Saturday, October 6, 2012

Sweet Potatoes Fries

Often I have sweet potatoes for lunch but like a little variety in how I cook them.  This french fries version is delicious and rather simple to make. 

Sweet Potato Fries

2 pounds sweet potatoes, about 3 large ones
2 Tbsp olive or vegetable oil
1-2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp salt

1. Preheat oven to 450°F. (For more crispiness, preheat your oven to 500°F.)
2. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut off the ends. Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise and then, if they are very long, in half crosswise. Cut each piece into wedges.
3. Put the sweet potatoes into a large bowl and add the oil. Mix well to combine. Sprinkle with salt, sugar and spices of your choice. Use your hands to mix well, so all pieces are coated with oil and spices. 
4. Spread the sweet potatoes out in a single layer on a baking sheet that is lined with non stick aluminum foil. (Note: other suggestions putting them on a wire cooling rack on top of a baking sheet, so that the oven air circulates around the sweet potato pieces and you don't have to turn them in the next step.)
5. Bake for a total of 25 to 30 minutes. After the first 15 minutes, remove the baking sheet from the oven and turn over all of the sweet potato pieces. Return to the oven and bake for another 10-15 minutes, or until they are well browned. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.
Yield: Serves 4-6 as a side dish.

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