I am lucky I got a photo of these babies before they were gobbled up by the boyfriend and myself. It was hard to restrain myself for those few moments, not gonna lie.
They are as fabulous as they look. Salty, savory, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, just like a great fry should be. They were unbelievably delicious, and took only 30 minutes to make. The secret to a crispy on the outside, soft on the inside fry? Soak the raw, cut potato in cold water! It was my first time trying that, and it does the trick beautifully. Just have a large bowl or small pot of cold water, and as you cut, drop the potato in the water. It de-starchifies the potato. Sweet potato is an amazing root vegetable, in season at the moment, and it packs some incredible nutritional punches. Super high in vitamin C (one cup of sweet potato is over half the recommended daily amount), general low on the glycemic index, so no blood sugar spikes, and rich in Vitamin A, so your skin will thank you for every bite.
Get thee to your farmer’s market or to your health food store and bake away!
Baked Sweet Potato Fries
recipe adapted from Cookie and Kate What you will need:
3 large Sweet Potatoes (don’t peel the skin!)
Sea Salt, Cayenne pepper, Old Bay, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Pinch of Cinnamon (skip the pepper if you don’t like a little kick to your fries! The rest are totally essential)
1/4 TB of Olive Oil
2 TBs of Balsamic Vinegar
Pot of cold water
Preheat your oven to 450.
Clean and scrub your potatoes; cut into fry pieces. Try to make them all as uniform as possible. As you cut them, drop them into the cold water.
Once you are finished cutting, drop the potatoes into a colinder, and give them a rinse. Pat dry with a paper towel.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and spread your fry potatoes onto it, spacing them as uniformly as possible. Brush with your olive oil and with your balsamic vinegar. Once lubricated, generously apply spices and seasonings. Seriously, do not be shy. This totally took the fries to the next level last night.
Pop the fries in the oven for 15 minutes. Take out after 15 minutes, and flip the fries. Bake for another 7-10 minutes — definitely no longer than 10 minutes! Enjoy!