Oh the sweet potato fry. These tasty burger side dish were a craze for a while and now most restaurants offer both the good ol’ french fry and the more “upscale” sweet potato fry. Sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamin A and are lower in calories compared to a white potato, and by baking them instead of frying, you can create a relatively healthy side dish or snack.
Of course I picked the hottest week to experiment making these; 90 degree weather plus an oven at 425 degrees F in a small apartment do not mix well. Just a word of caution for my fellow apartment dwellers, you have been warned. Moving on….Baking sweet potato fries couldn’t be easier! Have a sweet potato on hand? Got a few spices in your cabinet? Well my friend, you are on your way! The secret ingredient to attaining crispy fry goodness is adding a little cornstarch. This ingredient is optional and the fries will come out great either way, but if you have some on hand, I say toss it in! You can go savory (garlic powder, cheese), spicy (chili powder), or sweet (cinnamon) depending on your mood and main course. I paired mine with a turkey burger and went the savory route and these did not disappoint. Chopping takes minutes and you can finish cooking the rest of your meal while these effortlessly bake in the oven. Having guests over? Add a sweet potato for each person joining the table, easy as that!
With this simple recipe in your repertoire, no need to buy frozen sweet potato fries anymore. Break free from the freezer and go fresh! I promise these are worth the (minimal) effort. Enjoy!
- 1 medium sweet potato
- Olive oil for drizzling
- Seasonings for fries (feel free to substitute for your preferred tastes)
- 1/8 teaspoon paprika
- 1/8 black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon grated parmesan cheese
- Sprinkle of cornstarch
Quick Steps to Fries
- Preheat oven to 425 F.
- Rinse sweet potato and peel.
- Slice sweet potato into 1/4 inch slabs length-wise.
- Taking each slice, further cut into 1/4 pieces length-wise to create “fry” shapes.
- Try to cut as evenly as possible so that all fries will cook at the same rate.
- Place cut fries in a medium mixing bowl and drizzle with enough olive oil to evenly coat each fry.
- Sprinkle desired seasonings and corn starch. Toss to coat throughout.
- Place fries in a single layer (making sure not to crowd them) on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes undisturbed.
- Flip fries and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
- Don’t worry if the fries become dark brown in spots, they will take on a caramelized flavor!
- Remove fries from oven and cool on pan for 2 minutes before enjoying!