Quick note to my fellow bloggers … for some reason, many of my comments on other blogs seem to be going to spam again. Until I get it fixed, just know that I may be commenting, even if you aren’t seeing it! :/
Today I’m posting another one of my super easy “recipes” (I always put this word in quotes when it’s so easy that I shouldn’t even call it a recipe!).
I love sweet potato fries. I like them at restaurants, bought in a bag in the frozen food section, or made from scratch and baked in the oven. Today I’m going to be talking about the latter option.
When I make my sweet potato fries, I usually cut the whole sweet potato in half length-wise first. Then I cut each half into small pieces.
I have found that they cook faster and get nice and brown this way.
Probably about a month ago, I read on someone’s blog (I’m sorry, I don’t remember whose blog it was!) that they soak their sweet potato slices in cold water to help get them crispy.
So I decided to try that trick this time.
I soaked them in ice water for about 10 minutes.
Then I dried them off.
Let me just say, I don’t think this extra step did anything for me … so feel free to leave it out. Next time, I may try baking them on a cooling rack, because that’s another trick that I heard helps make them crispier!
After they were all dried, I put them back in the bowl and added a tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil (I think it’s important to use the “extra-virgin” for this recipe, because it adds a lot of flavor to the fries).
After stirring the fries up and getting them coated, I added some Cajun seasoning and stirred again. You can use whatever seasoning you like … I just think it adds a little extra “zip.”
Then I spread all of the fries out onto a baking sheet lined with foil and sprayed with cooking spray.
Make sure that they are spread out well, as it helps them cook faster.
Then I stuck them in a 375 degree oven for about 30 minutes, stirring halfway through.
At the very end, I turned on the broiler for a couple of minutes to get them browned around the edges (but keep an eye on them, because that broiler works quickly!!).
I served them with my “Go-to Chicken.”
Delicious and healthy. Although they aren’t as crispy as I would like, they are still extremely tasty and the broiler helped give them a nice brown color and a bit of texture.
Didn’t know sweet potatoes were healthy? Click on the link to read an article on the health benefits of sweet potatoes. But just to clarify, that doesn’t mean that your grandma’s sweet potato casserole with marshmallows and brown sugar qualifies as a “health food.” Although, I would still happily eat it!
Question for ya …
Do you like sweet potatoes? If you’ve ever made the fries at home, any tips on getting them really crispy?