Sunday, April 15, 2012

Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries



I'm using the term 'fries' loosely here.  For starters, we're using sweet potatoes and they're baked, not fried.  Don't go into this expecting a signature crispy exterior, or you'll be disappointed.  These slouch.  They're on the limp side.  However, what they lack in crispiness, they make up for in taste and nutrition.  A crispy fry is best left for the deep fryer, but we all know we're better off using other cooking methods. I indulge in restaurant versions once in a while, but happily make these at home anytime.




I found a two-pound bag of organic sweet potatoes in my grocery store for a little over two dollars.  Not only are they inexpensive and easy to prepare, but they also pack a big nutritional beta-carotene punch.  Just cut your sweet potatoes into fry or wedge shapes and give them an olive oil and spice rub down.  I like the Indian spice blend garam masala for its warm and pungent quality.  You should be able to find it in most grocery stores.  It smells divine while baking.  Nutmeg, cardamom, cloves, and cumin are some of its components.  If I could bottle up 'home', it might just be garam masala and sweet potatoes warming in the oven.  I could get used to that smell.  Yankee Candle has yet to develop this scent.  A garlic and olive oil candle wouldn't be a bad idea either.  Don't say you didn't hear it here first. 

These fries are sweet and flavorful and so much better for you than anything you could order out.  And they're great with my brown rice chickpea burgers.  I believe this will be the last of the root vegetables for now.  In other news, the broiler in my oven won't turn on.  And of course, all I want to do is crisp up everything in sight to a nice black char just because I can't.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the oven itself isn't going to follow suit.  Perhaps I've overworked it, expected too much from it in such a short amount of time.  Maybe if I give her a break she'll come around.  I'll be back soon with something light and green for spring (and something that doesn't involve an oven).  See you next time.



~Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries Recipe~

2lb sweet potatoes, cut into (3/4"-1") fries/wedges
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp garam masala
zest of 1 lemon
1/2 tsp sea salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Place sweet potato fries/wedges into a large bowl.  Add extra virgin olive oil, garam masala, lemon zest, and sea salt to the potatoes.  Give a good toss with your hands.  Turn out onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Don't crowd the fries.  Use two pans if you have to.  Bake 40 minutes, turning at the halfway point.  Serves 4.

12 comments:

Eileen said...

Baked fries are definitely up at the top of our homemade snacks list! I usually do sweet potato fries with just olive oil, salt, pepper, and paprika, but garam masala and lemon sound like a great combination to try.

Stephanie said...

Hi Eileen- I also do them with paprika too and a little lime zest. They're great on their own with just olive oil, s&p. Can't go wrong!

Margarita said...

Stephanie, you know what? I think we are soul sisters! LOL! I indulge in super unhealthy fries when I get them for sides at restaurants, but when I make them at home, I totally settle for oven baked ones that are crispy on the outside but limp on the inside. It doesn't bother me and I don't think they make the fries any less delicious. I love baked sweet potato fries with Sriracha mayo (Sriracha, mayo or yogurt, and some lemon juice).

Stephanie said...

Haha, Margarita, I'll have to try that! Thanks for the tip :)

Clair said...

I could eat sweet potatoes all day every day. And limpness does not bother me at all! I routinely cut mine into circles and bake them until soft...and then just nom. =)

I like the spice combo here!

Bree said...

These look perfect!

Thyme (Sarah) said...

We tried the kind that come frozen and have some sort of coating on them. They are truly awful. Home made sweet potato fries are so delicious. We are trying to roast beets into chips. It isn't as easy as I thought. They tend to burn so easily and that is truly a yucky taste.

Stephanie said...

Sarah, I've attempted roasting beets into chips too. The first time they came out great, the second time, I took my eye off them and they burnt so easily! So sad. It's a lot of work, for not a lot of chips too...but tasty when done right!

Stephanie said...

Sarah, I've attempted roasting beets into chips too. The first time they came out great, the second time, I took my eye off them and they burnt so easily! So sad. It's a lot of work, for not a lot of chips too...but tasty when done right!

Colleen @ Culinary Colleen said...

I love sweet potatoes and I don't cook them enough. I would dunk these in some greek yogurt!

Epicurea said...

oh this looks fabulous, i love baked fries (yey to sweet potato fries!). best of luck with your broiler so you can keep us posted with all the roasted and crisp recipes!!

Lemon said...

Lovely, this looks so good. I did not have the idea making fries out of sweet potatoes, I guess it tastes great.