Sweet Potato Fries {Recipe}

Do you love fries as much as I do?  It’s one of my kryptonites.  But, unfortunately, fries are not good for you because they’re usually fried in saturated fats.  Too much of that is not good for your health.

This recipe of sweet potatoes is extra special because the fries are not fried, they are baked!  Yes!

I will not go into a debate whether potatoes are bad or good for you, and whether sweet potatoes are better for you, but I will post the following to show you that they are both good for you!  I think it all boils down to which you prefer.

Moderation is the key, people.

When Lemon was little, this was the first thing we fed her (baby led weaning-wise) that she LOVED.  It’s probably because it tastes sweeter than, say, broccoli.  (Lemon has a definite sweet tooth!  She got that from her daddy, not me.  Ha!)

Fries are not hard to make, sweet potato fries included.  Yes, it takes more time than throwing store-bought frozen fries onto a tray, or getting takeout, but these are much, much, much healthier.  No deep fried fries here!  Note that these won’t be as crispy as deep fried fries, but the health benefits outweigh the crispiness.

You need a good, sharp chef’s knife to gut these.  What I do to cut these is to cut it in half on the short side, then cut those into thin slices.  Finally, I cut them in half to ensure the sweet potato pieces are fry shaped.  Takes some time and some energy, but it is so worth it in the end!

You could even leave the cornstarch off if you won’t want that!  We don’t even bother with that anymore and they’re still great!

Sweet potato fries are amazing with the dip mentioned below too!  The hotness of the sauce compliments the sweetness of the sweet potatoes.

Whenever I make these (at least once a month), they are devoured by my whole family so quickly.  Sometimes we even make a whole meal out of it.  Try making your own healthy fries tonight!

 

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Sweet Potato Fries
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Sides
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Sides
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Peel and cut the sweet potatoes into fries no thicker than ½”. Soak in water for a minimum of one hour, but better for half a day.
  3. Drain water from the bowl and lift fries out by the handful. Give them a good shake. They should be dry, but still have enough moisture on them to allow the cornstarch to stick.
  4. Put the cornstarch in a plastic bag and drop all of the fries in. Blow a little hair into the bag, twist the top and shake it hard. Lift the fries out onto one or two baking sheets. Use two pans if you have to. You want to make sure the fries aren’t crowded on the pan otherwise they’ll steam as opposed to getting crispy.
  5. Coat with olive oil. The more you use, the crispier they will be.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes. Once the bottoms of the fries are getting crisp, flip them over and cook for another 5-10 minutes.
  7. For the dipping sauce, mix together the mayo, pepper, and Sriracha sauce. Adjust to your taste.
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