I love hot, crispy French fried potatoes generously seasoned with salt but sadly I usually try to avoid them due to the high caloric and fat content (ironically I am writing this while dipping a spoon into a jar of delicious drippy almond butter). When sweet potato fries started to make an appearance in restaurants I found myself indulging in their sweet salty goodness a little more often than I would like, especially pre-vegan days when they were served with a tempting chipotle mayo for dipping. And now of course you can buy a bag of pre-cut sweet potato fries as easily as the good ol’ standard white potato fries but they still tend to be high in fat. So the other day I just made my own. Genius? Not really. Awesomely delicious and easy to prepare? Definitely!! We had ours as part of a very simple meal with corn on the cob the other night. Easy, tasty, no complaining from the peanut gallery, done. Of course I encourage you to serve yours up whatever way tickles your fancy … break out the veganaise, google a vegan chipotle mayo recipe or just dip them in salsa or plain old ketchup. Anyway you serve them, French fries just became part of the menu again … kinda makes me want to break out the blender and finish up with an old fashioned chocolate “milk” shake.
Homemade Sweet Potato Fries
Serves 2 – 4
- 3 or 4 medium to large orange sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into ½-inch sticks
- Olive or avocado oil, for greasing baking sheets
- Sea salt to taste
Preheat oven to 400F. Lightly grease two baking sheets with oil. Spread the sweet potato fries evenly onto the two pans in a single layer. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes, turning fries over once halfway through the cooking time. Serve immediately seasoned with sea salt and garnished with condiments as desired.