Baked Sweet Potato Fries Recipe

Photo by Emily Moiseeff

There was a time when the question "Do you want fries with that?" only meant one thing. Happily, today, there's a choice and alongside the traditional French fries. Sweet potato fries are now showing up on many local restaurant menus – from local indies like Zingerman's Roadhouse in Ann Arbor to fast food joints like White Castle – and in the grocery freezer.

While standard fries will never leave my list of favorite foods, the sweet potato version is a new level of taste… and they're healthy for you, particularly if you choose to bake then rather than give them a deep fry.

There's nothing mysterious about making them. In fact, they are incredibly easy and tasty. The cooking time is determined by how big you cut the fries. I like to keep them about a quarter inch wide, but if you like them Texas-size, go ahead – they'll just take a little longer to cook. Cut them all the same so they cook at the same rate.

Sweet Potato Fries

Ingredients

  • 2-3 sweet potatoes, depending on size
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)

Servings

4 to 6

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Peel and cut the sweet potatoes in half lengthwise. Depending on thickness, cut into two or three slices lengthwise. Cut each large slice into long strips for fries.
  3. Put the sweet potato fries into a bowl and coat with two tablespoons olive oil. Mix well.
  4. Place on a baking sheet that has been coated with a non-stick spray. Spread apart so they cook evenly. After 15 minutes, turn the sweet potato fries.
  5. Cook until they begin to brown; about another 10-15 minutes. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

– Dolly Moiseeff is the mother of three who likes to make things easy and flavor filled.

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