Baked Sweet Potato Fries

by Suzanne on November 4, 2010

in Side Dish

Are you like me when it comes to sweet potatoes?…I only think of them once a year during the holidays.  My thoughts drift to the yummy sweet mashed, butter laden, cinnamon spiked, marshmallow crusted sweet potato dish my cousin makes at Thanksgiving.  If your answer was yes then let me introduce you to the lovely sweet potato whom should be thought of more than once a year and never in a can when fresh is so available and tasty.

I live in the South, but am originally from the West coast, and in the South everything is fried even the sweet potato just like french fries.  I like fried foods but I usually don’t fry at home very much because I grew up grilling not frying.  I was introduced last year to the french fried sweet potato and I loved it.  I thought I need to make these at home but lighten them up by baking them instead of frying.  They turned out delicious, I think I like them better than the fried version.  Baking the sweet potatoes brings out all of its natural sugars and then add a sprinkling of powdered sugar when serving and you have a wonderful side dish.  I could think of a ton of ways to make those healthy baked fries as unhealthy as their french fried sister, like pouring melted butter over them with cinnamon and sugar on top, but I think I will stick to the healthier way.  I know your really going to like how simple these baked fries are to make, so put 1 or 2 sweet potatoes on your grocery list and give these a try.[/donot[rint]

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Ingredients:
1-2 sweet potatoes peeled
2 T. vegetable oil
2 tsp. kosher sea salt
1-2 T. powdered sugar
Directions:
Step 1: Cut peeled sweet potato in half then into wedges as evenly as possible, then cut wedges in half.
Step 2: Put potatoes in gallon size zip lock bag add oil and salt, close and shake well.
Step 3: Spread oiled potatoes out evenly on baking sheet.  If the potatoes do not touch each other they are less likely to steam and more likely to get a tougher browned crust like french fries.
Step 4: Bake for 30 min. at 400 degrees until tender turning half way through the cook time.  Serve with a sprinkling of powdered sugar or eat plain.

Serves 4 – 6

If you have kids you might find out that they really like these fries because of their naturally sweet flavor and you can feel good about it knowing they are getting some real vegetables in.

Enjoy 🙂

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1 Destri November 4, 2010 at 3:24 am

Oh, I never thought to add powdered sugar, that would help the kids eat them. Beautiful photos!

2 Suzanne November 5, 2010 at 2:51 am

thanks my dear 😉

3 nancy@skinnykitchen November 4, 2010 at 3:48 am

Love sweet potato fries!!! I also never added powered sugar on top. Sounds yummy…

4 Suzanne November 5, 2010 at 2:51 am

glad to give you a new take on them

5 Alicia November 4, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Mmm sweet potatoes. Huh, never associated powdered sugar with sweet potatoes… maybe I should give that a try! Thanks for the tip.

6 Suzanne November 5, 2010 at 2:51 am

your welcome 😉

7 MarieElizabeth November 5, 2010 at 4:40 pm

I love sweet potato anything, but fries are a great chance of pace. I always know I'm going to find something good when I came to your blog. 🙂

8 Suzanne November 5, 2010 at 5:56 pm

your always so kind, thanks so much hope you try them out!

9 Claudia November 6, 2010 at 5:14 pm

I had tried a frozen brand kind, and everyone disliked them except me…I got to try fresh and am kicking myself trying the frozen first, your picture just convinced me to do these and the right way this time they are scrumptious looking! no doubt I will love these!

10 Suzanne November 7, 2010 at 3:27 pm

I didn't even know that there was a frozen version of sweet potato fries. You will like these so much better, thanks for the compliments too. xoxox

11 FOODESSA November 7, 2010 at 2:50 pm

I truly have never considered making sweet potatoes even sweeter…and why not? What I'm thrilled about is that you got them baked instead of fried…thanks for that healthier version ;o)

Flavourful wishes,
Claudia

12 Suzanne November 7, 2010 at 3:31 pm

sweet potatoes almost become a dessert at our house at Thanksgiving so for me having them straight up is new 😉 thanks for the nice compliment1

13 Denise November 29, 2010 at 3:20 am

Sweet potato fries are my favorite way to eat sweet potatoes! I made a batch a week ago and your post has made me hungry for them again. Usually I season the sweet potato fries with savory ingredients (cayenne for heat or even a little sea salt and fresh ground pepper) but I can't wait to try them with a little sugar. Mmmmmm.

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