Sumac Baked Sweet Potatoes with Mint Yogurt Dip makes a great game day snack, appetizer or serve with breaded fish for a different take on fish & chips.

Sumac baked sweet potatoes cut into fries

I’ve been hearing a lot about the spice Sumac the past few months. It’s a Middle Eastern spice that is tangy with a hint of lemon and not at all spicy. It can be used in so many ways to season meat and fish, add to hummus and  season vegetables to add a delicious bright flavor.  

Today, we are making some seasoned baked fries and certainly not forgetting the dip. The dip is a cool and refreshing yogurt mint dip with a hint that is a delicious complement to the lemon sumac flavor and sweet potatoes.

Sweet potatoes are cut into fries coated with sumac

 

For the potatoes I’m using orange and white sweet potatoes for a colorful presentation.  Most people call the orange potatoes sweet potatoes but they are in fact yams. The white potatoes I used are sweet potatoes, but they’re both sweet and both potatoes, so I am now calling them both sweet potatoes (no need to split hairs here).

 

Mint yogurt dip garnished with fresh mint and lemon wedges

Lets talk about the cornstarch used on the potatoes, it’s not just a thickener for sauces. Cornstarch is added to fried chicken batter to make it really crispy and the same is applied here. Sweet potatoes need a little help getting crispy in the oven and coating the potatoes in cornstarch helps achieve the best crispiness we can get. It wont make them as crispy as regular potatoes.

If you’re wondering where to find this amazing sumac spice, I  haven’t started seeing sumac in my regular grocery store, but it is available at Whole Foods and Amazon.

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Yield: 4 people

Sumac Baked Sweet Potatoes with Mint Yogurt Dip

Orange and white baked fries in a basket with yogurt sauce and lemons

Sumac baked sweet potatoes with mint yogurt dip makes a great game day snack, appetizer or serve with breaded fish for a different take on fish & chips.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large sweet potatoes, peeled & cut into 3 x 1/4 inch strips
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 teaspoon sumac
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. To a bowl add the Greek yogurt, mint, lemon juice, vinegar, honey and salt. Mix well and refrigerate.
  3. To a large bowl, add the fries and sprinkle with the corn starch. Toss to coat lightly. Add the oil, sumac and salt, toss to coat well.
  4. Spread the fries onto a large baking sheet, do not crowd so they will crisp. Bake 15 minutes, turn the potatoes and bake 15 minutes more.
  5. Serve warm with the yogurt mint dip.

Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Amount Per Serving Calories 96Saturated Fat 4gCholesterol 3mgSodium 462mgCarbohydrates 5gSugar 3gProtein 7g