Throw out the bread and make a crostini with sweet potato waffle fries. Add grape salsa and goat cheese and make a sweet and savory sweet potato bite. The perfect appetizer for any gathering.
When you need a quick appetizer that doesn’t require a cracker or baguette, these sweet potato bites with a waffle fry for the base, are just the ticket. Easy to make and adaptable for what you have in your fridge.
Don’t you just love appetizers that are small enough that you can just pop them in your mouth, no utensils required. It’s even better, when they taste amazing and take just a little prep work. Great for munching on while sitting on the patio in the summer, or watching your favorite game on TV.
On Fridays we started just doing appetizers for dinner. They don’t necessarily have to go together and one is always a dessert. It’s a great way to experiment with different flavors and it gives us something to look forward to at the end of the week.
It’s nice to have an appetizer that’s not loaded with sugar or cream but isn’t just carrots and celery. Sweet potato bites have veggies and fruit with no added sugar and just a little cheese.
A crostini made from sweet potato is something you’ve got to try the next time you have friends or family over. It’s kid friendly because, waffle fries, and everyone loves the sweet and savory flavor combination.
While I love sweet potatoes cooked in all the traditional ways, mashed in a sweet potato casserole, grated in sweet potato pudding, roasted with chicken or added to streusel muffins, using a sweet potato as the base for an appetizer, is just another way to enjoy sweet potatoes.
This recipe captures their sweet flavor without added sugar. You start with frozen sweet potato waffle fries, Alexia is the only brand I’ve tried. When baked, they are nice and crispy and can be used in place of bread.
Make sure you cook the fries until they are crispy or they won’t hold the topping. They can also get a little mushy as your topping is absorbed, so you’ll want to serve them right away.
Most crostini recipes start with crispy crunchy bread and are then topped with pomegranates, grapes, bacon peach jam, onions and cheese, or strawberries to name just a few. But substitute a crispy sweet potato slice for the traditional piece of bread and it adds so much flavor.
The crunchy sweet potato fries are then topped with this interesting mix of sweet grapes, peppers, onions, pepper jelly and goat cheese for a burst of unexpected flavors that work well together.
Why you’ll love sweet potato bites
- You can make them in advance, just assemble before serving
- They’re naturally sweet
- One bite finger food
- An appetizer even the kids will like
- Very adaptable
Simple things you’ll need
- Sweet potato waffle fries – these are found in the frozen section of your grocery.
- Red pepper jelly – this is also called hot pepper jelly and will be with the jellies and jams.
- Fresh lime juice – this brightens up the flavors.
- Grapes – you can use red or green, the sweeter the better.
- Peppers – use red, yellow or orange which are a little milder than green bell peppers.
- Green onions – these are more mild than white or yellow onions but still have a lot of flavor.
- Cilantro – it is optional but adds flavor to the salsa.
- Goat cheese – due to the texture, goat cheese is easy to break up into small pieces, feta would also work or blue cheese or even cotija.
Directions for making sweet potato crostinis
Step 1: make the base
Bake the fries in a single layer until very crisp. Remove and let cool completely. This can be done hours in advance.
Step 2: make the salsa
Whisk together red pepper jelly and lime juice and pour it over cut grapes, peppers, green onions and cilantro. This can be made a day ahead of time.
Step 3: assemble
Right before serving, top the sweet potato fries with the grape mixture and crumble goat cheese on top.
Since you can find sweet grapes all year long, this crostini recipe is great not only in the summer but around the holidays.
How to store sweet potato appetizers
Sweet potato bites don’t save well once assembled because the salsa absorbs into the waffle fries as they sit. However, you can store the baked waffle fries and salsa separately for a couple of days. When serving, just assemble a few at a time so that if you have leftovers, you can assemble some more the next day.
Other toppings that are good on sweet potato waffle fries
- Try cream cheese topped with smoked salmon
- Add creme fraiche and dried cranberries
- Top with thinly sliced apples with goat cheese
Sweet potato appetizer FAQs
Yes, just don’t add the topping to the sweet potato fries until right before serving. The juicy grape mixture will soak into the potatoes and make them soggy. Still delicious but harder to eat.
These are a great finger food appetizer as the sweet potato is baked until it is firm and crispy. Most fries will be small enough for one to two bites.
Sweet potatoes are generally considered by most to be a healthy food as they have a low glycemic index. These are paleo, gluten free and if you leave off the cheese, vegan. I am of the belief that fruits and vegetables are always a good healthy choice.
Way to assemble until right before serving.
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Sweet Potato Bites with Waffle Fries
- 20 waffle cut sweet potato fries
- 2 tablespoons red pepper jelly
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 cup seedless red grapes quartered
- ¼ cup yellow pepper diced
- 2 tablespoons green onion diced
- 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro chopped
- 4 ounces goat cheese crumbled
- Preheat oven to 425º.
- Bake potatoes in a single layer on a lightly greased baking sheet for 12 minutes, turn potatoes and bake 5-7 more minutes until crispy and browned. Remove from pan and cool on a wire wrack for 10 minutes.
- Whisk together pepper jelly and lime juice in a small bowl. Stir in grapes, pepper, green onion and cilantro.
- Arrange potatoes on a serving platter and top with grape mixture, sprinkle with goat cheese.
Barbara’s Tips + Notes
- Cook the potatoes until they are crispy, make sure they do not overlap on the cookie sheet while you are baking them.
- Make sure the waffle fries have cooled completely before topping.
- You can make the potatoes and the grape mixture ahead of time, just don’t assemble until you are ready to eat or they will get soggy.