Roasted Sweet Potato Fries with Homemade Basil Pesto

I love sweet potatoes and bought a few too many for Thanksgiving… tonight, I whipped up a super quick side dish: roasted sweet potato fries with my homemade pesto sauce. As basil might be my favorite herb, pesto is probably my favorite type of sauce! My pesto makes a few tweaks to the traditional Italian preparation and I think these ingredients make a truly delicious sauce! I’m not going to tell you what to do BUUUUT you should DEFINITELY make it this week… here’s the recipe: 

Roasted Sweet Potato Fries with Homemade Basil Pesto

I love sweet potatoes and bought a few too many for Thanksgiving… tonight, I whipped up a super quick side dish: roasted sweet potato fries with my homemade pesto sauce. As basil might be my favorite herb, pesto is probably my favorite type of sauce! My pesto makes a few tweaks to the traditional Italian preparation and I think these ingredients make a truly delicious sauce! I’m not going to tell you what to do BUUUUT you should DEFINITELY make it this week… here’s the recipe: 

Ingredients
  

2-3 large sweet potatoes

  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients for the pesto:

  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1/4 tsp celtic salt plus more to taste
  • 2 cups fresh basil packed
  • 2 cups spinach packed
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Chilli pepper flakes to taste

Instructions
 

  • After washing and peeling well, slice the sweet potatoes into long, thin fry shapes.
  • Preheat the oven to 400F. Prepare a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a bowl, toss the sliced sweet potatoes well with olive oil and seasonings.
  • Arrange the sweet potatoes in a single layer onto the baking sheet. Try not to crowd the sheet or they won’t bake. Bake at 400F for 25-30 minutes. Flip the fries halfway through and rotate the sheet for even browning.
  • While baking, prepare the pesto sauce by placing all ingredients in a food processor. Pulse until well combined and add olive oil until it reaches your desired consistency.
  • Remove fries from oven and serve the sauce alongside or on top of them. Enjoy!
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