Sweet potato wedges … fast

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Sweet potato wedges are cooked before browning for faster, more reliable results.

Sweet potato fries have become very popular. However, most of us try to avoid deep frying, and if you have tried to make sweet potato fries in the oven, you know they take quite a while, and go from doing nothing to setting off the fire alarm in about 30 seconds.

Here’s an easier way to get that wonderful, chewy taste.These take between 10-15 minutes if you precook the potatoes in the microwave, and are easy to make as part of a fast meal.

Start by piercing the skin of your whole sweet potato with a fork. Cook your sweet potato in the microwave for small portions, or in the oven if you need a lot. I cook them until they are almost tender (about 3 minutes per potato in the microwave, 30-60 minutes in the oven (depends on the size of the potatoes).

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A sweet potato is easy to peel if not overcooked.

Cut the ends off the potato, and slice just through the skin in one place. Slide your knife under the cut edge to lift the peel, and continue around the potato until it is fully peeled. This is quite easy as long as the potato is not cooked too much. The peel should come off in one or two pieces.

Cut the peeled potato into wedges. Brush or drizzle oil over the top, and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.Place on an ovenproof pan. You may want to line your pan with foil for easier cleanup.

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Sweet potatoes, cooked, peeled and cut into wedges, ready for broiling. Oil is brushed on or drizzled over the potato wedges to help browning.

Broil the potatoes quite close to the broiling element, or the potatoes will overcook before they brown. You want a little browning on the edges. with the outer edges a little chewy, from 5-10 minutes depending on your broiler heat and the distance between potatoes and the element.

Serve these with plain sour cream, or mix in a little cayenne, salt and pepper for a spicy version.


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