Sweet potato fries have definitely overtaken classic potato fries for me, and I warn you, if you make these, they’ll probably do the same to you. They are sweet and salty and go with just about any main dish, from meat to fish, especially considering the fact that you can literally use just about any herb or spice you choose to make these and in all probability, they’ll turn out great. I’ve made these with cumin and cinnamon (delicious sweet and spicy), earthy rosemary and thyme, and here, with my favourite: paprika.
As for the cooking method, I’ve had sweet potato fries deep-fried before, which tastes lovely, but have to admit I prefer them baked. For one thing, I don’t like the idea of eating to many deep-fried foods, which I can’t say I think is good for you overall. Secondly, baking is definitely a quicker and easier way to prepare fries. However, even if I ignored all that, I feel that baking brings out just the right flavours and textures in these fries.
This dish is a real crowd-pleaser: it can be served as a main vegetable dish, with a salad, as a side dish or even as an appetiser, with a tasty dip! And the clincher? These are amazingly easy to make. No downsides to these babies!
So, when are you having them for dinner? 😉
Serves 1 (as a side dish)
1 large sweet potato, washed
Spice – any you choose! Sweet potato goes with a surprising number of spices (and herbs, for that matter), including cumin, cinnamon, curry powder, cayenne pepper, or, my favourite, paprika.
1. Preheat oven to 200° celsius.
2. Peel the sweet potato and cut it into three pieces vertically, then proceed to cut each third into similar sized, fry-shaped pieces.
3. In a bowl, toss the sweet potato fries with a little olive oil, salt and pepper, and any spice or your choosing. Make sure the fries are evenly coated.
4. Arrange your fries on a baking tray, making sure they are all in a single layer. If they aren’t, no problem, but you will have to turn them more often to make sure they get evenly cooked.
5. Put baking tray in the oven for 25-30 minutes. Turn the sweet potato fries halfway through baking. When ready, take out of the oven, let rest for a minute before serving.