Oct 21, 2009

Crunchy Sweet Potatoes


Have a quick and fun recipe for you. Not too healthy, though. Think of these babies as a fun variation of French fries, or something along those lines.

A friend of mine mailed me this recipe thinking it might be worthy of a blog posting. Worthy? Heck, yeah! She knows I’m very picky about the recipes I post. I don’t want to slap up ridiculous recipes just for the sake of blogging. I wasn’t sure about it at first—I’m a very visual person (who would’ve thunk it, with a food photography blog and all that!) and have a tough time ‘seeing‘ a recipe from just a written description—but this seemed like a really fun recipe to try. And it was. It really was.

Kiddo and I both loved it.



2 big sweet potatoes
1/2 cup salted peanuts
2 tbsp dried coconut flakes
1 tsp dried chili flakes
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp garam masala
1 garlic clove
2 tbsp oil



Peel the sweet potatoes and turn them into 3/4 inch thick slices.


I didn’t really measure. Just poured quite some oil in my pan. Use a high-heat cooking oil such as peanut, grape or sunflower oil. I opted for peanut oil.


Fry the potato slices over low to medium heat for about 10 minutes. Until brown and soft.


Get yourself 1/2 a cup salted peanuts and transfer them to a food processor.


Add 1 tsp dried chili flakes, 2 tbsp dried coconut flakes, a slightly heaping 1/4 tsp ground ginger (or use some fresh ginger), a garlic clove and 1/4 tsp garam masala. You could also add a little curry powder or ground cumin. Just go nuts! (pun intended)


Don’t forget to flip those potato slices every now and then.


Blitz until the peanuts are pulverized.


Stir 2 tbsp oil in with the peanuts.


Remove the potato slices from the pan, drizzle a little salt over both sides and let them drain on a paper towel.


Preheat your grill. Put some baking paper on a baking tray, place the potato slices on top and spoon the peanut mix over them.


Pop the slices under a hot grill until the peanuts have browned a little. This should go really fast. Like, in 30 to 60 seconds. So keep an eye on them.


It was definitely a fun dish to try. We ate them as a snack, but I can see how these are going to make a great side-dish to (chicken) satay and peanut sauce or any other grilled meat dish!

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    1. 1

      I can already taste the salty-sweet explosion. Mmmmmm

      TheWoman on Oct 21, 2009 @ 10:23 am Reply
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      This is a funky recipe. I’m going to try it. Oh yes satay and peanut sauce YUM!!

      Che-Cheh on Oct 21, 2009 @ 11:47 am Reply
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      Where do you buy your sweet potatoes? The ones I am finding are white on the inside and pretty tasteless. I bought some at AH and C1000 and even looked in the Tokos but those are white too.

      Sonya on Oct 21, 2009 @ 1:04 pm Reply
    4. 4

      That looks delicious! I love sweet potatoes.

      Mrs.B on Oct 21, 2009 @ 2:30 pm Reply
    5. 5

      Oh my, how delicious they sound and look. I’ll give these a try.

      charlotte on Oct 21, 2009 @ 3:21 pm Reply
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      Really different and delicious sounding recipe. I’ve never thought of combining peanuts with sweet potatoes although it’s not unusual to use pecans or walnuts with them, so why not? Not sure where to find garam masala around here, but I’m going to try. Thanks, Kay, you’re always posting something interesting and inspiring.

      Lana on Oct 21, 2009 @ 3:44 pm Reply
    7. 7

      Oh yummy! and so easy, I love sweet potatoes!

      Spruce Hill on Oct 21, 2009 @ 3:45 pm Reply
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      i so love your blog…keep the inspiration coming. we entertain most sundays and are usually at least 20 people so recipes for big numbers r gr8! in view of this, could you do these sweet potato slices with oil on a baking tray in the oven for a bit and then add the crunchy topping and cook for a bit longer as this would b so much easier for a bigger quantity. let me know what you think? thanks – Joanna

      Joanna on Oct 21, 2009 @ 6:08 pm Reply
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      Oh my! I love the blend of flavors in this recipe! Sweet potatoes, spices and peanuts? Divine!

      Rose on Oct 21, 2009 @ 7:26 pm Reply
    10. 10

      love sweet potatoes. this might work roasted and then put the topping on the last minute or so… ??

      farmkat on Oct 21, 2009 @ 9:58 pm Reply
    11. 11

      That is an interesting play of textures there! Beautiful!

      Mrs Ergül on Oct 22, 2009 @ 7:57 am Reply
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      Kudos to your friend for thinking up this more than ‘worthy’ recipe; thanks Friend of Kay! And the pictures look great, as usual! I really love the dish you chose to put them in. I continue to adore your blog: your recipes, your writing, your photography–oh your storyboard photography!

      Trish in MO on Oct 22, 2009 @ 2:36 pm Reply
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      @LANA: I never thought I’d find Garam Masala in the middle of rural Mizzourah either, but I did! Try one of your more ‘upscale’ grocery stores, Trader Joe’s, bulk food store. I found mine in one of those Dutch bulk grocery stores-hey, Dutch, how appropriate ;) ALSO LANA… love your blog! Went there to see where you lived, and peeked around.

      Trish in MO on Oct 22, 2009 @ 2:47 pm Reply
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      looks yummy!

      f.sarah on Oct 22, 2009 @ 3:32 pm Reply
    15. 15

      WOW – These look amazing. Great photo too. This is my first visit to your blog. I love it!

      zestycook on Oct 22, 2009 @ 5:50 pm Reply
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      I’m seeing so many sweet potato recipes in blogosphere. I love them, but yours is so unique. I love Thai-style recipes, so I definitely plan to bookmark this recipe. Thanks so much! Lovely, as always.

      Debby on Oct 23, 2009 @ 5:18 am Reply
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      Love these – what a wonderful variation.. I am so glad that sweet potatoes are finally back in the produce dept… looking forward to trying this killer creation :)

      Cathy on Oct 23, 2009 @ 7:10 pm Reply
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      I like the sound of doing sweet potatoes like this.

      Kevin on Oct 25, 2009 @ 3:43 pm Reply
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      Love all these kumera recipes – another one to try with the dark purple variety. If it turns out well, I’ll let you know! Keep ’em coming! btw – your photography is fantastic :-)

      Wicked Weber Smokers on Nov 16, 2009 @ 11:48 pm Reply

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