Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Fresh Avocado Dip!

Sweet Potatoes!  Baked with lots of herbs and spices!   This is the first time that I’ve ever made sweet potatoes in a healthy way that is still delicious!  Usually these taters appear on our Thanksgiving table loaded with brown sugar, pineapples, and marshmallows . . . and calories.  Well not this time!

For this month’s Secret Recipe Club I selected a healthy yet tasty side dish recipe from Jenna of the blog “The Newlyweds”.   I love everything about this recipe and so did my husband!  Lots of flavor, lots of healthy goodness, and an interesting avocado based dipping sauce to top it off.

The avocado dip was SO good with a few minor adjustments.  We were eating it straight out of the bowl by the spoonful!  Even my husband who doesn’t care for avocados thought it was delicious!  And that’s saying something!  I added freshly chopped cilantro and fresh minced garlic to jazz it up with more flavor.  Mmmmm!  We grilled chicken breasts that had been marinaded in our favorite Mojo sauce to pair with the potatoes.  It was a great combination!  I’ll most definitely prepare these spicy, baked sweet potatoes and avocado dip again!

One other plus:  The avocado dip would be a superb spread for a hamburger or taco!  Spread on thick of course!  Thanks Jenna!

Sweet Potato Oven Fries with Avocado Dip
(adapted from The Newlyweds)

2 large sweet potatoes, peeled or unpeeled, cut into 4-inch long and 1/4 to 1/2-inch thick fries
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. ground coriander
1/2 tsp. Mrs. Dash Southwestern Spice blend 
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and set aside.
Place sweet potatoes in large bowl.
Toss with olive oil until sweet potatoes are coated.
Add paprika, chili powder, coriander, salt, and pepper; toss to distribute evenly.
Arrange the coated fries in a single layer on the prepared pan.
Bake for 20 minutes on the lower rack until sweet potatoes soften.
Transfer pan to the upper rack of the oven.
Bake 10 minutes longer, until fries are crispy.
Serve with Avocado Dip.

Avocado Dip

1 Haas avocado
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup cream cheese
1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped.
6 scallions, white and light green part only, chopped (increased from 2)
1 lime, juiced
4 Tbsp. chopped, fresh cilantro (added)

2 tsps. freshly minced garlic (added)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Place the avocado, mayonnaise, cream cheese, jalapeno, scallions, cilantro, garlic, and lime juice into a blender or small food processor and blend briefly.
For a chunkier version the way that we like avocados, use a fork and mash everything together to your chunkiness preference.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve as a dip for the baked Sweet Potato Fries.

Enjoy!

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Comments

  1. Hi My Roz! Everything looks so good! I hope you are well! I’m happy your in the club! I’m in Group D! xxoo

  2. Yummmm, I really want to try this … and what a beautiful blog =)) Thanks for sharing =))

  3. delicious!

  4. A healthy way of eating the fries. I am not an avocado fan but when I saw your dip, I am encouraged to try it. =)

  5. We generally eat our sweet potatoes pretty healthy – baked with a little butter, par-boiled and grilled, and as fries, but I love the southwestern slant you used, especially the dip and I just bought some cilantro yesterday. Great dish Roz.

  6. I love sweet potato fries, and I know I would love that dip!

  7. Delicious ! The avocado dip looks very tempting.

  8. This does look like a great side or the perfect snack. My husband does not like sweet potatoes, but this looks so good I am ready to make it just for myself. However, I will need to make sure there is enough dip, because I am sure he will indulge in that with chips or regular fries. Tasty post!

  9. Love the idea of healthier sweet potatoes. This looks fantastic!

  10. I LOVE baked sweet potato fries! And the addition of the avocado is awesome!! anne

  11. Oh, Roz, those potatoes fries looks so deliciuos! Although, sweet potatoes are too sweet for me, the herbs may do the trick. Thanks for the recipe!

  12. Delicious! I could sit down and eat that meal right now…and it is breakfast time. Who cares? Looks fantastic!

  13. fantastic plate of food, I would be all over it.

  14. oh la la! I am loving the avocado dip! How genius to pair it with the fries! YUM!

  15. YUMO! This looks delicious, and healthy, all while being guilty.

    Great post fellow Group D member :) !

  16. YUM! We love sweet potatoe fries and this avocado dip sounds yummy too

  17. My goodness, I love everything about this recipe and wish I was snacking on it right now.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my Group ‘A’ SRC entry: Crunchy Fudgy Heart Bites and my Group ‘D’ entry: Health(ier) Peanut Brittle

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

  18. How fun, you had me this month, so glad you tried the fries and avocado dip. I haven’t made this in a while but now I am going to again. Yum!

  19. What perfect fries. I am going to do these this week if snowmageddon doesn’t arrive and I can get out! We love sweet potatoes and the avocado dip is a smiling surprise.

  20. I absolutely love sweet potato fries, and that avocado dip sounds so delicious! Great post!!

  21. I am in love with sweet potato fries. This recipe looks great! I also have to the avocado dip… it sounds delicious!

  22. Oh these look wonderful!! I bet they were fantastic! Great job! :)

  23. This looks so good that I will have to try it soon. Thanks so much for sharing.

  24. You did a gorgeous job on these and that dipping sauce is to die for!

  25. Who would have thought to pair sweet potatoes and guac? It sounds strange, but I’ll take your word that it taste good. It sure looks good!

  26. The avocado dip looks amazing!

  27. What an interesting combonition of two very healthy and tasty foods.

  28. your fried look beautiful and that dip sounds incredible. So glad you made it so I now know about it.

  29. wonderful post Thanks for sharing

  30. thanks 4 sharing this post with us

  31. great post…..thanks for your visit and yes I would be honored to be a vpart of any Italian post you do bless you my dear friend!

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