Don't you just love fall?? Nothing like cooler weather to make you start thinking about good, comfort food made in your cast-iron cookware! Here's another recipe that doesn't require cast iron, but just tastes better when cooked in a black pan! I'm not sure our ancestors made these, but I do know that my ancestors loved sweet potatoes. They normally just baked them and loaded them with churned butter from the cow.
Sweet Potatoes Fries:
You will need:
Medium (4-6 qt) cast iron Dutch oven
Deep fry thermometer
4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, cut lengthwise into eights, then cut crosswise to make 16 wedges per sweet potato
Enough vegetable oil for frying, this will be about 8 cups
Salt and pepper to taste (or use Mrs. Dash)
Preheat the oven to 400 degreesF. Put the wedges ina single layer on a baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a fork, but firm (not hard) in the middle.
Reduce the oven temp to 200 degreesF.
Put the oil into the Dutch oven, to a depth of about 3 inches. Heat the oil over medium-high heat to 350 degreesF on the deep-fry thermometer.
Fry the wedges in batches, but don't over-crowd. Turn them often and fry until they are golden-brown and have a crisp outside, this will be about 2-4 minutes per batch.
Pull out the fries with a slotted spoon onto a paper-towel-lined plate and let drain. Then transfer them to a foil-lined baking sheet and put them in the warm oven until all the batches are ready.
Serve immediately, seasoned with salt and pepper or Mrs. Dash.