BAKED AND CRISPY LIKE FRENCH FRIES
Sweet potato fries are more than just a healthy alternative to the traditional potato french fry. These orange fleshed beauties are packed with nutrients and won’t give you that heavy full feeling that you get with a white or yellow fleshed potato.
When my wife started on her low gi diet she introduced the sweet potato into her meals rather than a bog standard potato. All we read about was how the sweet potato was a “super food” in the nutritional world or the bees knees of root vegetables.
Now if you asked me a few months ago if I would have eaten her fried sweet potato fries I would have instantly told you no way. I was not a fan of the sweet potato or yam as they both seem the same to me and I’m still not today unless they are baked sweet potato fries in the oven.
I’ve been toying with this sweet potato fry recipe for a while now trying to get it just right. I think I have finally mastered the sweet potato and know how to bake a sweet potato so I can actually enjoy them.
I was talking to my mum in the UK on the telephone the other day and mentioned how I started to eat sweet potatoes and she says, no, you don’t like them.
She was shocked because although sweet potatoes are more prominent in North America on occasion she would make them at home when I was young but I simply refused to eat them.
She didn’t bother making them anymore because what was the point if I didn’t like them. If you combine that with the liver I disliked then that’s two items that were nixed from the family menu.
What is a sweet potato?
I’m glad you asked because it’s not as complex as you may think.
The sweet potato is a starchy, sweet tasting potato that is a root vegetable and is considered to be rich in complex carbohydrates, vitamin C and E, iron, fiber, calcium and protein.
I’ve never tried the sweet potato casserole as suggested at Wikipedia which is mashed sweet potatoes with a sweet brown sugar and pecan topping although it sounds delicious.
I also read about a sweet potato pie which is another way to enjoy sweet potatoes which I have never had the pleasure to taste.
How to make sweet potato fries?
I’ve been making sweet potato fries now off and on this year but was struggling to make them the best sweet potato fries that weren’t soggy in the middle or burnt to a crisp.
I know it might sound easy but it’s not really and it took some trial and error but eventually I found the secret to the perfect sweet potato fries. If you want to make perfect sweet potato fries you have landed on the right blog post today.
Here is the secret….. are you ready?
Low and Slow, that’s it.
If you want to learn how to cook sweet potatoes what you need to know is that they are a very sweet potato and when you bake sweet potatoes all the sweetness is amplified to a whole other level.
I’m not a fan of the cooked sweet potato in a pot of water and then mashed but my wife loves them that way. She also likes to fry them up with a bit of sesame oil and garlic which gives them that sweet and savory taste.
The sweet potato is one of those vegetables that you either love or hate but if you are sneaky you can even hide it in a casserole or mix it up with mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower. I’ve used it in my soups before instead of potatoes or a mixture of both especially during the winter season when I tend to make more hot soups. See, if I hide them on myself I’ll even eat them. 🙂
This recipe is fairly straight-forward and depending on what spices you fancy you can jazz them up any way you like. I simply cleaned the sweet potatoes under cold water then cut them into wedges followed by adding in all of the ingredients and mixing them to coat.
I served the sweet potato fries with my homemade BBQ sauce which I make for my crock-pot pulled pork recipe and it was the perfect match of sweet and savory.
- 2 large sweet potatoes or yams
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- Wash your sweet potatoes then slice them into medium to thick wedges about a ¼ inch thickness.
- In a mixing bowl add all of your sweet potatoes and the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly so the potatoes are all coated.
- Once mixed lay on a baking sheet and bake at 200 degrees for about one hour depending on how crispy you want them. I turn them mid way but not earlier as they might mush if you try to move them.
I hope you give these crispy sweet potato fries a try too and remember that low and slow is the name of the game especially if you want nice crispy baked fries.
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