Guest Post: Teen Chef Jordan Weber -Sweet Potato Fries with Basil Oil and Feta Cheese 

Hello there! Today marks the first day of a new series of blogposts, Guest Posts. These posts will be shared on the last day of each month and will be written, photographed, and created by another blogger, chef, or amazing cook. To kick off this new culinary adventure,  16 year old Jordan Weber, from Teen Chef Jordan Weber, shares one of her recipes.

I have to admit, just a few years ago, you’d find me at the dinner table an hour after we ate with sweet potato fries on my plate. I wasn’t allowed to have dessert until I finished them, so I’d quietly try to call my dog over without my mom noticing ☺ IMG_1309.jpg

I’ve come a long way since then, largely due to this recipe! My family moved to Canada in 2013, and one of the country’s most famous dishes is “poutine”. If you’d never had it, I highly recommend it. Fries topped with slow-simmered gravy and cheese curds make for a super melty and sloppy dish that probably contains a day’s worth of calories! I set out to develop a recipe that is somewhat healthier. The dish also happened to convert me to a sweet potato lover.

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DSC02069.jpgThis time around, crispy, oven-baked sweet potato fries are topped with a basil-chili-garlic infused olive oil (the “gravy”), with feta cheese, broiled to perfection. With one bite, you will instantly be transported to the streets of Quebec. Unfortunate news for my dog, though.

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Sweet Potato Fries with Basil Oil and Feta Cheese

  • Servings: 1-2, but can easily be doubled!
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients: 

  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 ½ tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped basil
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cooking spray, optional

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cut the sweet potato into fries. (I prefer shorter fries, so I cut the sweet potato in half crosswise, then into strips downwards, then into fries)
  3. In a large plastic bag, toss the fries with the cornstarch, salt pepper, and vegetable oil.
  4. Spread the fries on a greased non-stick baking sheet (cooking spray optional). Make sure the fries are in a single layer or else they will steam.
  5. Place the fries in the oven for about 20 minutes, flipping at 10 minutes.
  6. While the fries are roasting, heat the olive oil, garlic, basil, and chili in a small skillet over low heat. Let cook for 5 minutes.
  7. When the fries and infused oil are done, pour the oil over the fries and top with the feta cheese. Place in the broiler for 1-2 minutes. Enjoy!

 


Check out Jordan’s Website, Teen Chef Jordan Weber, for even more amazing recipes!

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