Today's post is also in collaboration with Randi's recipe exchange over on "I have to Say."
I'm sharing the recipe for one of my all-time favorite spice blends: Santa Fe Seasoning Blend. This seasoning blend has been with me for years and I'm not sure where it originated from. I mixed up a large batch at Christmas and passed it out as part of my holiday gift boxes. There are many ways to use this seasoning blend. I share one of my favorites here with Sweet Potato Baked Fries (it also works wonderfully with diced Yukon Gold Potatoes).
Santa Fe Seasoning Mix
4 T. + 2 tsp. Ground Cumin
3 T. + 1 tsp. ground coriander
3 T. + 1 tsp. chili powder
2 T. + 2 tsp. oregano, basil, and thyme
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. ground allspice
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
In a large bowl, mix the spices together. Store airtight in a cool, dark cupboard. Makes approximately 2 cups spice mix.
Santa Fe Sweet Potato Fries
4 Large-ish Sweet Potatoes or Yams
3 T. olive oil
salt & pepper to taste
3 T. Santa Fe Seasoning
Method: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Peel Sweet Potatoes and slice them into fry-shaped wedges (approximately 1/2" in diameter). In a large bowl, toss the sweet potatoes with olive oil, salt & pepper and the seasoning mix. Spread the sweet potatoes onto a heavy baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat. Initially, bake them for 10 minutes and check for browning, turn the pan and bake for approximately 10-15 minutes more. They are done when they are tender and brown.