Get ready to change your life with these amazing sweet potato fries. I’m not joking!
These fries are the perfect combination of salty, sweet, crispy, and even a little spicy if you’re feeling adventurous.
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What makes these crispy fries even better is that they are very easy to make at home. These beauties are baked, not fried.
But wait, there’s more! Over the years, I have discovered some tricks to take my sweet potato fries to the next level of crispiness.
Don’t worry, I will guide you through all the tips and tricks as we make this recipe together. But for now, are you ready to satisfy your craving for some delicious sweet potato fries? Let’s cook!
The Nutritional Benefits of Sweet Potatoes
French fries are a beloved delicacy, but let’s be honest, they are not the healthiest option. However, these oven-baked sweet potato fries are a game-changer!
Not only do they taste delicious, but they also have many nutritional benefits.
Sweet potatoes, in particular, are loaded with beta-carotene, which your body converts into vitamin A. This means that enjoying these fries is good for your vision and overall well-being.
Sweet potatoes are also packed with antioxidants and fiber, making them a fantastic choice for promoting good health.
They even have properties that help regulate blood sugar levels, which is a great advantage for those who are monitoring their sugar intake.
And let’s not forget about the vitamins and minerals! Sweet potatoes are an incredible source of vitamin C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid, and vitamin B6.
So, not only are they tasty, but they are also a nutritious choice for your body.
So go ahead and enjoy a guilt-free serving of these fries; your taste buds and your body will thank you.
The Perfect Sweet Potato Fries Recipe
- ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
- 2 pounds (907.18 g) sweet potatoes (about 2 medium-large or 3 medium)
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- Optional spices: freshly ground black pepper, cayenne pepper, and/or garlic powder
1. Get ready to create some delicious french fries by preheating your oven to a toasty 425 °F – 450 °F.
Make sure to place the racks in the lower and upper thirds of the oven. This will ensure perfect cooking without any burning mishaps.
To prevent sticking, line two large baking trays with parchment paper.
2. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into French fry shapes, approximately 1/4 to 1/2-inch in width and 1/4 to 1/2-inch in thickness, is the first step.
It is important to seek uniformity in size, ensuring that the sweet potato fries bake evenly.
Then, divide them evenly between two baking trays.
3. Sprinkle the sweet potato with cornstarch (1 ½ teaspoons per tray) and salt (¼ teaspoons per tray).
Mix until lightly coated.
Drizzle olive oil over the fries (1 tablespoon per tray).
Mix until they are evenly coated with oil, without any cornstarch residue (use your fingers to rub off any visible cornstarch on the sweet potatoes if necessary).
4. Make sure to arrange your fries in a single layer and give them some breathing room. Crowding them will prevent them from getting that perfect crispiness we all love.
Pop them in the oven for 20 minutes, then give them a quick flip, so they cook evenly on all sides.
To make flipping a breeze, grab a trusty metal spatula and swiftly turn about ten fries at a time with a flick of your wrist.
5. Let’s give those french fries a little rearrangement. We want them to cook evenly and avoid any burnt spots.
Take out the trays and if you notice any potato that is getting too golden, simply move it toward the center of the tray.
Now, it’s time to put those trays back in the oven.
But before doing so, let’s make a little exchange. The tray that was on top moves to the bottom rack and vice versa. This way, each potato receives its fair share of heat.
6. Once the trays are back in the oven, bake for another 10 to 15 minutes until they reach crispy perfection.
You will notice a charming transformation as the fries go from being shiny and orange to having a matte texture and wonderfully puffed up.
And don’t worry if you see some slightly golden edges; they will give a deliciously caramelized touch instead of an unpleasant burnt taste.
7. Spice up your baked fries to your heart’s content!
I personally love a generous sprinkling of freshly ground black pepper, along with a hint of garlic powder.
Make sure to serve these delectable treats while they are still nice and warm!
These sweet potato fries would be absolutely fantastic accompanied by delicious vegetable burgers.
Honestly, I could eat them with anything and still be happy.
However, there’s something about enjoying them alongside delicious Mexican dishes like tacos and quesadillas that just takes it to a whole new level of fun and deliciousness.
So go ahead and enjoy these incredible sweet potato fries.
They are the perfect side dish for any meal and will definitely leave you wanting more. Don’t miss out on this delicious culinary experience!
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