Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet potatoes. I'd plan on at least one per person.
Olive oil. A couple of tablespoons or so.
Salt, pepper and spices. Amy suggested cumin, but I much prefer cayenne
pepper, paprika or curry powder. Garlic is great as well. It's up to you.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them
into fry-shaped pieces (see photos). Try to cut them into similarly sized
pieces so the fries will bake evenly.
Toss the uncooked fries into a mixing bowl or a plastic bag, or just onto
your baking sheet. Pour in a few tablespoons of olive oil, enough to
lightly coat the fries. Season with salt, pepper, and spices. Mix/shake to
Pour the fries onto a non-stick baking sheet or a baking sheet covered with
parchment paper (aluminum foil produces mixed results). Arrange the fries
in a single layer. It is very important to keep them in a single layer,
otherwise they will never crisp up. It's best to give each fry a bit of
room on the baking sheet.
Bake for 15 minutes, then flip the fries so they can cook on all sides. I
find the easiest way to flip them is with a metal spatula. Section by
section, scoop up about ten fries and flip them with a quick turn of the
Bake for 10 to 15 more minutes, until the fries are crispy. You'll know
they're done when the surface of the fries change from shiny orange to a
more matte, puffed up texture. It's essential to bake them long enough,
otherwise they won't be crispy. Don't worry if the edges are a little bit
brown, they will taste more caramelized than burnt.
From: Cookie and Kate