Sweet Potato Breakfast Crisp

This is not just a variation of sweet potato casserole. 

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Ok this is pretty much a variation of sweet potato casserole, but it's for breakfast! Or any time. But I am always looking for new breakfast ideas so IT'S FOR BREAKFAST. 

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Whyyy is breakfast such a struggle?

I used to just eat cereal. my mom bought all of the good kinds (PB crunch, Rice Krispie Treats, Cocoa Pebbles, Honey Bunches of Oats, ECETERA) and we always had like 7 different boxes open at once. MAN, remember Rice Krispie Treats? They still make them in case you're curious. Rice Krispie treats cereal carried me through two babies worth of morning sickness. 

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Breakfast used to be easy. Cereal ALWAYS sounded good. And I thought I was doing myself a favor and eating something incredibly wholesome 🙏🏻. 

Since leaving college, breakfast all of a sudden is this big ole hassle. I quickly realized that cereal is usually pretty devoid of good for you stuff, and it somehow makes me bottomless-pit hungry by 10 AM. So I ditched that habit and found out that NOTHING else sounded good. 

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The only thing I feel like eating is a nice lil chubby donut or a stocky lil friendly muffin. Having kids has changed things a bit in that I now make a substantial breakfast for them every morning (oatmeal, cheesy eggs, egg sandwiches, pancakes, French toast) but I still pretty much have to make myself eat at the unearthly hour of their waking. 

SO since I'm stressed out abut breakfast enough to write 5 paragraphs, I decided I needed to make some sort of bakery dessert-healthy veggie packed breakfast FUSION and call it breakfast crisp. 

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This could easily be made with butternut squash or pumpkin. I wanted to pack in the protein by adding greek yog and I also wanted it to have as many oats as a bowl of oatmeal. It's basically like a crisp with massive amounts of crumb topping. Austin refused to believe it was breakfast and ate pretty much the whole thing after dinner all three times that I made it.

This could totally be used as a non-marshmallow containing version of sweet potatoes casserole for your thanksgiving spread but I LOVE the marshmallow version so I'll be having this one for breakfast instead. 

Breakfast Sweet Potato Crisp

The Crispiest Sweet Potato Fries You've Ever Had + Kalamata Ailoi

Raise your hand if you have sweet potato fries at least once a week.

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Raise your hand if they kind of make you angry because they're always floppy unless you forget about them for 3 hours and burn them into cinders.

If a restaurant has sweet potato fries, they're mine. (side note: I don't think I have ever spelled restaurant correctly in my life. If there were no spell check, I would be arrested for trying to have a blog because of how often restaurant was spelled wrong). Do you ever wish you had a deep fryer? I don't think I'm supposed to say that out loud. But my all time fave food is french fries of the sweet or regular variety.

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Making them at home is generally pretty disappointing. First, you have to wash and chop and season and oil and get a sheet pan REALLY dirty and then let the sheet pan sit on the counter or hide it in the oven for days. Second, they are crispy on one side at best. Turns out, there are like 10 steps you need to complete before getting really deliciously crispy fries and it is WORTH IT. I copied and tweaked this adorable sweet potato fry infographic.

Nordstrom Cafe has french fries that keep me awake at night. Everyone lays (lies?) awake and thinks of food until they become so ravenous they're driven downstairs to eat cereal, right? The fries are SO crispy and thin but still sort of rustic, ya get a chunk of skin now and then. And they're covered with fresh parsley and maybe some parmesan too? THEN they are served with kalamata olive aioli. I remember my first tango with this ailoi like it was yesterday: started off unsure, ended up with my tongue in the tiny little serving dish when my grandma wasn't looking.

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Follow this method whenever you have sweet potato fries on the menu. I have made them this way about 5 times now and they still turn out a little differently each time, but they're always crispier than they have been before. If you don't have time to soak, just using the corn starch made a small improvement on its own. Make sure to let me know how they turn out!

The Crispiest Sweet Potato Fries

 

 

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