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Potatoes have so many possibilities. So this week, we'll explore a variety of uses for their starchy goodness. This one is an easy make-at-home recipe for fans of restaurant sweet potato fries. It comes from and was originally printed in Gourmet magazine in October of 1992.


1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

3/4 lb. sweet potatoes, scrubbed, left unpeeled, and cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices

Coarse salt for sprinkling the potatoes


In a small bowl whisk together the oil, the butter, and salt and pepper to taste. Arrange the potato slices, not touching, in rows on an oiled baking sheet, brush them with the oil mixture, and roast them in the upper third of a preheated 450 degrees, turning them once with a spatula, for 18 to 22 minutes, or until they are golden and crisp. Transfer the potatoes to paper towels to drain, sprinkle them with the coarse salt and pepper to taste, and serve them warm.

Serves 2.