Sometimes when I cook, I wonder if my Grandpop would like what I’m making. See, he used to come over every Sunday after church. And we’d have homemade cheesesteaks and french fries. My mom, for the record, makes the BEST cheesesteak and french fries. So we’d come home and he’d be there, then we’d eat. After dinner, he’d leave and then the entire process would repeat the next Sunday.
But if he were here now, would he evolve into the new foods that I want to try? For example, what if we deviated from the traditional cheesesteak? Not saying I want to, cheesesteaks are sacred. But there are people out there that enjoy chicken cheesesteaks. Or buffalo chicken cheesesteaks. What would he think? Would he be hip to these trends? I’m going to venture out on a limb here and say no. Not because he wasn’t an adventurous eater. He was. I think that is part of why my brother is like a human garbage disposal that will eat anything in his path. But I think some of it might just be a little too trendy.
So when making these sweet potato fries, I stopped to think if he would eat those. Because let me be honest about something: I adore sweet potato fries. With every single fiber of my being. I might love them more than regular french fries… Blasphemy, I know. But when I thought of sweet potato fries sprinkled with some coarse salt and a little Old Bay, I actually drooled. I’m not sure my Grandpop would eat them, but that’s ok. Because there would be more for me and I’d be infinitely happy.
- 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into ½ inch strips
- 1 Tbsp. flour
- 1 Tbsp. Old Bay Seasoning
- 1½ Tbsp. olive oil
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Place the potatoes in a large zip-top bag. Add flour and Old Bay and shake vigorously.
- Add in the olive oil and toss them around to coat. Lay the potatoes on a parchment lined baking sheet in a single layer.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until fries are crisp. Add additional Old Bay if desired.