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Sweet potatoes have never really been my favorite. Every year for Thanksgiving we make a small 8×8 dish of sweet potatoes because the only ones who really like them are all the “in-laws” like my husband and sisters-in-law. For some reason, the Rench family just didn’t ever take to the marshmallow-covered side dish. Which is a shame, because I really, really, really, REALLY like marshmallows. But when I saw the onion rings and sweet potato fries at Wal-Mart the other day, I figured I’d give them a shot. And then genius struck.
As I was pulling them out of the freezer to cook for an afternoon of watching college basketball (my 6-year-old has turned into a raving sports fan and will sit through entire games of football and basketball-especially if the teams are wearing his favorite color-green), I thought it would be fun to kick them up a notch and take a cue from Thanksgiving dinner.
Brown Sugar Sweet Potato Fries
- 1 bag of Alexia frozen sweet potato fries
- 1 tbsp melted butter
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- Marshmallow topping ice cream topping works well for dipping
- Cook fries according to package directions. Halfway through cooking time, pull out of oven and brush with melted butter. Sprinkle brown sugar over the fries and return to oven to finish cooking. Serve with marshmallow dipping sauce.
Seriously. Just look at that gooey awesomeness. How could you NOT like these fries?!? They come out of the oven with a sweet, crispy crust of brown sugar that goes so well with the marshmallow topping. I have been brought over to team Sweet Potato! (At least in french fry form) 🙂
Now, if you’re idea of “homegating” (that’s the I’m-too-cold-to-sit-outside-the-stadium-for-hours kind of tailgating where you just stay home and watch the games instead) is less about sweet and more about savory, here’s an easy option for you.
I don’t eat onion rings often, but when I do, they are usually on top of an amazing bacon cheeseburger. But again, the idea here is an EASY game time snack for the family, so I used the burger as my inspiration. I cooked 6 strips of bacon, cut them into pieces and stirred them into our favorite BBQ sauce. (Actually, first I tried making my own BBQ sauce, but ended up with a nasty pot of ketchup that smelled so strongly of vinegar it burned my nose. Back to the drawing board on that one.) Serve with some crunchy Alexia onion rings and you have another crowd-pleaser!
You can find Sweet Potato Fries, Onion Rings and varieties of Original French Fries in the frozen food section at Wal-mart.
For more great ideas for dips, toppings, burgers and all kinds of yummy tailgate treats, check out Alexia Foods Pinterest boards! I know I already pinned several of their pins to my boards! I’d love it if you pinned this image below to your boards to save for later! Happy Homegating! 🙂