Chu-Chu-Chu-Cheetahs!

There is one food I love, always return to and revere as comfort food at its finest. It also acts as lovely transportation for ketchup to hop on. They’re orange, they’re spotted, they’re cheetah taters:

Your spots are showing!

Your spots are showing!

To start, I try to find a sweet potato that’s the size of my foot:

Size 10? Just right.

Size 10? Just right.

Then I clean it, I swear.

The procedure:
-Pre-heat oven to 450*
-Line baking sheet with aluminum foil; spray with non-stick spray
-Cut sweet potato into desired shaped. I enjoy the half-moons best.
-Place evenly on baking sheet; lightly spray tops with non-stick and sprinkle with desired spices. I usually don’t add spice, but garam masala or cinnamon work brilliantly.
-Bake for 15 minutes. Flip. Bake for 15 minutes more, or until spots develop.
***Also, when the air starts to smell sweet and caramelly, you’re getting close!
-Take out of oven, plate, serve with 1/2- 1 C ketchup. Kidding. Kinda.

Enjoy the sweetness:

Cheetah fan. Fancy.

Cheetah fan. Fancy.

Love:

Didn't use aluminum foil, but still delicious!

Didn't use aluminum foil, but still delicious!

And if you should ever tire of just plain cheetahs (which you won’t), turn to this incredible Cinnamon Maple Sweet Potato Cream Cheese Toast:

Tastes even better than it looks!

Tastes even better than it looks!

On toasted bread:
-Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese
-Layer of cheetahs
-Sprinkle of cinnamon
-Drizzle of maple syrup

But of course, old faithful never disappoints. Now go make spots!


90 Responses to “Chu-Chu-Chu-Cheetahs!”

  1. The holy grail of cheetahs!

  2. 2 homegirlcaneat

    HELLS TO THE YEEEEEAAAHHHHH I am going to make these badboys ASAP now since I have the brilliant recipe and I get more size 10 sweet potatoes!!

  3. oh em gee, love the cheeeetah goodness in this post!

  4. 4 Tina

    I love the sandwhich idea at the bottom of the post. How awesome! I tried making chu-chu’s once but they didn’t turn out too good. I have to try again though, with your wonderful “how to” it should be impossible to fail!

  5. 5 april

    Mmm your making me crave one now!!

  6. 6 Clover

    I’m going to make the cheetah fries today, so psyched!

  7. 7 Emily

    Hey! Someone who loves sweet potatoes and KETCHUP!!!! as much as I do! Seriously the best condiment ever invented :) Great blog!

  8. those look so yummy!! definitely trying them out! sweet potatoes are amazing!

  9. I love cheetahs! I made then for the first time tonight and they are absolutely deeeee-lisshhh. Thanks for the great idea.
    -Anna, http://www.littlemissbusybody.wordpress.com
    ps. 1 cup of ketchup is definitely a must. Annie’s organic or Heinz.

  10. 10 Gail

    I’m so glad I found this post! I’m making them right now!!! And Cinnamon Maple Sweet Potato Cream Cheese Toast looks decadent! Thank you for the great idea!

  11. oh i am so glad i have found someone who loves ketchep as much as i do.
    i’m the girl that won’t order fries, but will dip her carrots in ketchup and eat the ketchup off her friend’s plate… with a spoon.

    and i am definitely trying this ‘cheetah’ recipe. so yum.

  12. I love it – Cheetahs! These are a favorite of mine as well.

    What would the world be without sweet potatoes?

  13. ooooh my. These are the best pictures of cheetahs I have ever seen. I wish I didn’t just eat dinner.

  14. Ommyy, i just typed in your blog SPECIFICALLY to look up your tater recipe, and the fact that you have a single page devoted to it made me entirely too happy :D Love u snackfacer!

  15. Awesome with salsa!

    • WOW! I was trying to do with the sweet potatoes I bought the other day and now I am SO EXCITED!!!

  16. i make these prettttty much daily and call them cheetahs now because of you. my boyfriend is OBSSESSED with them! heh heh trying to get a much healthy goodness into him as possible ;) who needs restaurant fried SP fries when you can make even better tasting CHEETAHS!? :) fabulous!

  17. 18 Jessica

    eating them as i type… <3

    ps. i use a mandolin slicer. it's sooooooooooo easy to make! wash. slice. bake. EAT!

  18. 19 Shady

    One of my fav comfort foods, especially in the winter is ‘healthy’ chilli cheese fries. I’d take these delicious looking cheetahs, top them with some low-fat, high fibre chilli and as a non-vegan vegetarian sprinkle with a little bit of mozzarella. And finally enjoy!

  19. 20 feerlessfood

    What about this, with peanut butter, marshamallow fluff, and then topped with cheetahs? I’ll try it!

    • 21 snackface

      feerlessfood- Sounds INSANE. Must try.

      • 22 feerlessfood

        Tonight I made a baked sweet potato and topped with peanut butter and marshmallow fluff. A Sweet potato fluffernutter. It was awesome, seriously.

  20. Ahhh I made these babies today and yesterday sooo good, thank you for your insight! I linked you on my blog!
    http://snacksandfield.wordpress.com/2009/12/29/2-for-1/

  21. OH OH MY. I *need* to try those. It just so happens that I have 3 sweet potatoes in my fridge. And now they are calling my name to turn into those delightful creations you have posted.

  22. I need to try this right now!

  23. 27 Alyson

    Finally tried these and they turned out fantastic! Thanks :)

  24. They’re in the oven now…

  25. Damn health food store is out of sweet taters…WTF?!

  26. I just found your blog and knew I would be an instant follower as soon as I saw this post. Sweet potatoes are pretty much the greatest food. Ever.

  27. Just made these for the first time and am in love… Any tips for cutting the potato though? It was hard!

  28. YES PLEASE!!!

  29. 33 Lauren

    So I bought a couple sweet potatoes today, to have on hand to make these, but all the ones they had were so oddly shaped. I think it’s going to be hard to cut them up in a pretty way. Oh well, at least they’ll taste great!

  30. 34 dmcgirl37

    I’ve been meaning to try these! I love sweet potatos and ketchup!! YUMMMMMMM

    Dana xo
    http://happinessiswithin.wordpress.com/


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