Elegant “Fish & Chips” in the form of; Sweet Potato Fries with Shrimp & Spinach Saute (serves 4)

This was wholly inspired by good old Fish & Chips of course!

Elegant "Fish & Chips" in the form of; Sweet Potato Fries with Shrimp & Spinach Saute

I love fish and chips from most any hole-in-the-wall joint in Ireland, or any pub that knows how to pour a decent pint. Fish and chips has to have the right amount of grease, but cannot be grease-y. I wanted that feeling, but I wanted to dress it up a bit.

the most delicious fries with a fresh rosemary scent

I made shrimp instead of cod, and sweet potato fries instead of the regulation white. I am partial to green stuff so though spinach would go great with my Asian style marinade, and, I was right!

This was one of those meals that you dive into, forgoing the use of utensils, for your fingers. It was gone in a quarter of the time it took to make it (which wasn’t very long) and I had requests to make it again as soon as possible.


For the Shrimp Dish; you will need: 3 tbs extra-virgin olive oil,  1 lb shrimp (use the 31-40 count per lb size), shelled & deveined, 3 tbs soy sauce, 3 tbs mirin, 1 tbs rosemary leaves, 1 tsp sesame oil, 1 lb spinach (about 10 – 12 cups).

For the Fries; you will need: 3 med/lrg sweet potatoes, washed & dried, 1 tsp sea-salt, 1/2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper, 1 sprig of rosemary cut into 4 or 5 pieces,  6 tbs extra-virgin olive oil.

Preheat oven 475*

1 – Prep the shrimp. Place the shrimp in a bowl with the soy sauce, mirin, rosemary, and sesame oil. Set aside until ready to fry.

put shrimp into marinade

1 – Cut potatoes into thick fries (If the potato is long, cut in half and then cut about 4 time crosswise, and then into sticks). Put potatoes into a bowl and toss with 4 tbs of the oil, seasonings and rosemary. Mix everything together.

mix seasonings and oil with fries

2 – Sprinkle the last 2 tbs of oil into the bottom of a large baking sheet, and place in the hot oven for 2 minutes. It will get very hot.

3 – Take out and scatter the fries evenly in the tray and place into the oven for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes take out and turn, and return to the oven for 8 to 10 minutes. (By this time the shrimp will be ready)

cook sweet potatoes

4 – Ten minutes before the fries are done, put large saute pan on high heat and add the oil. When it gets hot tip the shrimp and it’s marinade into the pan and cook quickly for 3 minutes. Add the spinach and continue to cook for 2 more minutes on high heat. Turn off pan.

saute shrimp, then add spinach

Divide fries and shrimp between warmed plates and serve! Some might want to add some sour cream mixed with a little sriracha with their shrimp.

Elegant Pub Fare for dinner

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