Candied Yam Fries -- Sweet, Crunchy Thanksgiving Side

sweet potato friesMmm ... sweet potatoes. Probably one of the dishes I most look forward to on Thanksgiving. My mom always makes them in a casserole form, with little marshmallows on top (heaven!), but there are tons of other ways to enjoy them.

Celebrity chef George Duran, the author of Take This Dish and Twist It and host of The Ultimate Cake Off on TLC has a really great recipe if you want to surprise your guests this year with a different sweet potato twist: Candied Yam Oven-Fries With Brown Sugar Dipping Sauce.

It's kind of like combining those amazing sweet potato fries you get with your burger to the traditional recipes that grace Thanksgiving dinner tables. Apparently, we can have the best of both worlds.


Potato Wedges

2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled

PAM® Butter No-Stick Cooking Spray

2 teaspoons granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Dipping Sauce

6 tablespoons Fleischmann's® Unsalted Margarine-stick

1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/4 cup pure maple syrup

2 tablespoons orange juice

1/4 cup heavy (whipping) cream

Prepare Potatoes: Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut each potato crosswise into 2-inch long pieces. Cut each piece of potato into long wedges. Place wedges on wire rack set on baking sheet; bake about 25 minutes.  

Meanwhile, prepare Sauce: Melt Fleischmann's in small saucepan over medium heat. Once bubbling, add brown sugar and cinnamon; stir well with wooden spoon. Continue cooking and stirring 2 to 3 minutes. Then add syrup; cook 2 minutes more. Add juice; continue stirring while it boils 1 minute more. Mix in cream, remove from heat, and continue stirring until sauce becomes smooth; set aside and keep warm.

Remove potatoes from oven. Place in large bowl; increase oven to 475°F. Wipe baking sheet clean and return to oven without wire rack.

Spray potatoes with cooking spray. Mix gently and spray once more with cooking spray. Sprinkle with granulated sugar, salt and pepper; toss gently. Arrange potatoes evenly on hot baking sheet from oven; roast 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown, turning over halfway through. Serve with warm Dipping Sauce.

How do you like your sweet potatoes?

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