Spicy Camote Fries with Fresh Pineapple Salsa

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Spicy Camote Fries with Fresh Pineapple Salsa

Who’s ready for autumn??   (My hand is flying high…)

Here in Philippines it’s not like the seasons never change… but all of them involve some variation of warm, humid weather, with either a lot of rain, or no rain.  It is the tropics after all!  But what we don’t get is that crisp, cool, leaf-scrunching weather that makes you want to put on a sweater and curl up with a bowl of pumpkin soup, a cozy flannel blanket, and a dog-earred copy of Sense & Sensibility.

Spicy Camote Fries with Fresh Pineapple Salsa

So let’s improvise!

I made these spicy camote fries the other day because I wanted something warm, comforting, and orange of all things! Cravings of the season!  “Camote” is the Philippine native sweet potato, low on the glycemic index and high in fiber, beta-carotene, & potassium. They’re very similar to US, Canadian, & Australian orange sweet potatoes, only not quite as moist.  But this quality makes them perfect for baking and roasting, especially with warm, earthy spices like cumin, curry, chili powder, & cinnamon.  They bake up crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, much like a traditional fluffy white potato.  If you use regular sweet potatoes, don’t worry, they’ll be wonderful too… all caramelised and delicious… you can’t go wrong either way.

Fresh Pineapple Salsa

The only thing you could potentially do wrong would be to not make this fresh pineapple salsa to go with your fries… “Now that would be a crying shame!” as my Pa would put it.  These two just belong together as much as regular fries and ketchup.  Only this combo is fancy

Smoky…

Spicy…

Sweet…

Supremely colourful…

And downright addictive!

Spicy Camote Fries with Fresh Pineapple Salsa

So go ahead and make them, it’ll only take you half an hour start to finish.  The potatoes cook in about 20 minutes, giving you plenty of time to chop up your pineapple for the salsa.  And if you have leftovers in that area, not to worry… I have yet to find anything it’s not good on.  Happy snacking, friends!

Spicy Camote Fries with Fresh Pineapple Salsa

 

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