Chipotle Sweet Potato Wedges

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Photo Ben Gebo Photography

Ben Gebo Photography

STRATEGY SESSION: Although sweet potatoes have a lower glycemic index (GI) than white potatoes, their carbohydrate density (CD) is high.  Since CD and GI both contribute to glycemic load, it’s best not to over-indulge. One way to satisfy  desire with a small quantity is to use heat and spice. Chipotle powder and smoked paprika do the trick in this recipe. I limit calories and fat by using a single tablespoon of macadamia nut oil, the healthiest of all non-olive culinary oils. It complements these flavors better than olive oil would.

 

I guess I’d qualify as a chipotle freak. I keep canned, dried, and powdered forms on hand at all times- and I’m always running out of the canned ones. I use them in soups, stews, sauces, glazes, and- as a recent recipe demonstrates-salad dressings. I love them with chicken, turkey, seafood, pork, veggies, beans, and even fruit. About once a week, I can be found adding chipotle powder to cream cheese that I spread on whole wheat bagels. So, it should come as no surprise that I sprinkle it on oven fries too.

If you cook spicy food, you know that heat goes with sweet, and these potato wedges offer a perfect opportunity. A dusting of brown sugar underscores their natural sweetness, and the chipotle powder brings the heat. Spanish paprika elaborates on the chipotles’ smoke. 

The high GI of white potatoes has put years between me and my last French fry, but they don’t interest me in the least. Now, these bad boys are a different story altogether. They’re crisp at the edges, tender inside, and irresistible all over. Where’s the fat? You’ll never miss it.

Note: If you can’t find sweet potatoes, try jewel yams. They’ll cook in the same amount of time.

 

Chipotle Sweet Potato Wedges 

  • 3 large sweet potatoes or jewel yams, about ¾ pound each, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon macadamia nut oil or canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon chipotle powder, or to taste
  1. Place the rack in the uppermost position and preheat oven to 425° F.
  2. In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine the chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, brown sugar, kosher salt, black pepper, and chipotle powder. Blend well with a wire whisk or fork.
  3. Quarter the potatoes lengthwise and then cut each quarter lengthwise into 2 or 3 wedges about ¹/3 inch thick at the widest point.
  4. Place on a nonstick rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with the oil and toss to coat. Spread the wedges out in single layer, flat side down. Sprinkle evenly with 1/2 the spice mixture. Turn so that the other flat side is down and sprinkle with the remaining spice mixture.
  5. Roast 30 to 40 minutes, turning once or twice, until the wedges are cooked through and lightly browned.

Makes 6 servings

Per serving: 156 calories, 3 g total fat, trace saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 31 g total carbohydrate, 4 g dietary fiber, 3 g protein, 335 mg sodium.

 

 

Comments&Trackbacks

  • September 19 2010, 7:21 PM
    Pretty. Good. Food.

    Mmmm, I love sweet potatoes, what an easy recipe!! Sounds delicious!

  • September 20 2010, 12:50 AM
    Hannah Lurie

    Wow. These look fantastic! While I love sweet potato fries I tire of them easily. This looks like a pretty quick way to jazz them up!

  • September 20 2010, 1:15 AM
    Pam @ Cooking World

    I love baking sweet potatoes fries, this one looks spicy and yummy, unlike many baked version! healthy and great looking, what more can we ask for?

  • September 21 2010, 6:13 PM
    [email protected]

    I am addicted to chipotle too… it is one of my favorite flavors on everything. I love the idea of sweet potatoes with chipotle spice…would a squeeze of lime at the end throw the index off??

  • September 21 2010, 6:54 PM
    Deborah

    It won’t have any effect on the index (if, by that, you mean the glycemic index), but I’m not sure how it would affect taste and texture. Water (which is essentially what lime juice is) doesn’t usually help texture. But, who knows, maybe it would be great.
    Deborah

  • September 22 2010, 3:47 PM
    oneshotbeyond

    look so good to me!

  • October 15 2010, 3:35 PM
    Kathryn

    That looks incredible! I recently made sweet potato bisque with clementines and sage and loved it. You should try it out!

  • July 14 2011, 9:21 AM
    Meg

    I made these for dinner last night… Yummy… Since the weather has been pretty warm and humid… turning on the oven was not an option… so I diced the potatoes and pan fried them… Served with a grilled pork chop… like I said… YUMMY!! My husband went back for seconds and ate what was left… the bum!!

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