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Top Chef Sweet Potato Linguine and “Clean Eating” Fries

Did you watch Top Chef All-Stars this season? If you did you will know Richard Blais, the winner of Top Chef All-Stars, and the most talented and modest man in the kitchen! On one of the last episodes, Richard made sweet potato noodles/linguine. If you don’t watch the show I’ll tell you that they do not show every step in the food preparation process (obviously) so when you see a recipe you want to make you sort of have to guess how to make it (or, as I found out after trying to re-create this recipe, you can actually find ALL the recipes online!!! They also sell a Top Chef cookbook).

Richard made sweet potato linguine that the judges loved. The cameras showed him using a mandoline to shave off long pieces of sweet potato and then adding them to boiling water. I thought, “I can do that!” So I got out my mandoline and started shaving….

My “linguine” was completely choppy and looked ridiculous. As I was boiling the “linguine” I was thinking to myself, “I am just taking a once-healthy sweet potato and ruining it by boiling out all the nutrients!”.

It would have been one thing if they had turned out like Richard’s, but they certainly did not.

But I still found ways to use my “sweet potato shreds”….

If you want the real recipe check it out here. The recipe is actually for sweet potato linguine with conch and spiny lobster. Richard boiled his “linguine” in chicken stock, not water. Brilliant! If you ever try this recipe, let me know, but I think I’ve personally given up on the idea of sweet potato noodles. However, I found a recipe for sweet potato fries in my Clean Eating magazine, which I made the other day. This recipe called for egg whites and zero oil, so I was intrigued.

SWEET POTATO FRIES

(The Clean Eating Way)

Ingredients

2 sweet potatoes

1 foamy egg white

Salt/pepper/cumin, whatever you want!

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Slice the potatoes (after washing and trimming the ends) into equally thick pieces
  3. Soak in water for 30 minutes (to release the starch)
  4. Rinse and pat dry, completely
  5. Toss with two foamy egg white (beat an egg white for about a minute to make it foamy) and your favorite spices
  6. Lay potatoes on a parchment-lined baking sheet and put in preheated oven.
  7. Check for doneness every 15 minutes, and flip once. ** They did not give a time, but it took my fries about 40 minutes to get to proper doneness **
  8. Reduce heat to 200 degrees to dry potatoes, for about 15-20 more minutes.

EAT!

These were definitely time-consuming, but oh so delicious!

QUESTIONS: Have you ever used egg whites to make fries? What other vegetables have you used to make fries, other than potatoes?

Any fun weekend plans?? I’ll be at work!

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