Crispy Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Fries

My boyfriend, Kevin, has a bad habit of buying sweet potatoes and not cooking them.  Since he went out of town this weekend, I decided to hijack his sweet potatoes & make fries out of them.

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I really love sweet potatoes, and they are a healthier alternative to regular potatoes.  You can bake them, mash them, or grate them and add to a southwestern frittata or make sweet potato hash browns for breakfast.

Today, however, I was craving something crunchy–and it was a crunchy day, because I sprinkled some sunflower seeds on my poached eggs this morning–so I decided to try making some sweet potato fries.  They actually turned out quite good and crispy, so I’m pretty pleased with myself right now.

Ingredients:

  •  2 sweet potatoes
  • 1-2 tablespoons of corn starch or coconut flour (for you paleo people)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil (more oil if you want crispier fries, less oil if you want less fat & also less crispy fries)
  • Seasonings & spices (whatever you want)

Directions:

  1. Wash & peel sweet potatoes
  2. Cut them into 1/3-1/4 inch pieces
  3. Stick them into a bowl of water for an hour or two (or more)
  4. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.  Some recipes call for 450 degrees, but I’d be wary of burning your fries.
  5. When you feel that you’re done soaking the fries, dump them onto a towel to dry off excess water. They shouldn’t be soaking wet, but they also shouldn’t be so dry that the corn starch / coconut flour can’t stick to them.
  6. Dump the corn starch / coconut flour into a large plastic freezer bag.  Blow some air into the bag so that it puffs up like a balloon. Then shake the bag.
  7. Dump the fries into the bag & shake.  Make sure that they are lightly and evenly coated with the flour. Blow more air into the balloon if it isn’t puffy enough & shake some more.
  8. Add your seasonings & spices to the bag. Sea salt, garlic pepper, cayenne, paprika, curry powder – these are my favorite for anything. I’ve been really into adding curry powder to everything lately, so that’s what I did today.  Sea salt & curry powder.  Blow more air into the bag, if it deflated & shake again.
  9. Lastly, add the olive oil to the bag & shake. Make sure all the fries are coated evenly with the olive oil.
  10. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper & spread fries evenly across baking sheet. Make sure they’re not too crowded.  I actually made two batches, because they could not all fit on the baking sheet. This is okay.
  11. Bake for 15-20 minutes, then flip with a spatula, and bake for another 10-15 minutes. Be sure to check on them regularly so that they don’t burn. I have an old oven, so I have to babysit my baked goods.

I’ve seen people make dipping sauces like siracha mayo or curry mayo.  Store bought mayo  is kind of gross, but you can make your own from just an organic egg yolk, lemon juice, mustard, vinegar & olive oil.  Check out the recipe here.

Let me know what you guys think!