Pumpkin Fries

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In Jacksonville Beach, Florida there is a bar and grill that serves “sweet fries” that are both savory and sweet. It is a sweet potato fry seasoned like a yam casserole. True confessions, I do not like yam casserole. It is a bit too sweet for me. That is why I was so surprised to bite into this fry and find I liked the combination of salty fry in a buttery sweet spice.

Those sweet fries were the inspiration for these pumpkin fries. I took the sweet down a shade to better highlight the savory which compliments the pumpkin giving these fries a truly unique flavor.

The Process:
Slice a sugar or pie pumpkin in half, remove seeds and stringy pulp. Peel the skin off. Cut into strips and place in a large bowl.

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In a small bowl, stir together 3 tablespoons melted butter, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, and 1 fresh chopped rosemary sprig. Pour over the pumpkin fries and toss to coat. Spread fries on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper in a single row. Season with sea salt to taste.

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Bake fries for 15 minutes at 350°F, or until tender. Raise the temperature to 400°F or use a low broil setting and roast for 3 to 5 minutes until the fries are crispy. While the fries are baking mix 1 tablespoon brown sugar and 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon together. When fries are crispy remove from oven and immediately sprinkle the fries with the sugar cinnamon.

HINT: The key is to use a light hand with the sugar mix. You want to taste a hint of the sugar. You do not want sweet.

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Have a little seasonal fun and serve the fries with a pumpkin-spiced burger. Fry up a few ground chuck burgers, top them with thick cut bacon that has been seasoned with the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture, top it with a pumpkin pie spiced mushroom sauce.

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Pumpkin Fries
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fresh herbs, pumpkin, side dish, sweet & savory
Servings: 4
Author: Ella @thewackyspoon
Ingredients
  • 1 pumpkin
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, diced
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • sea salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Slice pumpkin in half, remove seeds and stringy pulp. Peel the skin off. Cut into strips. Place in a large bowl.

  3. In a small bowl, mix together melted butter, garlic salt, and dried sage. Pour over the pumpkin fries and toss to coat.
  4. Spread fries on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Roast fries for 15 minutes, or until tender. Raise the temperature to 400°F. and bake for 3 more minutes or until the fries are crispy.
  6. In a small bowl stir the brown sugar and cinnamon together. Lightly sprinkle the fries with the sugar-cinnamon mixture.
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