Baked Sweet Potato Fries

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So, last night, being Thursday, was Stefanie and Farrah night. As usual, I like to bring some sort of finger food. Both of us eat healthy, but that doesn’t mean things can’t taste amazing! So last night I brought baked sweet potato fries, and we demolished half of them! You can do a more classic style using just salt and pepper (which is what I did last night), or you can also put cinnamon (or a myriad of other spices) on them for a bit more savory snack. If made with the salt and pepper, they are wonderful on their own or dipped in ketchup

There are hundreds of sweet potato fry recipes out there, but I got mine from Simply Recipes.

Here we go!

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes, about 3 large ones
  • 1/4 cup olive or other vegetable oil (I used grape seed oil)
  • 1-2 Tbsp sugar (optional. I did not use any sugar)
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 1-2 Tbsp spice or spice combination of your choice: chipotle powder, smoked paprika, Chinese five-spice, pumpkin pie spice, garam masala, Cajun seasoning, or just salt and pepper (which, as stated, is what I used last night)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. (For more crispiness, preheat your oven to 500°F.)
  2. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut off the ends. Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise and then, if they are very long, in half crosswise. Cut each piece into wedges.
  3. Put the sweet potatoes into a large bowl and add the oil. Mix well to combine. Sprinkle with salt, sugar and spices of your choice. Use your hands to mix well, so all pieces are coated with oil and spices.
  4. Spread the sweet potatoes out in a single layer on a baking sheet; the oil they are coated with should keep them from sticking to the pan. If you are trying to cut fat, reduce the oil to 2 Tbsp and use a non-stick coating on the baking sheet. (Note: a commenter has recommended putting them on a wire cooling rack on top of a baking sheet, so that the oven air circulates around the sweet potato pieces and you don’t have to turn them in the next step. Another commenter recommends preheating the baking sheet, to help the fries get crisp.)
  5. Bake for a total of 25 to 30 minutes. After the first 15 minutes, remove the baking sheet from the oven and turn over all of the sweet potato pieces. Return to the oven and bake for another 10-15 minutes, or until they are well browned. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

That’s it!

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