Sorry not sorry I’m throwing another recipe with buffalo sauce AND my paleo ranch dressing at you guys. But are you really going to complain about sweet potato fries? Didn’t think so. This combo is just too legit to quit. Also, it was my birthday yesterday, and I do what I want. Which almost always involves buffalo sauce and this ranch dressing. Duh.
sort of massively embarrassing story behind this one. Not the kind of mortifyingly embarrassing “I got pants-ed in public and want go crawl into a hole and never come out or show my face again” kind of embarrassing. I hope no one does that anymore. That was an awful stage in middle school. Not that it ever happened to me…in public.
But I did totally flash my whole family and everyone in Georgetown (downtown Washington, DC) one time while walking to brunch. I was wearing a flowy-ish skirt that (lord forbid) hit right above my knees, and I walked over a grate that happened to blow up a bunch of air just as I walked over it…Marilyn Monroe style. Except definitely not as graceful. Pretty sure I scarred my brother for life but treated everyone else on the busy street (of course, at prime brunch rush time) with a view of my entire butt. So that was fun.
This story, however, isn’t that particular kind of embarrassing. But it must mean I like you guys because it’s embarrassing enough that I’m (semi) ashamed to admit it. So you know how I’ve talked about the real housewives before. Totally my guilty pleasure show and I’m not sorry about it at all. And remember that road trip I took up to Rhode Island/cape cod with my friends this past summer? Well. Before said road trip I was so excited and planning things that I couldn’t fall asleep, and around 1am just gave up on trying. Also realized I was super hungry at this point. (typical.) So I plopped down on the couch to couch to watch real housewives, in the dark, alone, at 1:30 in the morning with a midnight snack. Which happened to be leftover roasted sweet potato wedges and ranch dressing. HOLY EFF YOU GUYS IT WAS SO GOOD. I couldn’t even pay attention to the drama happening in Orange County (well, actually they were on vacation in some super faraway expensive place…and you KNOW those episodes are juicy because literally all they do is rich people things and stir sh*t up) because my taste buds were blown by this combination.
Why has this never happened in my life before? As a kid I only used to eat ranch with carrots. And that was about the only vegetable I ate – ask my mom. And only if they were slathered in ranch dressing. So I hadn’t really had ranch since then until recently when I discovered you can MAKE YOUR OWN and it is literally the best thing ever that I could lick with a spoon. Not that I’ve done that before…sorry not sorry it’s delicious.
But back to these sweet potatoes. And ranch. With my newfound love for the creamy dreamy dressing I also recently discovered a love for all things buffalo sauce related. With ranch on top, obviously. Like the buffalo chicken casserole and buffalo lettuce wraps from Juli Bauer’s cookbook. So I had a brilliant thought that late embarrassing night – can I make these sweet potatoes buffalo style?? And a beautiful food baby idea was born.
- 2 large sweet potatoes, chopped into fry-like shapes (mine were like steak fries)
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil or ghee, melted
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- ¾ tsp sea salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- paleo ranch dressing
- buffalo sauce (or hot sauce)
- Chopped cilantro for serving
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Toss the chopped sweet potatoes in a large bowl with the melted coconut oil (or ghee), garlic, sea salt, and pepper.
- Lay them in an even layer on the baking sheet, leaving a little space between each fry, and bake for 30 minutes.
- If you haven’t made your paleo ranch dressing yet, now would be a great time to do that!
- Turn the oven to broil (mine was at broil-450 F) for 5 minutes so they get a little crispy. Watch closely to make sure they don’t burn!
- Garnish with (or dip in!) ranch, buffalo sauce, and toss some chopped cilantro or parsley on top.
Looking for more dishes with buffalo sauce & my dairy-free ranch dressing ? I know, I can’t get enough either. Check these out! What’s your favorite buffalo sauce & ranch combination?