Chipotle Sweet Papas Fritas

Do you have a special place in your heart for a certain food in the summer?

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For some reason, I have a soft spot for sweet potato fries – they are definitely in the top five of my favorite summer indulgences.  I suppose they fit in so perfectly alongside a grilled main dish at a barbeque with their sweet-and-salty goodness.

Two things make sweet potato fries even better this summer:  chipotle seasoning and broiling.  With a spritz of lime juice.  Okay, so maybe three things.

I served this with tilapia tacos (my recipe to come soon!), my cilantro-lime corn, and some mango margaritas.  We sat on the back patio and watched the pink Arizona sunset in the breeze!  Gotta say, that was a nice dinner.  I don’t think the papas fritas can claim all the credit… but they definitely did their part! :D

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Chipotle Sweet Papas Fritas

2 large sweet potatoes, scrubbed clean (and peeled if you don’t like the skin – I like it left on!)

About 1 tsp. lime juice

Ground sea salt or kosher salt, freshly ground pepper, and chipotle seasoning

Olive or Canola oil cooking spray

Slice each potato in half lengthwise.  Place each half face-down and slice lengthwise, making each slice about ¼ inch in width.  You will probably want to cut all of these long fries in half widthwise, but that is up to you!  I like the fries a little bit fat, but you can make them slightly skinnier if you want to, by lying the slices flat and cutting them in half again lengthwise.

Place the a rack at the highest level inside the oven, close to the broiler, and turn the broiler on to high.

Spray a baking sheet (or two) with oil.  Place the potato slices flat on the sheet and spray the tops with oil.  Season with salt, pepper, chipotle and a bit of the lime.  Use a spatula to flip the potatoes over and do the same to the other side.  Make sure each potato has about ½ inch in between it and the others so they all get crispy in the oven.

Place the baking sheet(s) under the broiler and set a timer for 3 minutes.

After 3 minutes, pull out the sheet – the fries should be starting to look a little crispy, even a little browned.  If not, replace for 1-2 minutes, keeping an eye on the fries (be sure to set that timer).

When one side is done, pull out the fries and flip over to crisp the other side.  This will take 3-5 minutes again.  Be careful not to leave it alone! :)

The fork test will tell you if the fries are crispy outside and soft on the inside.  When the fries seem to be done, take them out and serve immediately!  Preferably with a nice summer sunset.

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