Since claiming that I’ve mastered making sweet potato fries in my last post, I’ve had some requests for my recipe. I’ve discovered that the trick is in the way you cut them, and to use grapeseed oil instead of olive oil as it has a higher burning temperature.
Sweet potato fries are one of my favourite side dishes because they’re a healthy alternative to regular French fries.
Sweet potatoes are high in fibre, which means they don’t spike your blood sugar like regular, starchy white potatoes, and will leave you feeling satisfied. Their beautiful orange colour means they are a great source of beta-carotene, which converts into vitamin A in the body, and is good for eyes & skin.
The Best Sweet Potato Fries
2 large sweet potatoes* cut into fries**
2 tbsp. grapeseed oil (or until fries are just coated – you don’t want too much)
Sea salt (if you’re watching your sodium intake, try using Mrs. Dash – all natural spice, with no added salt)
4 tbsp. organic corn meal (optional)
Fresh ground pepper
Preheat oven to 450F.
Wash the potato and let it dry completely (otherwise the oil will not stick). I usually leave most of the vitamin-rich skin on, and just peel away some of the ugly spots.
**Cut the potato in half. Place one half of the potato flat side down on your cutting board. Start with your knife at the top of the potato, and cutting down towards the board; cut the half potato into a bunch of wide, flat slices approximately 1 inch thick. Than, lay the slices flat on your board, and cut each slice into 1 inch strips or fries (you should get about 4 or 5 strips out of each slice).
Place your fries in a bowl, and drizzle them with grapeseed oil and toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt & pepper, Mrs. Dash and corn meal (this makes them nice & crispy). Toss until all fries are coated in spices.
Place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat.
Put them in the oven for 15 minutes (don’t open the door under any circumstances…no matter how good they smell!). Take them out; flip, and put them back in for another 15 minutes.
Serve with organic ketchup, or with nothing…they’re good enough on their own – Enjoy!
*The other day I did a combination of sweet potato & parsnip fries and the same directions apply.