I love bar food. Like, seriously love bar food. Buffalo wings, fries, potato skins, nachos, all of it. While I don’t indulge in it much, I am always trying to find new ways to get those fixes at home. Sweet potato fries have become quite popular over the last couple of years and they are one of my favorites. Quite honestly, put me in a restaurant that owns a deep fryer and give me a choice between a regular fry and a sweet potato fry and I’m team sweet potato all day long. There is something about the crispy outside and the sweet soft inside…and when they top them with salt right out of the fryer? Don’t even get me started.
Well, this is my home version. I will say in all honesty they are not as crispy and indulgent as the deep fried version but folks, they’re wonderful. And they will give you the exact same satisfaction with much less guilt. They make a wonderful, easy side dish for so many meals and they are great solo or dipped in just about anything. If you’d like to treat you tastebuds to one of my very favorite combos pair these bad boys with the spicy mayo dip from this recipe. Knock-your-socks-off-delic.
It’s almost embarrassing to share this recipe with you because there is nothing to it. Literally. An oven, a pan, sweet potatoes, olive oil and salt. So now you have no excuse 🙂
A quick nourishment note about sweet potatoes: It is nearly impossible to find a more nutrient rich food; full of antioxidants, fiber, folate, potassium, protein, Vitamin C, iron, calcium, the list could go on and on. One of natures best medicines.
Baked Sweet Potato Fries
2 Medium Sweet Potatoes
3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
Sprinkling of Salt
Preheat oven to 400 with the racks in the middle. Line two baking sheets with foil and grease or spray with nonstick cooking spray. Slice sweet potatoes into 1/4 inch strips, heres an example
Place potatoes in a plastic storage bag, add olive oil to the bag, seal and toss the potato strips around until they are well coated with the oil (if they are not completely coated in oil add a little more). Arrange the potatoes amongst the two prepared baking sheets and be careful not to overcrowd them as they will steam instead of crisping up. Heres what one of my pans looked like
Place baking sheets in the oven and cook for 15 minutes or until bottoms begin to brown. Remove from oven, flip the fries over one by one and place back in the oven for an additional 10 minutes or until desired crispness. Remove from oven, sprinkle with salt and toss to coat. Serves four.