Let’s eat french fries.

No… really.

Wait. I know. These aren’t really french fries. They are oven fries which are never nearly as fab but are much simpler especially when you have a spastic fear of splattering oil and are just generally… lazy. Let’s eat them anyway.

Right now, I am craving a date of cheese fries and diet Coke. Mentally and emotionally. And… palate-ly? Metaphorically? Whatever. All of the above. Specifically I’d like some of those cheese fries from Shake Shack – not exactly the fries that I love but that cheese? It’s got to be laced with some sort of drug. Ugh! So good.

These will have to do for now. French fry date?

If we do that, I could tell you how many sheets of sweet potato “fries” I’ve made in the last five years. They somehow ended up as a requirement in this house and while it’s easy to tire of them, I have seasoned the HECK out of those babies with everything imaginable. Really, I don’t think I’ve left any stone (spice?) unturned when it comes to piling on flavor. Which is weird, because these specific ones end up being sort of… simple. Although I think we all can agree when you add minced garlic to warm butter, that flavor is anything but simple.

Does anyone even really care about the fries though? Like the aforementioned cheese drug, the dip is where it’s at. I really wanted a creamy feta dip after taking down what one can only assume was my 83rd container of that Trader Joe’s mediterranean feta dip, which honestly was not that difficult because I slathered it on everything. Ew. Slathered. Add that to the list of words that makes my skin crawl.

I used that feta dip for anything and everything – a dip, a spread, a puffy white hat on a tiny silver spoon – and wanted to try making something slightly similar so I could keep it in my life. Can we talk about versatility? As expected, I’ve been using this on… my entire life…  and still have a good bit left in the fridge. It’s my new favorite thing.

At least until my next favorite thing comes along.

You know, which will probably happen in five minutes.


Garlic Butter Sweet Potato Fries with Creamy Feta Dip

Yield: serves about 2

Total Time: 55-60 minutes


3 large sweet potatoes, peeled (if desired) and sliced into thin 1/2-inch (thick) strips
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 garlic cloves finely minced or pressed
1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley
3 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro
3 tablespoons freshly chopped basil

creamy feta dip
8 ounce feta block, crumbled
3/4 cup full-fat or 2% plain Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire rack on top. Spray the rack with nonstick spray. Set aside. Heat butter in a small saucepan (or the microwave) until just melted. Remove from any heat and then add in garlic cloves, stirring well

Rinse sweet potatoes well with water then pat completely dry with towels. Add to a large bowl and toss with olive oil, garlic butter, salt and pepper. Toss very well to coat. Spread sweet potatoes out in a single layer on the wire rack. Bake for 20 minutes, remove and toss, then bake for 15-20 minutes longer. Sometimes I check within 10 minutes and toss again, and occasionally after the 15-20 minutes, I give them another 5-10 or so. I know using a wire rack can be a pain but it really helps crisp all sides. Try not to crowd the sweet potatoes and if necessary, use a second sheet/rack.

Remove and let cool slightly. Remove the wire rack or place on a large plate and cover in parmesan and fresh herbs, tossing and tossing to coat. If needed, season a bit more too. You can even add some more garlic butter if you wish. Dip in creamy feta!

creamy feta dip
Combine all ingredients together and mix well. I took a bit of the herb/parmesan topping from the baking sheet and threw it on top!

I think I am going to garlic butter everything from now on. Yep, making it a verb.

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101 Responses to “Garlic Butter Sweet Potato Fries with Creamy Feta Dip.”

  1. #
    Kristen @ notsodomesticated — January 10, 2013 @ 7:54 am

    These actually look like regular fries! I’m surprised to see that you made them in the oven. Either way, they look delicious!


  2. #
    Madison — January 10, 2013 @ 7:55 am

    Wow! One would not think about sweet potato and feta as a combo naturally–but now that I think about it now: it sounds like a great combination. I cannot wait to give this a try!


  3. #
    Liz — January 10, 2013 @ 8:04 am

    Garlic definitely makes everything better – especially when sweet potato fries are involved. Love the feta dip accompaniment too!


  4. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — January 10, 2013 @ 8:20 am

    To be honest, I actually like oven fries way more than french fries! Speaking of seasoning, have you tried the Costco Kirkland brand organic salt-free seasoning? It’s sort of become a food group in my diet. Heaps of that + sweet potato wedges = true bliss. You’ve gotta try it!


  5. #
    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — January 10, 2013 @ 8:21 am

    Big Giant Heart. LOVE these! Can I come over for lunch? Seriously. I bring chocolate peanut butter something?!


  6. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — January 10, 2013 @ 8:22 am

    I am sooooooooooo wanting french fries right now!! Dam!! I want to call in sick to work so I can spend all day making fries and eating them, while watching soap operas and the Price is Right! lol Love the recipe!


  7. #
    Alicia Greenrabbit — January 10, 2013 @ 8:45 am

    I want to eat the pictures off of my screen, this looks so good!


  8. #
    Mary-Where's the Zoom — January 10, 2013 @ 8:46 am

    THIS will be a part of my Superbowl spread. Thank you! My sweet potato fries are always semi-soggy. Will try the rack next time!


  9. #
    Brie @ Entrée the Giant — January 10, 2013 @ 9:11 am

    Your pictures are the epitome of food porn. I almost feel pervy looking at them, but I just can’t stop and I don’t care who sees me staring/salivating.


  10. #
    Cookin Canuck — January 10, 2013 @ 9:11 am

    These would be perfect for a French fry date. Those crispy fries with that creamy dip? Heaven!


  11. #
    Ali @ Peaches and Football — January 10, 2013 @ 9:14 am

    I love sweet potatoes! My roomie in college used to cut up sweet potatoes and cover them in all kinds of spices and then bake them. They were amazing but I’ve never tried making any kind of fry myself. I really should – it’s so much more fun than a baked or mashed potato!


  12. #
    Luv What You Do — January 10, 2013 @ 9:21 am

    Those fries look unbelievable. I could eat the entire plate!!!


  13. #
    Brandi @ New 30 Something — January 10, 2013 @ 9:31 am

    OMG, these fries… THAT dip! This looks amazing! Why do you do this to me when I’m full-on diet mode?!


  14. #
    Erin@LawStudentsWife — January 10, 2013 @ 9:40 am

    Right after I dunk my fry into that dip, I’m dunking my face. Just kidding, but seriously.


  15. #
    Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots — January 10, 2013 @ 9:46 am

    garlic makes everything better!!


  16. #
    lucy — January 10, 2013 @ 10:06 am

    the photography! amazing!


  17. #
    bridget {bake at 350} — January 10, 2013 @ 10:08 am

    I want to garlic butter everything now, too! And, I want this for lunch. Every. Day.


  18. #
    Lindsay — January 10, 2013 @ 10:12 am

    I LOVE seasoning my sweet potato fries with old bay and making dip of yogurt + chipotle yummm


  19. #
    Becky @ Olives n Wine — January 10, 2013 @ 10:13 am

    This looks ridiculous! The fries… the spread… I love feta and I find all reasons and excuses to eat it. Your recipe will be no exception.


  20. #
    Brian @ A Thought For Food — January 10, 2013 @ 10:15 am

    I think I’m in love… it doesn’t help that I haven’t had breakfast yet and probably won’t get to eating until later this afternoon. Torture!


    • Jessica — January 10th, 2013 @ 10:35 am

      later this afternoon?! WHAT. does not compute.


  21. #
    Annie @ What's Annie Making? — January 10, 2013 @ 10:19 am

    Yummm! I love making sweet potato fries but my hubby is the self-proclaimed dip master and never knows what condiment to pair them with. I’ll have to give this a try!


  22. #
    Ashley — January 10, 2013 @ 10:20 am

    Everything about the dip + fries sounds perrrrfect. I made an addicting dip/topping for the Greek doughnuts which consisted of mixing feta + cream cheese together with a few spices. Yeaaah, you can dip exactly ANYthing into it for a delicious treat.


  23. #
    Katie — January 10, 2013 @ 10:28 am

    Oh heavens. I’ve never wanted to be your next door neighbor as badly as I do right this second.


  24. #
    danielle — January 10, 2013 @ 10:28 am

    I could probably eat my weight in sweet potato fries – I cant wait to try them with this dip!


  25. #
    Heidi @foodiecrush — January 10, 2013 @ 10:29 am

    I’ll bring the diet coke and the thesaurus to find a new word for ‘slathered’.


  26. #
    Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} — January 10, 2013 @ 10:29 am

    These fries look awesome! I gave up making baked sweet potato fries because they always turn out so limp… but maybe a rack is the secret? Yours look crispy and amazing.


    • Jessica — January 10th, 2013 @ 10:34 am

      I do think the rack is key – and the olive oil. And high heat!


  27. #
    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — January 10, 2013 @ 10:52 am

    LOVE that you used Greek Yogurt rather than extra mayo and/or sour cream – it’s my fav healthy substitution ingredient around!!! So yumms :)


  28. #
    Julie — January 10, 2013 @ 11:16 am

    Using the wire rack to make the fries crispy on all sides = genius!


  29. #
    Julie — January 10, 2013 @ 11:17 am

    Jessica, I just wanted to tell you that you inspired me to start watching Felicity since apparently I lived under a rock from 1998 to 2002 and had never seen it. I’m hooked after the first episode and know I’ll be sitting on my couch watching all weekend long!

    I think this feta dip is the perfect date to accompany me ;)


  30. #
    Emma — January 10, 2013 @ 11:19 am

    wait im confused, when you say “Bake for 20 minutes, remove and toss, then bake for 15-20 minutes longer.” do you mean re-toss in the garlic butter/olive oil mixture? or just like shimmy the fries around a bit so that they crisp on all sides…?
    also, this looks amazeee


  31. #
    Brittany from Counting My Cupcakes — January 10, 2013 @ 11:22 am

    I have a crush on you and on this entire post. I hope that doesn’t creep you out too much. I want these fries and dip in my life like…10 seconds ago.


  32. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — January 10, 2013 @ 11:25 am

    YES! Love LOVE LOVE sweet potato fries… and that dip. I DIE. Period. END OF STORY!


  33. #
    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — January 10, 2013 @ 11:40 am

    These look great!!


  34. #
    allie@sweetpotatobites — January 10, 2013 @ 11:41 am

    I love making sweet potato fries but always need something to dip them in. This feta dip is perfect!


  35. #
    Karly — January 10, 2013 @ 11:44 am

    Oh no. Now you’ve done it. Not only did you make sweet potato fries, but you included a delicious dip to go along with them. I’m powerless to resist.


  36. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — January 10, 2013 @ 11:45 am

    You had me at fries…and then you added feta to the mix. YUM


  37. #
    Parker — January 10, 2013 @ 11:50 am

    Gorgeous pictures! And my mouth is already watering just reading the recipes. Feta and fries, here I come.


  38. #
    Little Kitchie — January 10, 2013 @ 11:52 am

    your fries look so crispy!!! mine are always so sad and droopy looking. wah wah.

    and i want a big bowl of that dip right now. just a spoon will be fine.


  39. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — January 10, 2013 @ 12:04 pm

    Ohhhh my god. This is madness!! Love it.


  40. #
    lisag — January 10, 2013 @ 12:07 pm

    Love almost any chips and dip- can’t go wrong!


  41. #
    Cara — January 10, 2013 @ 12:21 pm

    I could eat both the fries and the dip every day. Love the tip to use a wire rack – I can totally see how it would help the taters crisp up.


  42. #
    Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — January 10, 2013 @ 12:35 pm

    If I eliminate the butter, will olive oil still work well on its own? I really want to make these but the butter makes me nervous… haha.


  43. #
    joelle (on a pink typewriter) — January 10, 2013 @ 1:06 pm

    All I can say is YUM.


  44. #
    Carly @ Snack Therapy — January 10, 2013 @ 1:09 pm

    Remind me about these if I ever need a last meal.


  45. #
    Chloe @Ergo-Blog — January 10, 2013 @ 1:10 pm

    Sounds delicious! I’d love to make it!


  46. #
    Mandie @ Oh So Decadent — January 10, 2013 @ 1:34 pm

    I don’t know that I’ve heard of anything better than a garlic butter sweet potato fry. It mashes together all of my favorite things in this world!


  47. #
    Katherine R. — January 10, 2013 @ 1:37 pm

    Well, by combining garlic, butter AND sweet potato fries, it’s safe to say this recipe has just made my life. I typically create my own garlic ketchup (tried it once and a local restaurant and was hooked) to dip my fries in, but I’m pretty sure this recipe just trumped that.


  48. #
    Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen — January 10, 2013 @ 1:42 pm

    INCREDIBLE! I love the way your sweet potato fries curl. I wonder how they make curly ones? Probably magic. Can’t wait to try your festive dip too. :)


  49. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — January 10, 2013 @ 1:51 pm

    That dip would be just PERFECT on them! I love sweet potato fries. They are just the best! And yours are looking so good!


  50. #
    rachel — January 10, 2013 @ 1:52 pm

    oh. my. god.

    are you serious? i want to take a bath in a tub full of this.



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