Fries for dessert?! What in the WORLD?
Before you scream that the title of this post is outrageous and run away from this blog,never to return again, hear me out.
If we can dip regular potato chips in chocolate and enjoy them for dessert (that actually sounds to me like the best way to enjoy potato chips), then who is to say that we can’t turn a sweet potato fry into a dessert? Trust me, it is a fantastic idea!
It is usually only at restaurants that I indulge in French fries. If I am given the option for sweet potato fries over regular fries, I will always choose the sweet potato fries.They are so much more flavorful than plain old boring French fries.
Most restaurants serve them with your everyday ketchup. Some restaurants top them with brown sugar or serve them with some sort of honey-cinnamon-sweetened dip.
Yuck, I usually find that all I want are the sweet potato fries to remain naked.The ketchup seems to detract from the sweet potato flavor, and the sugared options seem to make them sickeningly sweet.
Sweet potatoes are naturally and perfectly sweet enough on their own, don’t you agree? I surely think so!
That’s what I love about this dessert: aside from the small amount of sugar in the dark chocolate, this dessert is not sweetened whatsoever! I promise that you won’t miss the lack of sugar one bit. The sweet potatoes provide all the sweetness needed.
By now you are probably wondering about the roasted coffee. Sounds weird.
Does eating ground coffee taste good? I don’t like coffee, will I like this dessert? Do sweet potatoes and coffee even taste good together?
So many questions.
The answers are: Yes. Yes. and YES!
Coffee and sweet potato are made for each other. I just don’t think they knew it until now. Someone had to play matchmaker.
Of course, you already knew that coffee and chocolate are meant to be, right? The sweet potato makes the perfect trio.
It’s like mocha meets soft, crispy, sweet potato fries.
I do not like coffee at all. Well, I like it if it’s in the form of coffee-flavored ice cream, or a chocolate-covered coffee bean. But not to drink. I was nervous that the coffee flavor would be too strong, especially without being sweetened. It was perfection! In fact, I wanted to add more coffee.
Seriously, you guys Coffee-Roasted Sweet Potato Fries Drizzled with Dark Chocolate is going to blow your mind!
I made this before I made dinner and it almost became our dinner. Paul and I could not stop eating it. I finally had to set the plate aside so that we could eat a balanced meal before dessert. We scarfed down our dinner just so that we could return to eating the fries sooner.
Not that it would be all that bad to eat them for dinner. There is no added sugar, aside from the chocolate. The sweet potatoes are loaded with beta carotene, vitamins B6, D, and C. They are also rich in magnesium and potassium, just to name a few health benefits.
If you are trying to get your kids to eat more sweet potatoes, I guarantee they will scarf these babies down. Don’t worry, you can use decaf coffee. No caffeine jitters after dinner time.
Guys, I am obsessed with these fries. As I write this my mouth is watering; I may just have to make them for a lunchtime dessert.
- 2 large organic sweet potatoes or yams, scrubbed and dried*
- 1 to 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
- 2 to 3 tablespoons good quality medium roast ground coffee (I used decaf so it wouldn’t keep me awake)
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
- 4 ounces good quality dark chocolate (I used 70% cocoa, but I think the sweet potatoes are sweet enough that I could have used 75% cocoa).
- Arrange the oven racks so that one is in the middle of the oven and the other one is on the top. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Prepare two large rimmed baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper or a silpat mat.
- Cut each sweet potato into 1 inch sticks as follows: Using a large chef’s knife carefully cut the ends off. Then cut the sweet potato in half lengthwise. Turn the cut sweet potato on its flat end and cut in half again. Cut each quarter into quarters again. Continue cutting each piece until they are 1 inch-wide sticks. You can either cut the sticks in half lengthwise or keep them long. The short ones crisp up faster, but I am a big fan of long fries. Your choice.**
- Place all of the fries on the baking sheets. Add the grapeseed oil and toss to coat the potatoes.
- Add the salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ground coffee. Toss well to combine.
- Arrange the fries on the baking sheets. Make sure the fries aren’t touching each other and that the pan isn’t overcrowded. This helps the fries to crisp up.
- Bake the fries for 20 to 30 minutes. Half way through the baking time flip the sweet potatoes and rotate the pan. The fries should be tender in the middle and slightly crisp on the edges. Allow to cool for 3 minutes before removing from the pan.
- minutes before the fries are done break up the chocolate into a microwave-safe bowl. Heat the chocolate on a low power setting (I used power level 3 on my microwave) 2 minutes at a time until melted. Make sure to stir the chocolate after each heating until it is done. Alternately you could use a double boiler, stirring frequently.
- Transfer the fries to a large plate or platter. Drizzle the chocolate on top of the fries and serve the remainder on the side for dipping. ***
- Serve the fries immediately or within the same evening. They are best warm out of the oven, but they are still good at room temperature.
- They do not keep well overnight. I suggest adjusting the recipe amount according to the number of people you are serving. I recommend ½ to 1 whole sweet potato per person.
**I cut my fries a little larger because I like them to be tender and almost doughy with a slight crisp on the edges. If you would like your fries to be more crispy simply cut them to a ½ inch thickness rather than 1 inch thickness. You may need to alter the cooking time accordingly.
***If you have leftover chocolate you could toss in some of your favorite nuts and allow to set to create a chocolate bark. Or you could cover the chocolate and reserve for future melting purposes, such as another round of Coffee-Roasted Dessert Sweet Potato fries.