visit to yours...looks wonderfully tasty.

The Thirsty Gargoyle said...

I intrigued by the sweet potatoes alone. That seems a spectacularly obvious thing to do, and yet I've never seen such a thing.

Daniel said...

What disappointed you about Revolutionary Road, the end?


Larissa said...

Yum, that food looks good!

CëRïSë said...

Leah, thanks--and it was my real (albeit broken) camera, not my phone.

As far as dinner invitations, Ellen's right; everyone's invited. And don't let the weather frighten you. It has already warmed up to 0° here today, and it's not even noon!

And Daniel, the whole thing seemed rather melodramatic and heavy-handed. Had it been a play I had just watched, rather than a film, I think I would have been very impressed. As it was: meh.