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Baked sweet potato fries


Baked sweet potato fries

Baked sweet potato fries

There are no words to describe much I love these! Having grown up in the UK I have always enjoyed my ‘jacket potatoes’ or, as we call them here in North America, baked potatoes. I discovered sweet potatoes last year. Yes, you heard me right – I had never had sweet potatoes – ever! A baked sweet potato is awesome. I am sure that one day I will expand my cooking with sweet potatoes, but for now I will continue to make baked sweet potatoes and this delicious simple recipe.

1 large sweet potato
1 tbsp coconut oil (or any other oil you would prefer)
1/8 tsp Himalayan sea salt (and/or any other topping you like: paprika, garam masala, cajun seasoning etc)

Pre-heat the oven to 350F. Clean and slice the potato. I was not sure whether I wanted it with the skin or without the skin. So, I did half with and half without. Ensure that your potatoes are not too wet (this can cause soggy fries!). Put the sweet potato slices into a large mixing bowl. Add the oil and toss the slices. Once they are coated, add the salt and toss again. The ingredients are rough measurements. You want to make sure that all the fries are coated in oil (and not sittng in a pool of oil). The salt (and/or other toppings) should be as per your taste. Place the fries onto a baking sheet in a single layer. It’s very important to keep them in a single layer if you do not want them to be soggy. The oil they are coated in should prevent them from sticking. Keep in the oven for 30 minutes, turning once after about 15 minutes. However, keep an eye on your fries. Some of my smaller pieces were slightly burnt. Once the fries have browned they are ready.

It turned out that I enjoyed all the pieces. Overall the fries were not as crispy as I would like. Of course, the burnt pieces were crispy! I usually don’t like the burnt flavour, but with these I really didn’t mind them. It must be something to do with the sweet/burnt mix.

I made the fries again (I could only wait 2 days to have them again!). This time I sliced them up thinner hoping that would help make them crispier. They were slightly crispier, but not significantly enough for me to spend the extra time slicing them thinner. If you do slice them thinner then note that this will affect your baking time. It took less than 25 minutes for them to be cooked the second time around.

They are always crispy when I have them in a restaurant. However, I know that this is because they are coated. Maybe I will try a gluten free coating one of these days. I’ve also read that the skin of potatoes is harder to digest so in future I might just stick with skinless fries.

I am not a ‘fries gal’. They never did much for me and I have never craved them.  However, I enjoyed these – I am a ‘sweet potato fries gal’. 🙂 If you have never had sweet potato then now is your time to try!


Author: Foxy-O

I’m a 30-something female who’s striving to be the healthiest woman I can be through diet and exercise. In early 2013 I was introduced to the world of Paleo. I completed Whole30 and had fantastic results. I had finally found something that worked for me! My blog is a jumble of my thoughts as I take the journey through my life. Somewhere for me to unleash my views, my challenges, my failures and my successes (hopefully!).

11 thoughts on “Baked sweet potato fries

  1. yummy, can you send some my way!!! 🙂

  2. I’ve never had sweet potatoes. They’ve always been one of those things that I just know I won’t like. 🙂 That being said, I’m to trying these fries! 😀

  3. I love these with parpica. I love sweet potato in general but sweet potato fries ae the bes

  4. They look yummy, Foxy! I’ll have to check out the carb count on these!

    • Yes – check it out. I can’t help with whether they are low carb, but I do know they are low GI and believe they are packed with more nutrients. Also, I find that sweet potato fries are more satisfying. I need less of them with a meal than I would need if I was eating white potato fries. Oh, and the picture above is not an indication of what I eat at a meal which includes sweet potato fries! Lol! I have 10 or less fries and find that’s more than enough to compliment my meal.

  5. You made me so hungry with this that I actually tried them last night…
    Being a non-cook, a total klutz and an accident to happen – I only got about 17 edible pieces out of the batch.. the rest was burnt to cinders because as usual my grasshopper brain got busy with something else.
    BUT… with the 17 pieces that I ate – it was DEVINE! If anybody out there is a better cook than calamity jane here – then please try it.. you’ll love it! 🙂

    • Good job on trying something new 🙂 It’s always great to have some variety! I’m glad you enjoyed the (non-burnt) ones. Next time i’m sure you’ll have a better batch. And don’t worry – you’re not the only one with a grasshopper brain – i’ve been there done that too!

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