Grilled Sweet Potato Fries with Cinnamon and Maple – Memorial Day Recipe

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on May 24, 2011

So I was chatting with a friend the other day about sweet potatoes…how much Tyler loves them, different ways to cook them, how they grow.  I said, “You know, I’ve never grilled them.” She replied, “Me neither…but I’ll let you figure it out and I’ll wait for the post on the website.”

Naturally, I turned to grillmaster Bobby Flay for his help.

Well, I didn’t ask him personally…but I was able to find the perfect cooking method from one of his recipes! I wanted these fries to be on the softer side so that the kids would be more apt to eat them, so I thought boiling would help. I will plan to make them again later this summer without boiling them first…just sticking the wedges straight on the grill.  See which ones the kiddos prefer best!

Without further ado…

The smoky, delicious and “can we have these again tomorrow, mom” sweet potato fries!

Peel. Lop off the ends if they are super skinny.

Chop in half.

Stand on flat end and slice off wedges.

Take the pile of wedges and boil them in salted water for 4-5 minutes.

While boiling, set up a cold water dunking bowl with large bowl and colander.

Once the sweet potato wedges have boiled for 4-5 minutes, drain them in the colander in the sink…then plunge them into the cold water. Let sit for 2-3 minutes.

Meanwhile, whisk up the oil, maple syrup, cinnamon.

Remove the now cold wedges…dump out the water from the big bowl and give it a quick dry with a towel.

Return the wedges to the dry bowl and toss with the oil and maple mixture.

Toss on the grill basket…or straight on the grill if the wedges are large enough to not fall through the cracks.

Turn a few times during cooking. Use a hot pad. Grill basket handle will burn you :)

Enjoy with your favorite burger, grilled chicken, steak, pork chop!

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Grilled Sweet Potato Fries with Cinnamon and Maple

Adapted from Bobby Flay recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges ($1.49)
  • 3 Tbsp canola or vegetable oil ($.05)
  • 3 tsp maple syrup ($.25)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon ($.02)
  • Kosher salt and pepper

Directions

  • Boil the sweet potato wedges for 4-5 minutes in salted water.  Drain them in a colander, then plunge them for a few minutes in cold water to halt the cooking process.
  • Add the now cooled sweet potato wedges to a bowl and toss with the oil/maple/cinnamon mixture.  Sprinkle with a little kosher salt and pepper.
  • Grill in a basket, or straight on the grill if the wedges are large enough, for 7-10 minutes, tossing every 3-4 minutes.
  • Serve warm with favorite burger, chicken, steak or pork chop from the grill.

Cost $1.81 for side dish

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dana May 25, 2011 at 11:15 pm

How would you adapt this recipe for those of us who are grill-less?

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Tiffany (As For My House) June 2, 2011 at 2:58 pm

I was wondering this myself, since although I do have a grill I have not yet taken the plunge of buying a grill basket…

I think I’m going to follow the boiling and seasoning directions, then bake as per many baked fries recipes…

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TheGourmetCoffeeGuy May 26, 2011 at 11:34 pm

Great recipe with easy to follow directions. My family loves sweet potatoes and butternut squash, believe your recipe would work great for both. Thank you for the nice variation, can always use new ideas for cooking sweet potatoes… Nice photos too.

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Yvonne July 1, 2012 at 8:32 pm

These turned out great and pretty tasty, although I would have liked the texture to more crispy. I subbed the maple syrup (did not have any) for molasses and added a touch of cayenne pepper.

How could I have made them more crispy?

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