A week and a half ago I was on vacation in New Orleans for Jazz Fest, and oh the food! I went to college there many moons ago and one of the things that I absolutely dearly loved, and still miss is the fabulous cuisine. We ate at this incredible soul food restaurant one afternoon and I was in pure heaven. Just one small bite of their bread pudding was bliss. If you’re from the South you probably know what I mean. So after coming home I decided to try and create my own bread pudding-style recipe with Alexia Sweet Potato Fries.
While on the trip, I had brunch with my friend Marissa who lives in Louisiana. She actually has her own local cooking show The Outdoor Kitchen Show and after I got back we started brainstorming the best way to create my sweet potato fries dish. Thank you for all of your help Marissa! It was so fun talking food with an expert.
I wanted my dish to be savory/sweet and have that kind of soft pudding/flan texture. After a test round which was good but not great, I found the juxoposition I was looking for, all natural sweet potato fries with sea salt, plus milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla and dark chocolate. Just decadent! If you are a sweet potato fan like me, I hope it brings you as much joy as it did me.
It’s actually quite simple but the result is anything but. I tried making/plating it a few ways to show off the versatility of the dish. Using the frozen Alexia fries makes it so easy, but you’re certain of all natural quality ingredients. Above you see my Sweet Potato Flan in a ramekin. I also baked a larger casserole and then plated squares of it much like you’d see a bread pudding. And finally tried baking a Mason Jar Sweet Potato Flan.
Your ingredients list includes: 3 cups of whole milk, 4 eggs, 3/4 to 1 cup of brown sugar and 1/2 Tablespoon of vanilla. Semi sweet chocolate chips and one bag of Alexia Sweet Potato Fries.
The first step is to place the frozen fries into a large mixing bowl.
In another bowl mix the milk, eggs, sugar and vanilla and then pour entire mixture over the fries.
As you can see, it pretty much fills to the top. Let the fries soak in the mixture for 2 hours.
Next you will need to carefully pull fries out of the mixture and lay them in your ramekin or casserole dish first in one direction, then the other. The above photo has three layers of fries first vertical, then horizontal, then vertical. Then pour your milk, egg, sugar, vanilla mixture over the fries almost reaching the top.
I also did this with a larger casserole dish. Next cover dishes with aluminum foil and bake at 325 degrees for one hour. At the end of one hour, remove the foil and place under the broiler for 4-5 minutes to brown nicely.
Then in a saucepan, melt semi sweet chocolate chips with a splash of milk to make a smooth drizzle.
I love serving desserts in individual ramekins because we are a gluten free family and it enables me to avoid using any kind of crust. It looks pretty on the table too.
But with a flan style dish, plating without a crust is pretty common and of course tastes just a good! For this I just cut squares from my casserole dish.
I also attempted the mason jar version, but was afraid to bake it at 325 degrees. Mason jars are not technically oven safe at temps higher than around 250 degrees. So I baked at 275 degrees for 2 hours. I put the mason jar in a pan of about 1 inch of water and also covered with aluminum foil.
The result was just as tasty but not quite as pretty. And by the way, it is delicious even without the chocolate.
We sampled the dish both warm and cold. Flan typically is a cold dish and I actually loved it both ways. John however, said he liked it a little more right out of the oven.
Oh yum! Sweet Potato Flan with Dark Chocolate Drizzle. I am so happy with how this dish turned out. I used Alexia Sweet Potato Fries from @walmart which we’ve always loved in our house, but wanted to try something totally different. It’s inspired by my trip last week to #neworleans #jazzfest So decadent! My very own variation on bread pudding. #springintoflavor #ad #recipe #ontheblog #foodporn #instafood #cbias #delicious
I picked up the Alexia Fries at Walmart, where I also found these other delicious all natural Alexia products. The Rosemary Fries are brand new.
We’ve honestly been buying Alexia fries for at least a few years. We do love our french fries! But until recently I had never realized how versatile frozen potatoes could be. You can do so much more than just dip them in ketchup like my kids always do.
- One bag of Alexia Sweet Potato Fries
- 3 cups whole milk
- 4 eggs
- 3/4 to 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 Tbsp of vanilla
- Handful of semi-sweet chocolate chips (for drizzle)
- Mix milk, eggs, brown sugar and vanilla. Pour over frozen Alexia fries and soak for 2 hours. After soaking, lay out fries in ramekins or a larger casserole dish in three horizontal and vertical layers. Then pour milk, eggs, sugar mixture over fries until it is almost covering them. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 325 degrees for one hour.
- Melt chocolate chips in small saucepan with a splash of milk to thin. Drizzle over final product and enjoy!