Thursday Treat – Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Every Thursday we’re heading into the kitchen with Jenna, Pursuit Boston Staffer Extraordinaire, to get her favorite recipes.
Jenna here! I’m excited to share my new found love of the kitchen and healthy cooking. I’m an amateur baker and I love to spend my time with a mixer and some vanilla extract but I couldn’t ever get into cooking until very recently. So I’m here to share my journey with you.
I stumbled across the idea of a “baked” fry about two months ago. I am a die-hard fry lover. Any shape, size, flavor of potato, etc… send it my way but am I going to actually enjoy a baked fry? Well that answer is YES!
About the same time I came across this “baked” fry idea… I found my love of sweet potato. Honestly, I don’t understand why it took 25 years for me to find it either! These fries get crispy and sweet but with a nice tang of spice.
So onto the recipe…
- 2 medium sized sweet potatoes
- Salt (I prefer using sea salt)
- Pepper (I prefer using the grinder kind)
- Garlic Powder
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees
- Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into 1 inch wide strips – you want to try to get them all the same size in order for everything to bake evenly
- In a mixing bowl or plastic bag, place your uncooked fry pieces along with a few tablespoons of EVOO, a teaspoon of paprika, a sprinkle of garlic powder, a pinch of salt, and a pinch of pepper.
- Mix or shake the ingredients to make sure each piece if evenly coated
- Using a nonstick baking sheet, pour the fries onto the pan. For best results, make sure the fries are in a single layer and not overcrowded. I tend to use two baking sheets to make sure that the fries have enough space or they will not crisp up!
- Bake for 15 minutes and then flip the fries. You have to be “gentle” because the fries might be a bit soft.
- Once flipped, bake for another 10-15 minutes or until the fries have crisped up. Don’t be afraid to keep the fries in there a little longer if you don’t think they are crispy enough!
- Take them out and sprinkle with more salt or pepper if desired.