Up until a few years ago, sweet potatoes were always the ugly little sister of regular potatoes. And then someone announced that they were actually more nutritious than the other potatoes and all of the sudden sweet potato fries were on every menu, blog, and fit girl's insta. I'm not complaining, because sweet potato fries are awesome! This is a recipe I first tried in London, and made at least once a week in Amsterdam, Munich and now at home in Antwerp! It's healthier than the fried stuff you get at restaurants, but just as good and really easy to make. I've never really shared the recipe but I make this about once a week, so here it is.
What you'll need
- sweet potatoes (1 per person)
- a few tablespoons of avocado oil or melted coconut oil
- salt, pepper, dried thyme, smoked paprika, fresh rosemary
How to make it
Start with preheating your oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Wash the sweet potatoes (peel if desired, but it's not necessary) and cut them into equal sized 'fries'. I also cut them into smaller wedges sometimes, just make sure they're kind of equal. Use a good knife to do this because sweet potatoes can be a little hard to cut.
Now take one or two baking trays and line with baking parchment. Line up the sweet potato fries like this, making sure they don't touch. This is the key for getting crispy fries. Now pour some oil over the fries (not too much, just enough to coat them lightly) and sprinkle the salt/pepper/herbs/spices on top.
Pop into the oven for 20 minutes, check on them, and flip them over with this handy tool. Leave for 10 to 15 more minutes and take them out of the oven when crisp and golden.
Now enjoy your fries! My favourite way to eat them is with ketchup, vegan mayo or lots of Sriracha. I also like to add some fresh coriander or parsley for a pop of extra colour and flavour.