I love spring and I’m fabulously excited about the growing number of in-season fruits and veggies, but it’s also a little sad to say good-bye to some of my winter favorites. Specifically, sweet potatoes. So today I’m presenting one of my favorite simple meals: a hamburger with sweet potato fries.
Baked Sweet Potato Fries
1-2 large sweet potatoes, scrubbed clean
1/2 t salt
1 T. olive oil
Cut the sweet potatoes in long, thin strips and sprinkle with salt. Let sit 5 minutes and then pat dry with paper towels. Toss with the olive oil, spread on a cookie sheet and bake 20-30 minutes at 375, turning at least once, until tender. Cooking time depends heavily on how thick you cut your slices, so keep an eye on them.
1/2 lb ground beef
1 very small clove garlic, minced
1/4 t. cumin
1/4 t. paprika
pinch cayenne (opt.)
dashes of salt and black pepper
3 stalks of cilantro, minced
1 T. oil
1/3 onion, cut into rings
homemade bun, lettuce, tomato, and condiments to serve
Using your hands, mix the ground beef and all the spices (through cilantro). Divide in half and pat into thin patties. In a small saute pan, heat the oil and add the burgers. Cook five minutes on the first side, flip and continue cooking until done to taste. Transfer onto your bun and add the onion slices to the hot pan and cook until softened. Enjoy your burger with the side of sweet potato fries.
Recipe notes: Pat your hamburgers thin, they tend to increase in height and decrease in diameter while cooking. You can also cook your onions at the same time as your burger, but they will not need as much time, so add them about half way through cooking.