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Sweet Potato Fries 3 Ways

Sweet Potato Fries 3 Ways

Sure, we know sweet potatoes are healthier than white ones, but last time my son was home, he was weary of the same old mashed stuff and wanted something with a little more crunch and pizzazz. This was the solution.

Make ‘em spicy, sweet, or savory: Any way you do it, these “fries”—actually baked in the oven with a bit of heart-healthy olive oil—are lower in fat than deep-fried, have a lower glycemic index than white potatoes and they come packed with antioxidants as well. So easy, so yummy. Our favorite recipe for sweet potato fries three ways is a keeper, and we include some of our favorite dipping sauces for them, too.

Basic Recipe

2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges or strips
1 tablespoon olive oil
Coarse salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste

1. Preheat oven to 425F.

2. Toss the potatoes with the oil, salt and pepper, then place in a single layer on a lightly-oiled baking sheet.

3. Bake 20 minutes, then turn and bake another 20 minutes, until soft inside and crisp outside (if you cut the fries very thin, you’ll want to keep an eye on them to prevent burning). Serve hot.

Serves 4.

Sweet Variation

Sprinkle oiled and salted potato wedges with 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 tablespoon Sucanat or other natural sweetener (see the Care2 Directory of Natural Sweeteners). Bake as above. Or sprinkle with Sucanat and cinnamon as soon as they come out of the oven. Or just make the basic recipe and serve fries with this sweet dipping sauce:

Sweet Dipping Sauce
Whisk together 1/2 cup plain or Greek-style yogurt, 1/4 cup maple syrup, and cinnamon to taste. Use as a dip for the baked sweet potatoes.

Spicy Variation

Sprinkle oiled and salted potato wedges with cayenne pepper and/or chili powder to taste and bake as above. Or serve basic fries with this dipping sauce:

Spicy Dipping Sauce
In a small bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup healthy mayonnaise and 1/4 cup chipotle salsa or other favorite salsa (we love the smokiness of chipotle, but we’ve also tried peach salsa and loved the combo of fruity and spicy. Feel free to experiment!).

Savory Variations

Add one minced garlic clove, 1/8 cup freshly-grated Parmesan cheese and some chopped fresh parsley to the fries as soon as they come out of the oven.

Add 1 teaspoon dried rosemary to oiled and salted potato wedges and bake as above. Sometimes we sprinkle these with fresh lemon juice just before serving. (This variation is great with our super-quick version of garlic aioli dipping sauce; just add a crushed garlic clove to your favorite healthy mayo.)

Sprinkle oiled and salted potato wedges with 2 teaspoons curry spices (use regular curry powder, or try 1 teaspoon coriander and 1 teaspoon cumin). Or make this dipping sauce:

Curry Dipping Sauce
Whisk 1/2 cup plain yogurt with 1/2 teaspoon curry paste and use as a dip.

Or just sprinkle your baked fries with a good quality vinegar!

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By Cait Johnson, Managing Producer, Care2 Green Living.

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Cait Johnson

Cait Johnson, MFA, is the author of six books, including Earth, Water, Fire, and Air: Essential Ways of Connecting to Spirit, Witch in the Kitchen, Celebrating the Great Mother and Tarot Games. She has been a counselor for more than 20 years, and teaches workshops on seasonal elemental approaches to self-healing, conscious eating, and soul-nurturing creativity.

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10:30AM PDT on Oct 10, 2014

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2:04PM PDT on Oct 9, 2014

My sweet potato was waiting for a perfect recipe - with coconut oil only and spices.

5:17AM PDT on Oct 5, 2014

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4:59AM PDT on Oct 5, 2014

I'm not a fan of sweet potatoes but I'm going to give them one more try with spicy spices and see if I can like them. I know they are full of nutrients.

12:41PM PDT on Oct 1, 2014

Thanks for sharing :)

3:54PM PDT on May 27, 2014

I prefer using Stevia, maple sugar and/or syrup to sweeten, and using coconut oil gives them a much crispier taste and texture!

4:51PM PST on Jan 12, 2014

Cool, bought a big bag of organic ones from Costco. This will be a good way to try a new method. I'm going to leave the skin on though. I like the peel.

10:29AM PST on Dec 16, 2013

I love sweet potato fries, but has anyone tried to slice a raw sweet potato?
a whole lotta muscle!!!!

2:55AM PST on Dec 14, 2013

Thank you :)

9:23PM PDT on May 18, 2013

Love them fixed this way they are so healthy!
Thank You

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