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Rosemary Garlic Sweet Potato Fries

My Yanni and I have a favorite local restaurant here in town called Northstar. Let me just tell you, it’s fabulous! Their food is all organic, fresh and incredible every time. We both adore their rosemary garlic sweet potato fries. I could just eat a whole entire plate of those fries and nothing else and be as happy as a little lark.

Well, until I start craving their black bean burger with extra pickle or start dreaming about the turkey chop salad with granny smith apples and blue cheese.

But this post is about the sweet potato fries, so I’ll carry on.

Every single time we go there to eat, I comment, in between bites of divine sweet potato fries, that I simply MUST make the fries for all of us to enjoy at home.

And guess what? This is your lucky day, because I did make them and they were fabulous.

Trust me on this.

First you must get your hands on some sweet potatoes. I bought two 120z bags of pre-cut fresh sweet potato fries from Trader Joe’s (next time may buy 3 or 4 bags because we ALL devoured them).  You can find them in the refrigerated section. I liked the size of the slices, not too big, not too small. But if you prefer slicing them yourself, well then by all means, please do.

All that you’ll need in addition to the sweet potatoes, is one bunch of rosemary, about 5 cloves of garlic (more if you like) extra virgin olive oil and some coarse salt.

Now, grab the olive oil and a big bowl.

And pour the olive oil all over those darling little slices of sweet potato.

Don’t be shy, make sure that there’s enough to coat all of the slices evenly.

Next grab your garlic and rosemary…

Make sure to take a big whiff of the rosemary, it’s good for your memory.

Well, I’m not exactly sure if it’s really good for your memory, but I do know that the memories of the scent will keep a smile on your face all day long.

So sniff away.

Peel the garlic. I left mine whole because that’s what Northstar did, but once again you do what makes your little heart happy. Slice away if you wish!

Now cut your rosemary in 3-4 inch pieces.

Grab a few generous pinches of salt and sprinkle them over the top.

Now  push up your sleeves and toss a few times with your hands.

Evenly spread the sweet potatoes, garlic and rosemary mixture on a cookie sheet.

Cook at 400º F. for 20 minutes, then give the fries a little flip and cook for 10-15 more minutes until they’re nice and golden brown.

Voila! You now have mouth watering rosemary garlic sweet potato fries at your finger tips!

The most difficult part is waiting until they’ve cooled enough to enjoy. I learned that the hard way.

But it was so worth it!



Rosemary Garlic Sweet Potato Fries Recipe


2  120z bags of sweet potato fries
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
5 garlic cloves (more if you like)
1 bunch of rosemary
2 generous pinches of coarse salt


-Begin by preheating your oven to 400º F.

-Peel the garlic

-Rinse, pat dry and cut rosemary stalks into 3-4 inch pieces

-Put sweet potato fries in a bowl, add all other ingredients and toss well, make sure to cover slices evenly

-Spread evenly on a cookie sheet

Cook for 20 minutes, then give the fries a good toss and cook for 10-15 minutes longer until golden brown

-When done, cool (so you don’t burn your mouth like I did) and enjoy!


1 Potato, 2 Potato, Sweet Potato, 4…

My Yanni is an awesome cook and an EXCEPTIONAL grill master! When it comes to the grill, he’s in charge… Yes honey, I said it out loud,

“You’re in charge of the grill”.

I bow down to you almighty grill master… you can do no wrong on the grill…you are my big strong grill master, I am so lucky to have thee.

O.k. enough said. (did I lay it on a bit too to thick?)

All joking aside, he really is phenomenal when it comes to his grill. (And it’s a good thing too, because he switched to a charcoal grill last year, and I couldn’t start the blasted thing if my life depended on it. )

About two summers ago or so, My Yanni came up with this delicious Spicy Sweet Potato recipe and it’s been a show stopper ever since! Wait until you see how easy and fun it is! (unless you have to start a charcoal grill of course).

You’ll need sweet potatoes (as many as you think will happily fill the bellies of all involved in eating them). We used 4, which makes one potato per person, ( 1 potato, 2 potato, 3 potato….4) Make sure to have enough… I’m just sayin’ they really are grilldillyicious and everyone will be wanting their fair share!

Grab a cutting board a bowl, and a sharp knife.

Next, slice the sweet potatoes into 1 inch rounds (I would like to take this moment to thank My Yanni for not only this recipe, but also his willingness to be my hand model and slicer).


Thank you to My Yanni, my grill master and now hand model and slicer.

Now grab some extra virgin olive oil, coarse salt (which is hiding down inside that cute little milk glass ramekin that was not filled to the top for this photo) and some cayenne pepper.

Slather the olive oil all over those sweet potatoes, and shake a generous amount of cayenne pepper and a pinch or two of salt.

Again, thanks to My  Yanni for his tireless efforts in assisting me as my hand model and oh yes, my almighty grill master. And cayenne pepper shaker.

The sweet potatoes should look something like this moments before they meet the grill.

Note: and your dog should look something like that…all “who me?” in the distance waiting for a morsel of yummyness to fall to the ground.

Place the sweet potatoes on the grill and let them cook about 10 minutes on each side until they get beautiful and puffy…

two words that don’t sound nearly as pleasant when used in a sentence that describes myself however.

The end result should look something like this…

gorgeous crispy, salty, spicy on the outside and sweet tender melt in your mouth on the inside.

So whaddaya waiting for?



Here’s the fun and easy recipe, no “grill master” abilities necessary!

Spicy Sweet Potatoes

You’ll need:

  • Sweet potatoes (about 1 per person)
  • olive oil
  • course salt
  • cayenne pepper

Slice potatoes in to 1 inch rounds, mix with enough olive oil to generously coat each slice. Sprinkle some cayenne generously (I like it hot) all over the slices and throw in a few pinches of salt.

Place slices on a hot grill, cook 10 minutes on each side, until they develop gorgeous grill marks and look slightly puffy.


Also, if you’re looking for other grill recipes, check out  Our Homeschool Home!