When we switched to making chips with unpackaged sweet potatoes from the market instead of buying bags of ready made potato fries ( the sweet potato cooks much quicker and produces no waste – only wish we could manage to grow them successfully here) we also discovered the child loves them covered in cajun spices. As we got through the second jar hubby was sprinkling on liberally I read the label – do you know how much salt is in this? ( A lot). And actually, do you know we also have all these other spices already in the cupboard. So now I make our own. It’s dead simple, means one less spice jar to buy and dispose of, is cheaper, and, yes it’s also so much healthier without them realising.
So, start by finding yourself a lovely empty jar to reuse. Then depending how large it is, fill it with the appropriate multiple of these lovely spices ( please feel free to vary the proportions to taste – we like it spicy so usually add extra chilli and smoked paprika).
- 5tbsp ground cumin or cumin seeds
- 5tbsp smoked paprika
- 1tbsp paprika
- 1/2 tbsp cayenne pepper
- 2tbsp oregano
- 2tbsp black pepper
- 1/2 to 1 tbsp chilli flakes
- 1tbsp ground ginger
- And if you wish a little salt – I usually just add a sprinking of Lo-Salt to taste.
- If you happen to have dried garlic I dare say a little of that would be jolly good too.
Then give it all a good shake.
To use on sweet potatoes, cut them into chips, then roll in a little olive oil and in some of the spice mix. Then roast for approx 20 mins ( 200 degrees C)