Recipe Flash: Sweet Potato Fries


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Sweet Potato Fries
Makes as many as you’d like!

This is an essential recipe, if you can call it a recipe. It makes, with the minimal effort of cutting and turning on an oven, delicious, crispy, and sweet french fries. Bake them for yourself with that one mini sweet potato growing limp on your counter (is that just me?), for a crowd to go along with a barbecue, a picnic (yes, they’re even good cold), or for any casual meal in need of more carbs.

Sweet potatoes—about half a large potato per person eating
Olive oil—about 1 tablespoon per potato
Coarse salt

Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Cut the sweet potatoes into fries: about 1/3″ by 4″. Toss with olive oil and arrange on a baking sheet in one layer or as close to one layer as you can get. Bake for 1 hour, tossing occasionally with a heat-proof spatula. When the fries are browned, crispy, and soft in the inside remove from the oven, sprinkle with salt, and serve. Ketchup and honey mustard make excellent accompaniments.

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  • Kate

    At Gritty’s in Maine, they serve them with a mixture of cinnamon, sugar, and salt…. it makes a really yummy sweet-salty combination with a simple protein!

  • Treehouse Chef

    I love sweet potatoe fries!!!

  • Jill

    Great idea– Mark and his ketchup concoctions have nothing on you! can’t wait to try them.
    Any other vegetables you could suggest for this recipe?

  • Phoebe and Cara, the Quarter-Life Cooks

    The salty-sweet combo sounds great, like Kettle Corn or something. What does Gritty’s serve with the fries for dipping?

    As for other veggies: definitely regular potatoes. I sometimes use other root vegetables, like parsnips, carrots, or turnips, but no matter how much you roast those, they never get quite as crisp as starchier sweet potatoes.

  • Jessie

    YUM. I love when places serve sweet potato fries with a sweet sauce… so honey mustard with extra honey mixed it sounds delicious!

  • alison

    I love sweet potato fries! They’re the best dipped in a spicy-sweet plum sauce

  • Mickie

    I like more savory sweet potato fries the best. Try them with garlic powder and chipotle chile powder sprinkled on them before baking. Yum! They’re also great dipped in home-made ranch dressing. It sounds really weird to some, but I promise you they’re really good!

    • Gtrachel

       If by “weird” you mean DELICIOUS.

  • marcie @ flavor the moments

    I make sweet potato fries often and I use plenty of spice! I like to add orange juice, a bit of maple syrup, chili powder, and cayenne pepper. Ketchup is necessary, too!

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