August 30, 2011

Grilled Sweet Potato Beer Fries

Sweet potatoes are amazing.

I haven't always thought that. They used to make me gag. Then I discovered I could roast them instead of mushing them up and covering them in sugar. I think they're much better as a savory food than sweet.

That's saying a lot because I have one mega huge sweet tooth.

A few weeks ago, right after I found the recipe, we tried Sweet Potato Beer Fries from They were delicious, of course, as all roasted sweet potatoes are, but they didn't have as much beer flavor as I was expecting. In fact, I only tasted a verrrrrry slight hint of beer. I was expecting more of the beer bread flavor, where you get the smell/hint of beer in every bite. Maybe I should have soaked them longer? I love Ashley's recipes and these were seriously delicious. We scarfed up every bite! I just craved more beer flavor & wanted to grill them.

We decided to go back to our favorite, Baked Curry Sweet Potato Fries from I simplified Joy's recipe a litte, skipping the egg white, the turmeric & the yogurt sauce. I just toss the sweet potato slices with the seasonings, lay them on a sprayed baking sheet, and lightly spray them. Seriously delicious. You must try these.

But then I kept thinking about the beer fries and how I wanted to try again. Soaking the potatoes reminded me of the Grilled Salt & Vinegar Potatoes we tried & loved from I played around with a few deas, and here's what I discovered.

As you can see from the pictures, we used a combination of sweet potatoes and white potatoes for this batch. The sweet potatoes definitely won my vote, but in case you were thinking about substituting white potatoes, I wanted to see how they compared. I didn't get as much of the hint of beer, so they might need to soak in it a little longer than the sweet potatoes. Let me know if you try it and get better results than I did!

To make your sweet potatoes have that hint of beer, you only need 2 ingredients. Sweet potatoes & beer. Easy? I thought so! Oh, and you need a grill. But it's summer, so that's easy, too.

Pure deliciousness.

Grilled Sweet Potato Beer Fries
Serves 2-4

2 or 3 large sweet potatoes
1 12oz bottle of beer (We used Yuengling Lager. Yum!)

Cut the ends off of the sweet potatoes and cut in half. Cut each half into wedges about 1/2" thick. Place wedges in a medium saucepan and pour in the beer. Cover with lid and bring to a boil. Once boiling, stir potatoes and then simmer for 7 minutes. Stir again and simmer another 7 minutes. Turn off heat, remove cover, stir and let set for 15 minutes or until ready to grill. Potatoes should be tender but not mushy. Drain potatoes and place in a grill basket. Grill on medium-high heat for 10 minutes, tossing occasionally.

Question: What's your favorite way to eat potatoes? Do you like regular or sweet potatoes more?


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