Mardi Gras Food & Drink ~ Roasted Cajun Sweet Potato Fries & Hurricanes


Today is the last day of Mardi Gras ~ time to pull out all the stops & go for broke!  If you are still looking for a little something to spice up your meal & cool down the heat ~ I've got a few favorites of ours to share.

I really like Cajun Sweet Potato 'Fries' The Cajun spice is perfect with the sweet potato flavor.  Since I roast them in the oven, they do not come out crispy like french fries, but are softer. That is fine with us, we still pick them up & dip them like regular fries.  They are also low fat since I toss them with just a bit of olive oil before roasting.  J really likes them, surprising since they have a bite.  Lucky for me ~ he is an adventurous eater for a 7 year old.  I couldn't keep him out of the plate of 'fries' I made for this post, I had to snap the pictures quick.  :)

Let's not forget the favorite cocktail of Mardi Gras ~the Hurricane Perfect with all with the spicy food that is being consumed today.  Nothing beats a good, fruity, rum drink to make you think of warm weather & slow Southern style.  Let's crank up the jazz and...

                ~~~  ~~~  Laissez les bon temps rouler!  ~~~ ~~~

Mardi Gras Treats ~ Roasted Cajun Sweet Potato 'Fries' & Hurricane

Cajun Sweet Potato 'Fries' with Spicy Ranch Dipping Sauce
serves 2-3

Slice like french fries
for sweet potato 'fries'
2 large       sweet potatoes, peeled
1 tbsp         olive oil
1/2 tsp        Cajun spice mix (or to taste)

-                 Pam cooking oil spray
-                 extra Cajun Spice to sprinkle
-                 salt & pepper, to taste

Spice it up!
for dip
2 tbsp     yogurt
1 tbsp     ranch dressing
1 tbsp     ketchup
-                few drops Louisiana Hot Pepper Sauce (or to taste)
-                salt & pepper, to taste

1)   preheat oven to 425

2)   slice sweet potatoes into french fry sized strips, toss with oil  & spices
3)   spray cast iron skillet or pan with  Pam & put spiced fries in a single layer

4)   bake for 20 minutes & then turn fries; bake for additional 20 minutes

5)   while fries are roasting, mix all dip ingredients & keep in fridge until
      ready to eat

6)   when fries are done sprinkle with additional spice,
      salt & pepper if desired

7)   serve with dip ~ Enjoy!

Roasted Cajun Sweet Potato 'Fries'
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