Surrey Street treats: sweet potato chips

By - Friday 11th September, 2015

Jess’s latest treat from Surrey Street’s famous market will keep you warm now that summer’s turned to autumn

Sweet potato chips might help us hold onto the last glow of summer… or (as seems more likely) they can warm us up as the days grow cool.

Sweet potato chips: ingredients:

From the market:

six sweet potatoes (that should be enough for four people).

From the kitchen:

1 tbsp paprika

1 tbsp cumin

generous twists of salt and pepper

3 tbsp vegetable oil


1) Start off by whacking your oven up to 220 degrees to preheat.

2) Then chop your sweet potato into chip-like batons. (You don’t need to take the skins off.)

3) Chuck them in a baking tray, then sprinkle over your cumin, paprika, salt and pepper.

4) Glug on your oil and prepare to get your hands a little messy. Use your hands to make sure that every chip’s got a decent amount of seasoning on.

5) Then stick your tray in the oven. It’ll take at least forty-five minutes for your chips to get crispy, but really you just need to leave them in until they’re cooked through and crispy enough for you. (The crunchier the better, but I think that they still taste good without being really, really crispy because I usually get impatient waiting to eat them.)

6) Once they’ve been cooked for as long as you like (and hopefully you’re more patient than I am!), all that remains is for you to eat your crispy Surrey Street treat.

Jess Bashford

Jess Bashford

Jess Bashford is a writer at a brand language consultancy and an English literature and creative writing graduate. She’s passionate about showing that Croydon is a great place to live and excited to delve into Croydon’s cultural side. She loves all things wordy and foody.

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  • Anne Giles

    I love sweet potatoes.

  • Charles B.Wordsmith

    I’m sure they’re delicious on their own, but what would you recommend eating with them?