Spicy, fiery, sweet, not fried.
This week in my intro to recreation / tourism / and hospitality class we had an uh-mazing guest speaker! She was great. She wrote her dissertation on culinary tourism around the world. I could have listened to her speak all day. One of the most powerful points that she discussed was the ability that food can bring people together from all around the world. Food is quite frankly the most common ground between all people.
Everyone has to eat. Your first date with someone: you go out to dinner. An interview with a boss: over a cup of coffee and a croissant. Thanksgiving: well, you get it.
The thought of bringing people together through food is so simple. It's beautiful.
It's a way of getting to know one another and sharing your culture with others and being immersed in someone else's world. Whether its the most expensive steak you have ever had in your life or your late night del taco run after a night out, it is shared with others. There are meals that discuss the most serious of topics and meals where you think you might blow water out your nose because of the laughter that is shared.
Food brings people together in the most simplest of ways.
This is why I love to cook, but more importantly why I love to cook for the people in my life.
I know, quite a serious post for some sweet potato fries ;) As a food blogger, I've realized the story behind the food is just as important as the food itself.
Sweet potato fries are simple, but this recipe steps them up a notch. A spice blend of cinnamon, pepper and paprika gives them a swift flavor kick in the right direction.
Cinnamon Spice Sweet Potato Fries
2 Large sweet potatoes cut into thin slices
3 Tablespoons of olive oil
1 Tablespoon of honey or pure maple syrup
1 Teaspoon of kosher salt
1/4 Teaspoon of cinnamon
1/4 Teaspoon of paprika
1/4 Teaspoon of black pepper
2 Pinches of red pepper flake
+ Cinnamon Ketchup
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees fahrenheit. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper
In a large bowl combine and toss all of your ingredients very well making sure all of the spices are evenly distributed
Arrange fries on two baking sheets so there is space in between each piece, allowing them not to touch. This will allow them to cook more evenly.
Place in the middle rack of an oven and bake 20-25 minutes.
Serve with cinnamon flavored ketchup - 1/4 cup ketchup + 1 teaspoon of cinnamon