I’m grilling up another 10lb bag of chicken leg quarters (using the Rosemary Buttermilk soak) and decided that a good accompaniment to the meal would be sweet potatoes. For tonight’s dinner, I’m going to cut them into wedges and grill them. I’m putting a Creole spice mixture on them but feel free to spice them up to your liking – a teaspoon salt, paprika, cumin, chili powder and a pinch of cayenne pepper goes great, too.
You can cook these entirely on the grill – it will take about 40 minutes indirect. However, since most of the grill space will be taken by the chicken, I’m cheating by starting these with a parboil. This way, I can put them on as the chicken comes off and, by the time it is done resting, the sweet potatoes will be ready to serve.
These went so fast, I barely got to grab one for a picture!
Grilled Sweet Potato Fries
4 medium sweet potatoes
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon Creole Seasoning, use your favorite or the recipe below
1 tablespoon brown sugar
Place the sweet potatoes in a large pot of cold water, add a pinch of salt and cook until potatoes are tender, but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain and let cool slightly.
Have your grill set up for both direct and indirect cooking.
While the potatoes are cooling, mix together the seasoning and brown sugar. Fingers work best to take the lumps out.
Slice each potato in half lengthwise then slice each half into four pieces to form wedges. Toss the wedges with 3 tablespoons of oil and season with seasoning mix.
Place over the coals for 2-5 minutes a side to get some nice grill marks. Move to indirect cooking and grill until lightly golden brown and cooked through, about 3-5 minutes more per side.
Remove to a platter and serve.
Creole Seasoning Recipe
1/3 cup Kosher Salt
1/3 cup Paprika
1/4 cup Granulated Garlic
4 tablespoon Onion Powder
1/3 cup freshly ground Black Pepper
3 tablespoons White Pepper
2 tablespoon Cayenne Pepper
2 tablespoons dried Thyme
2 tablespoons dried Basil
1 tablespoon dried Oregano
Combine all ingredients and place in an airtight jar or plastic container. Makes about 2 cups and is good on darn near everything.