Sweet Potato Fries with Sriracha Creme Fraiche

Last weekend, Eric and I took a trip down to New Jersey to visit my family.  There was lots to celebrate: my mother’s birthday, the return of the snowbirds (my grandparents) from Boca, and the recent milestone of my niece turning one.  Along with that, we also had tickets to see The Book of Mormon, a present from my parents, sister and brother-in-law to Eric for his 30th birthday, which was last June.  Back in October, we took a look at available dates and the only tickets we could get were for April.  Crazy right?  Let me just say that it was TOTALLY worth the wait.  I’ve seen my share of Broadway shows, and this was definitely one of the best theatergoing experiences.  If you can get tickets… go!

The weekend also marked the start of Passover.  While neither Eric nor I are religious, it was really nice cooking up a big meal with my family (if you think Thanksgiving is a production, try hosting a Seder).  I learned a lot this weekend about what goes into a lot of Passover dishes (matzo meal, obviously… but, also, potato starch).  Don’t worry.  I’ll be sure to fill you in on all of the tips and tricks next year.

For those of you still observing Passover, I thought these Sweet Potato Fries would make for a nice break from all that matzo you’ve been chowing down on.  Now, I’m pretty sure sriracha is Passover friendly.  My understanding is that it consists of chilies and garlic.  But maybe there’s something else.  Nevertheless, these would be quite good without the sriracha (though that kick is really nice).

Sweet Potato Fries with Sriracha Creme Fraiche 

(Recipe by Marissa Lippert, from the December 2011 issue of Bon Appetit)

makes 4-6 servings

3 large sweet potatoes, cut into wedges or rounds
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup crème fraîche
1–2 teaspoons Sriracha

Preheat oven to 400°. Place sweet potatoes on a baking sheet and drizzle with oil; season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat and spread out in a single layer. Roast until golden brown and slightly crispy, 25–35 minutes.

Mix crème fraîche and Sriracha in a small bowl. Serve sweet potato fries with Sriracha crème fraîche for dipping.

  • April 11, 2012 - 8:25 am

    foodwanderings - Bri, you won’t believe how many oven roasted sweet potatoes fries I had this winter. Love the Sriracha twist. Seems like Passover weekend was full of monumental celebrations with your family. I love how you are so close to them even as a grown up (well, sort of a grown up, I won’t quit calling you baby boi!:)ReplyCancel

  • April 11, 2012 - 8:34 am

    sreebindu - yummiest =)

  • April 11, 2012 - 8:41 am

    daisy - gotta love sweet potato fries! i like the shot with the newspaper.ReplyCancel

  • April 11, 2012 - 9:07 am

    thelittleloaf - These look wonderful. I’ve made chunky sweet potato chips a number of times, but never shoe string fries like this, yum!ReplyCancel

  • April 11, 2012 - 9:20 am

    Winnie - These look amazing! So jealous you got to see Book of Mormon!ReplyCancel

  • April 11, 2012 - 11:24 am

    Kaitlin - Sweet potato fries are just the best, I absolutely love them! The Sriracha Creme Fraiche sounds amazing too!ReplyCancel

  • April 11, 2012 - 11:43 am

    Kiri W. - I love sweet potato fries, but this gorgeous Sriracha creme fraiche is what truly makes me drool. Sounds perfect!ReplyCancel

  • April 11, 2012 - 12:15 pm

    Priscilla M - I seriously just made some sweet potato chips yesterday and thought about some dipping (with a little kick) to go with them. Will try this next time. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • April 11, 2012 - 1:10 pm

    kelsey - So so so want to see the Book of Mormon. And your fries are literally perfect. I always rush through the cutting and they end up being too big and don’t blacken quite the way I like.ReplyCancel

  • April 11, 2012 - 2:05 pm

    Steph@stephsbitebybite - These look insanely delicious!! That dipping sauce has got me drooling!ReplyCancel

  • April 11, 2012 - 2:32 pm

    Sara{OneTribeGourmet} - Oh my..as soon as I read Sriracha and creme fraiche..I rushed over…absolutely delicious sauce with the fries!ReplyCancel

  • April 11, 2012 - 2:55 pm

    Nisrine M. - I love these fries, Bryan. And the spicy creme fraiche dip sounds absolutely fab!!ReplyCancel

  • April 11, 2012 - 3:54 pm

    Molly - Book of Mormon is on my wish list. I just read somewhere that there is going to be a national tour and it’s coming to Boston. I worry those shows will be sold out as well.

    Now, here’s the sticky thing about sriracha and Passover: Almost everything that is processed and in a package has to be certified kosher for Passover. There’s always a slight chance something happened in the factory that day and some random piece of chametz fell in a vat and contaminated the whole pot. Sure, it’s a pretty ridiculous idea, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles. (Not on Passover, of course.)This sounds fantastic, with or without the sriracha.ReplyCancel

  • April 11, 2012 - 4:00 pm

    Eileen - Those fries look perfect! They remind me of the yam fries with spicy mayo at Seva restaurant in Ann Arbor, MI. Why have I not thought to make a similarly spicy sauce with Sriracha?ReplyCancel

  • April 11, 2012 - 4:07 pm

    Lora @cakeduchess - It sounds like your weekend was wonderful. I saw that gorgeous photo of you and your mom…so sweet. I need a plate of these crispy and flavorful fries with that Sriracha Creme Fraiche …YUM!!:)ReplyCancel

  • April 11, 2012 - 4:12 pm

    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic - I love adding sriracha to low fat mayo and Greek yogurt to make a quick sauce, but adding it to creme fraiche takes it to another level!ReplyCancel

  • April 11, 2012 - 6:07 pm

    Carolyn - You said the magic words… Sriracha. Okay the magic word.ReplyCancel

  • April 11, 2012 - 6:10 pm

    Kristen - Happy to hear your thoughts on The Book of Mormon!
    What a lovely way to make sweet potatoes. Looks so good, Brian!ReplyCancel

  • April 11, 2012 - 6:15 pm

    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. - You had me at “sweet potato” fabulous!!ReplyCancel

  • April 11, 2012 - 7:51 pm

    Amy @ FragrantVanillaCake - I love sweet potato fries! That sriracha creme fraiche is a perfect accompaniment to them, just delicious :)!ReplyCancel

  • April 11, 2012 - 8:19 pm

    Kaitlin - These look incredible! And – what luck – I’ve got all the ingredients to make them. Thanks for the recipe!ReplyCancel

  • April 11, 2012 - 8:31 pm

    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - I must have that sriracha crème fraîche! I can’t tell you how insanely good that sounds.ReplyCancel

  • April 11, 2012 - 8:34 pm

    MikeVFMK - Yes. This. Love sweet potato fries but it is the siracha that has me intrigued. Great idea and pics, B!ReplyCancel

  • April 11, 2012 - 9:42 pm

    Sneh | Cook Republic - This flavour combination has my tastebuds piqued!ReplyCancel

  • April 11, 2012 - 11:59 pm

    what katie's baking - my mouth is watering.ReplyCancel

  • April 12, 2012 - 6:54 am

    Aggie - Can I have these for breakfast? Because they are exactly what I want right now. The sriracha dipping sauce is pretty amazing.ReplyCancel

  • April 12, 2012 - 11:41 am

    Bunkycooks - We just had sweet potato fries two night ago. Love that they are so easy and good for you. I’m sure the dipping sauce adds a nice kick to the fries.ReplyCancel

  • April 12, 2012 - 1:21 pm

    Becs@Lay the table - Such a good idea to add the sriracha to creme fraiche for extra dipping potential! I usually make wedges of out of sweet potatoes but cutting them a bit thinner so they get crispy edges look good.ReplyCancel

  • April 12, 2012 - 1:31 pm

    Katie@Cozydelicious - I love the idea of a creamy, spicy, tangy tip for sweet potato fries! What a great combo! Yum!ReplyCancel

  • April 12, 2012 - 2:01 pm

    Vijitha - I love sweet potatoes. From the time I made few healthy changes to my lifestyle, I making dishes out of sweet potatoes and purple potatoes when I crave for some starch (other than rice/pasta). I love the sriracha flavor and I have some sweet potatoes baking now (yes, I have increased the temp to 400F today). Will let you know whether it turned out as crispy as yours.ReplyCancel

  • April 12, 2012 - 3:03 pm

    kale - I love sweet potato fries. Love that added kick of Sriracha, I’ll have to try that!ReplyCancel

  • April 12, 2012 - 7:59 pm

    Emily @ Life on Food - I just don’t know what to say other than I like every part of this recipe. Looks like a snack I would truly enjoy.ReplyCancel

  • April 13, 2012 - 9:01 am

    Joanne - I’ve been DYING to see book of mormon but, well. tickets are harder to come by than reservations at The French Laundry. That might not be entirely true…but it’s close. That, and my friends are not big planner-aheaders.

    Sweet potato fries = pure, true love. Srirache creme fraiche = genius.ReplyCancel

  • April 14, 2012 - 8:51 am

    @SmithBitesProf - A great simple sauce. We had a vegan version of this at Chrissy Hynde’s (of The Pretenders fame) restaurant VegiTerranean in Akron, Ohio. Sadly its doors are now closed. But, we will definitely try this recipe.ReplyCancel

  • April 14, 2012 - 12:01 pm

    Kiki - Just found your yummy blog!!!!
    A big hello from the other side of the big ocean,

  • April 14, 2012 - 3:11 pm

    the wanna be country girl - Wow! I wish I had some of your sweet potato fried right now. They’re wonderful looking. They’d be great with salmon burgers. Thanks for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • April 14, 2012 - 9:10 pm

    Rosie @ Sweetapolita - Ooh, these look amazing! The first time I had sweet potato fries was in Victoria, British Columbia at the cutest little cafe, about 15 years ago. I’ll never forget it because it was life-changing! I’ve loved them ever since and eat them any chance I get. Yours, of course, look incredible and I’m really curious to try Sriracha Creme Fraiche. Actually, I only discovered Sriracha a few short months ago, and I started putting it on everything! Love your photos and your words, as always. Sounds like a great time in NJ! xoReplyCancel

  • April 15, 2012 - 1:31 am

    Diane {Created by Diane} - oh my two wonderful flavors together, I’m in snack heaven!ReplyCancel

  • April 15, 2012 - 7:30 pm

    Katie - Three of my favorite foods! I will definitely have to try this.ReplyCancel

  • April 16, 2012 - 1:24 am

    Kasey - I find myself making sweet potato fries (baked) on a regular basis, but have NEVER thought to pair them with srircacha…and creme fraiche?! Yes please! Hope you had a wonderful holiday with your family! xoReplyCancel

  • April 17, 2012 - 12:44 am

    Andrew Frishman - Mnnn. . . I LOVES me some fries, especially when they are sweet!

    Picante y cremosa – que suena como un partido en el purgatorio.ReplyCancel

  • April 17, 2012 - 8:52 am

    kita - Love the new logo! :)ReplyCancel

  • April 18, 2012 - 9:38 am

    Russell - Yum! Cute styling on the newspaper.ReplyCancel

  • May 27, 2012 - 9:28 pm

    Elizabeth - I love sweet potato fries!ReplyCancel

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