Sweet Potato Fries in a Crispy Chilli and Paprika Coating

Having spent this morning swimming then wandering around London for the best part of the day, I fancied a really simple snack: enter these bad boys.  I had them on their own but I would imagine they would be a great side dish to most gastro-pub type mains.  Incredibly easy to make, although I wouldn’t advise as a ‘post-lash’ drunk-eating snack as (and this will sound so patronising but having been in a&e twice due to burns I feel obliged to point out the blatantly obvious) hot fat is seriously dangerous and should be treated with a little respect!  Anyway, less of the crap, on to the food…

You’re gonna need: (based on two portions)

One large sweet potato peeled and cut lengthways into, well, chip shapes!
2 tbsp plain flour
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp chilli powder
Salt and pepper to taste
400ml vegetable oil (I used olive oil this evening but purely because I had no other oil but olive oil – mum, if you’re reading this…Sorry….I will replace it I promise 😉 )

Get a medium sized pan and put on a high heat. In a bowl, mix the dry ingredients together and coat the sweet potato in it. When the oil is hot enough (test using a small wedge of potato, if it bubbles and floats, its hot enough) GENTLY place the potato in the fat using a Skimmer (picture below) and leave until they are golden brown and remove using the Skimmer.




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