Batata Fries

DSC_0111You say potato, I say batata!  I’ve mentioned before that one of my goals for 2011 is to try at least one new-to-me fruit or vegetable each month.  I’m having a ton of fun with this goal—so far I’ve tried edamame, yellow cherry tomatoes, figs, parsnips, and most recently, batatas!

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I stumbled upon batatas last week while perusing the produce aisles of the Disneyworld of grocery stores, Wegmans.  The veggie’s strong resemblance to a regular sweet potato caught my eye, and, as it turns out, a batata is a Caribbean sweet potato. 

Since oven fries are my favorite way to enjoy potatoes, I decided to give the batata a try in fry form.  The fries worked out great – I found them to have a somewhat nuttier taste than a traditional sweet potato. 

I’m definitely adding batatas to my potato rotation!  For fun, I’ve included what I find to be the best way to prepare oven fries.  Enjoy!

Batata Fries

Serves 2

  • 2 small batatas, cleaned
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

Heat oven to 450 degrees F. 

Cut batata crosswise into 1/2-inch slices.  Fill medium saucepan with water; place cut batata slices in water.  Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce to medium and cook until potatoes are nearly fork tender.  Remove from stove; drain.

Toss batata slices with garlic salt and oil.  Plase on ungreased baking sheet.  Bake 16 to 20 minutes, turning batatas half way through cooking, until crisp. 

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3 thoughts on “Batata Fries”

  1. I love to try new “agricultural” finds in the local Farmers Market or grocery! I will definitely try this (if I can find one)! Tried a new fruit last week that looked like a “squashed” banana, but don’t remember the name. Once it was rippened — it was delicious!

      1. Yes it did! Once it ripened — took about a week — I cut into it. It looked like a wider version of a ripe plaintain — but had the distinct flavor of a banana with a little more texture of a plaintain. It was very good. I even used a little in a smoothy for added sweetness and it whipped up just fine!

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