I’ll be the first to admit that mornings are not my favorite. Not my favorite. At. All. But if there’s one thing that’s always had the power to make me get out of bed (besides a free puppy), it’s the smoky-sweet aroma of home fries crisping in the oven.
Luckily for me, I live with a guy who loves to get up each morning before I do, and he just so happens to cook the crispiest, tenderest, tastiest paleo sweet potato home fries in the history of mankind.
I understand that sounds like hyperbole, but I promise you: it’s hyperbole well-earned. Over the years, Marc and I have slowly perfected his home fry recipe, trying out literally dozens of spice mixtures, cooking oils, and baking times. Here, I’m sharing with you the sum of the hard work we’ve done to perfect the elusive paleo home fry. For it is very hard work to bake and eat delicious, crispy home fries so many mornings in a row. Most difficult work, indeed.
My favorite part about sweet potato home fries is that their inherent sweetness balances perfectly with a kick of spice (from the cayenne pepper) and the savory elements (pepper, garlic, and salt) of the dish. Paired with fried eggs, breakfast sausage, and bacon, these home fries always make me feel like I’m devouring a major cheat meal.
If that’s not grain-free cooking success, then I don’t know what is.
- 1 large or 2 medium sweet potatoes
- 2 Tbs. olive oil
- 2 pinches of cayenne pepper
- ½ tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. black pepper
- ¼ tsp. garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Slice the sweet potatoes lengthwise once. Then slice widthwise into small, thin cubes. Try to make all of the cubes roughly the same thickness, so that they all cook at the same rate.
- TIME SAVER, STEP 1: If you're running short on time, as we often are during breakfast time, you'll want to microwave your sweet potatoes before placing them in the oven. Simply place your sweet potato cubes onto a large, microwave-safe plate, and microwave for about 5 minutes, until sweet potato is tender but still firm.
- TIME SAVER, STEP 2: Place microwaved sweet potatoes in a mixing bowl, and add olive oil, salt, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and garlic powder. Mix with a wooden spoon.
- TIME SAVER, STEP 3: Place seasoned home fries on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 450 degrees for about 25 minutes. Midway through cooking time, toss home fries with a spatula to help them brown on all sides. Before removing from oven, broil on high for a few minutes, keeping watch to prevent home fries from burning. When finished, home fries will be golden brown, crispy outside, and tender inside.
- If you have some time to spare, you'll want to avoid the microwave (it can make the home fries taste just a tad less freshly baked, after all) and get those sweet potatoes straight into the oven on a parchment-lined baking sheet after slicing them up, seasoning them with cayenne pepper, salt, black pepper, and garlic powder, and mixing in the olive oil.
- Bake un-microwaved home fries at 450 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Midway through cooking time, toss home fries with a spatula to help them brown on all sides. Finish under a high broil for a few minutes, watching to make sure the home fries don't burn. Serve immediately with organic ketchup, fried eggs, and your choice of sausage or bacon. (Or use them as a scrumptious side dish at lunch or dinner!) Good morning, afternoon, and evening to you!
Let us know how much you loved these paleo sweet potato home fries! More breakfast recipes coming soon, straight from Marc’s early-morning cooking pan to your lovely kitchen.