Sweet potato fries

24 Aug

Sweet potato fries

When the girls were small, I’d usually have a bag of oven chips in the freezer to serve alongside fish fingers and peas when they had friends round for tea.

Now that our fish finger days are behind us, I almost never make chips (oven or otherwise), but I’ll occasionally rustle up a tray of sweet potato fries.

Sweet potato fries cook faster, are healthier, and taste delicious, but they can turn out soggy.

Over time, I’ve worked out how to produce sweet potato fries that are satisfyingly crisp.

Sweet potato fries

  • two medium sweet potatoes, washed but not peeled
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika or cumin powder (optional)
  • salt
  1. Cut the sweet potatoes into even strips.
  2. Soak in a large bowl of cold water for 30-45 minutes. Drain and dry thoroughly with paper towel.
  3. Preheat the oven to 425°F (210°C). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  4. In a large ziplock bag, shake the fries with the cornstarch to coat.
  5. Tip them into a mixing bowl, toss with the olive oil. Sprinkle with paprika or cumin (if using) and toss again.
  6. Arrange the fries on the baking sheets, leaving space between them so they can crisp.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes, flipping once.
  8. Sprinkle with salt and serve.

2 Responses to “Sweet potato fries”

  1. Margo August 25, 2018 at 5:45 pm #

    I usually do my yam fries naked, but this technique seems worth a try

  2. Yana August 26, 2018 at 4:54 pm #

    I’m rather intrigued by cornstarch addition. Look forward to trying it 🙂

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