Sweet Potato Fries

Oh potatoes, how I love thee. You are indeed my favorite carbohydrate, especially when you are in french fry or potato chip form. (I’ve yet to meet a bagful of kettle cooked chips I could resist.) Thankfully, I also have a hankering for sweet potatoes, a healthier root veggie that performs as well as its starchier sister. Sweet potatoes make especially good french fries, though these “fries” don’t require a vat of oil. Instead, you can bake these babies, which not only releases their nutty flavor, but still retains the crunchiness of a frite. We often have them with turkey burgers, which is on the menu for dinner this evening.

Tonight, I’ll be using a garnet yam, which is technically not a sweet potato, but close enough. The garnets have a delightfully deep orange color and a slightly sweeter aftertaste. I usually serve them sans sauce, but they’d also be great with an aioli of sorts, as they were at our wedding last September. (Johnny is also a sweet potato fan, so we chose sweet potato fries as one of the hor d’oeuvres at our cocktail hour.)  Those were by far the best sweet potato fries we’ve ever eaten, but the ones I make at home are pretty tasty, and almost certainly healthier.

After scrubbing the yam or sweet potato, cut it into fry-like strips, leaving the skin on. (The thinner you slice them, the crispier they will be.) Put the strips in a bowl, drizzle some olive oil over them and toss to coat. Spread the fries on a baking sheet, sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper (you can also use cayenne or cumin if you like a spicier spud) and bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes or until the fries are crispy. Turn them at the 20 minute mark to ensure even cooking.



  1. cousin sue said,

    April 20, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    thanks michelle b/c i am JONESING for some kind of fry….new eating plan (?)…refuse to say the diet word ;)…is KILLING me :(….here i was, oh hell, still am a fast food junky and i am soooooo wanting a fry in ANY form…was looking for an easy sweet potato recipe and boom, there you are :)…many thanks…ps…had my first turkey burger last week, pretty yummy..not quite the BIG MAC, but i didnt spit it out…:)

  2. jenn said,

    April 20, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Michelle… those look DELICIOUS!!! I, too, am a sucker for carbs and will be definitely trying to make these in the near future 🙂

  3. Lauren said,

    April 21, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Those sound fantastic! You know my affinity for fries, especially those of the “sweet” vain! I need to try and make those as soon as possilble!

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