Yay for making it through Winter and it finally being the first week of Spring, now if someone could just let mother nature know. It’s still been a bit chilly here in southern MD and I would love to put all the winter coats and clothes away. Spring always makes me think of cooking and eating outside. I love to use the grill whenever possible, burgers, chicken, kabobs, pizza’s, you name it, I’ll grill it. My favorite side dish to make when grilling meat, especially burgers or BBQ chicken is always sweet potato fries. They pair so perfectly with just about any main dish. I can’t believe it took me so long in life to realize how delicious sweet potatoes are. And I hope these Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Fries will make you love them as well.
To start you’ll need at least two large sweet potatoes. I usually use 3-4 so we have leftovers. I try to make each fry about 1/4 inch thick. You don’t want them too thin, because they’ll easily burn in the oven. And since sweet potatoes are difficult to slice, use a sharp knife, be careful, and try your best, your fry shapes won’t be perfect and that’s ok!
These fries are lightly seasoned with paprika, thyme, and garlic, for some extra flavor. Feel free to try your own seasoning mix or to leave the fries plain, they really just need a little oil and sea salt. I cook mine rotating every 20 minutes and leave them in for almost an hour. Every oven is different though, I always feel like everything takes a bit longer in mine.
Once the fries are cooked and look like they have crispy edges, a little trick I learned from Sally is to leave the tray in the oven, shut the oven off, and crack the door open for an additional 30+ minutes. If you have the extra time this really helps crisp up the fries. Usually when making these I will start them extra early knowing they can always stay warm by leaving them in the oven. Yes it does involve some planning, but I promise you will love the crispiness of the fries!
I love snacking on these as soon as they come out of the oven. The crispy edges and soft center make them totally addicting. And you get to feel less guilty if you eat the entire tray because they’re baked not fried, and sweet potatoes are full of essential vitamins and nutrients. Enjoy!
- 2-4 sweet potatoes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil per potato
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, you may need two baking sheets if making 3+ potatoes.
- Wash the sweet potatoes and cut off the ends. Cut the potatoes into thin fry slices about ¼ inch wide.
- Place the sliced potatoes into a large mixing bowl. Add the olive oil, paprika, thyme, garlic, and salt then toss to coat.
- Line the sweet potatoes on the prepared baking sheet(s) making sure there is space between them. Do not overcrowd!
- Bake for 20 minutes then flip the potatoes, rotate the pan, and bake for an additional 20-30 minutes depending on your oven.
- If you have the time, turn the oven off, crack it open a little, and leave the tray(s) in the oven as it cools to help the fries crisp up for an additional 30 minutes. Then serve immediately.
These Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Fries pair well with this Jerk Chicken or Sheet Pan Chicken and Veggies.
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If you’re here for What I Ate Wednesday , lately I’ve been eating the usually smoothie and Power Oatmeal for breakfast. Lunches have been kale and arugula salads with chicken and roasted veggies. So glad someone told me to massage kale leaves with a little olive oil and lemon, makes a HUGE difference in texture and taste. And the other night I tried this Miso Chicken Recipe and served it with plain roasted sweet potato fries and broccoli and added the leftover chicken to lunches. Come back on Friday as I’ll be sharing some of my favorite convenient and healthy desserts to have around during the week for Friday Favorites.
Linking up with Jenn for What I Ate Wednesday and Esther, Annmarie, Farrah, and Jess for Foodie Fridays.You might want to eat the whole tray of these #healthy Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Fries #wiaw Click To Tweet
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