Friday, October 14, 2011
Daphne Oz's Sweet Potato Oven Fries 10.14.11
Daphne Oz.... Daphne Oz on The Chew... HMMMMM
Aside from the child of a celebrity factor, I was unsure of Daphne on the show. In fact, after three weeks, this is the first recipe or tip she has shown that I was excited about. Many times on the show she seems out of her element. Tossing out bizarre ingredients that I am sure are well known among the vegan community, but not to me. I also have a basic mistrust of vegans.
BUT, she is growing on me. She is a trooper, eating her first hot dog ever (???) on stage. She is also starting to come into her own with more approachable suggestions. For example, a few days ago, Michael Symon made a fried banana sandwich (click HERE). the same day, she made chocolate banana chips that was a much more healthy alternative to Michael's recipe. I did wonder, since Michael used Nutella, what would happen if Daphne's bananas were drizzled with Nutella instead of her chocolate as a "healthier" alternative in place of the "healthy" dish she showed. Sure, Nutella is pretty high on calories, I just wondered if Nutella would work.
But I digress...
I was very excited to see this as an option on the show. I simply adore sweet potatoes. I have been looking and trying different recipes for baked fries... unsuccessfully. It just seems like something easy, but my past attempts have not been great. mushy and no snap.
I had the heat set too low.
It's not difficult, cut, coat (in extra virgin olive oil) and bake (425 for 18 minutes, flipping half way). I did bake them on a pre-heated pizza stone.
And the verdict.... Almost perfect. I think I committed the Cardinal Sin of baking and opened the door a bit too often. I was worried that the EVOO would burn at that temp.
It didn't, it just lightly charred. The skin indeed come out crisp, I just think a couple more minutes (or me not opening the door) would have made them just a tad more crispy.
I did get a great joke from the show... Do you know the difference between a charred dish and a burnt dish... About $20 a plate).
I made a very simple lemon garlic Aioli to go with the fries...
2 TBS Mayonnaise
1 TBS Dijon Mustard
2 Garlic cloves, minced fine
1 tsp Lemon juice
Whir in a mini chopper for a few minutes.
The fries and the Aioli paired TERRIFIC with the blackened catfish I served with the fries!