Spicy Sweet Potato Chips (fries)

These are amazing. A Mr G favourite, they are fantastic with meat, a salad and even just for dipping if sliced thin enough. Sweet potatoes are so under used in the U.K.; we are much more likely to buy and use a typical blighty “spud”. Sweet potatoes are so versatile!

This recipe will feed however many people you want it too. I know that sounds vague but it’s true. What I mean is, the size of your sweet potatoes and what you want it be, will influence how many mouths you can feed with one potato. I would make one potato per person as an accompaniment with a meal. Conclude from that what you will.

I should point out that when I make these tasty tatties I wing it with the seasoning. In fact that is my philosophy with most of my cooking, although I do try and keep things measure when I write to you lovely folks.

You will need:

One Potato per person
One tablespoon of low fat oil
Pinch of Salt
Pinch of Pepper.
(One tablespoon Cajun spice – Optional).

Preheat your oven to 200 degrees celsius.

  • Peel and wash the sweet potatoes.

Top Tip: You can leave the skin if you want and actually it is a good source of fibre to do just that!

  • Cut into strip – remember the size and thickness of your chips will determine how long they take.
  • Pop them into an oven tray and add ONE tablespoon of low fat oil.
  • Add salt, pepper and a desired spice – we like to use cajun spice!

  • Mix around with your hands to make sure all the chips are coated.
  • Pop your oven tray into your preheated oven
  • Cook for approx 30-40mins until golden brown.

Now when you take them out don’t worry if they aren’t as solid as a regular chip – the matrix of the potato makes a whole different texture.

Now they aren’t ready to decorate your plate and entice your tastebuds!

For crisps (chips for my overseas friends) just cut the potato in thin strips – even try a vegetable peeler!

So there you have it! Give it a go and let me know what you think!

Any questions, just ask!

Ciao!

We <3 Pizza.

ImageThis is a pizza. I am not going to tell you how to top a pre-bought base, Oh no. I will tell you how I make mine so that you can then pop whatever delightful toppings you want! Sound good? Grand.

Now as you can see, I have made mine into little love hearts because I am a complete sap. However, my mix makes eight small pizzas or about two big ones.

You will need:

200g strong white bread flour
150g self raising flour
Pinch of fast-acting yeast.
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
350ml warm water

For the dough:

  • Flour, yeast and 2 teaspoon salt into a large bowl and mix.
  • Make a well.
  • Mix the oil and water in a jug, then tip into the bowl.
  • Use a wooden spoon to work the liquid into the flour – it will seem pretty wet.
  • Set the bowl aside for 15 mins. Leaving the dough like this will save you from lengthy kneading later.
  • Turn the dough onto a well-floured surface, flour your hands, then knead it very gently for about 2 mins until it is fairly even, soft and bouncy.
  • When ready to cook, heat oven to 240C/220C fan/gas 9 or (as hot as it will go).
  • Dust a baking sheet flour. Split the dough into 8 or however you want them.

Pictured below is my love pizzas done with a cookie cutter.

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So here is the interesting bit – your toppings. Just put on whatever you like. The first picture was home made tomato sauce, cheese and the veggies from the fridge! Peppers, asparagus, tomato. Beautiful. We sometimes mix in a bit of chicken or tuna (all in the name of protein!) and whatever else we fancy.

To make a tomato sauce try a tin of chopped tomatoes, tablespoon of tomato purée and some cooked off onions. I am not going to tell you in stone what else to put in because its all about trial and error for your tastes. I would use salt and pepper, bit of italian seasoning, basil maybe? Depends what kinda mood we are in ; spicy, not spicy.

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT IF YOU ARE USING RAW MEAT IT WILL NEED COOKED SEPERATELY AND ADDED AT THIS POINT!

Once you have your topping organised and ready to go its just a case of popping it onto you pizza base; sauce, cheese, topping and away you go. Cook for about 12 mins in the hot oven until nice and brown round the edge and the cheese is all melted and lovely!! 

This is a super yummy recipe and we use it for packed lunches and dinners.

Again these numbers aren’t 100% and depend on what you use but here’s a rough idea of what your a saving!

231 kcalories, protein 6g, carbohydrate 45g, fat 5 g, saturated fat 1g, fibre 3g, sugar 3g, salt 0.53 g

I have made a couple of extra bases and tried freezing them – this is the first time I have done this so I will let you know how they come out once defrosted!

Hope you enjoy it.

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