I have perfected the art of the sweet potato fry. I've made sweet potato fries so many times that I have a very set formula for making them. I don't enjoy frying things, so I do mine in the oven. They're easy and tasty and go well with Cuban, Mexican and Indian food. :D

They're also good for holiday dinners. I just can't get on the "let's dump half a bag of brown sugar and some marshmallows into a pan with some sweet potatoes and maple syrup!" bandwagon. Sweet potatoes are sweet enough as is!

Step 1: Supplies!

You will need:
  • one large sweet potato
  • sea salt (coarse)
  • freshly ground black pepper, chunky
  • good quality olive oil
  • a peeler (optional)
  • a sharp chef's knife
  • a cutting board
  • a large baking sheet (not pictured)
This recipe takes about a half hour to make, and one large sweet potato can serve 2-3 people if it's a side. Or sometimes I'll eat a whole one by myself if I've had nothing else to eat that day.
wow, great, thanks :-)
<p>yet another Jessy triumph</p>
<p>I do a very similar recipe quite often, but with a couple of differences:<br>1. I add some Paprika (regular or smoked) - adds nice flavour.<br>2. I place the sweet potato in a sandwich bag and pour in the olive oil (and any other ingredients) and shake it around to ensure an even coating before placing on the tray.</p>
Best sweet potato fries we've ever had! I used garlic salt instead of regular salt though.
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<p>Aren't they extremely difficult to cut? I struggle to get them sliced open to bake (only 2mm) at the top. I wash them very thoroughly first and none of my dogs ever came out with all for legs up after eating peels....The 'toxic' peel is from the agricultural fertilizers.</p>
<p>When cutting them, place the tip of your (large) knife down on the cutting board and press down on it while you also press the handle of the knife through the yam. (It's not actually a potato, is it?) I find this method makes it both easier and safer to cut them. Love these :P</p>
<p>You must be young and strong, as your name implies.....</p>
<p>The real key here is to make sure your knife is super sharp! A dull knife needs LOTS of pressure to get through a sweet potato. </p>
<p>potato fries</p>
<p>Sorry, as much as I love sweet potatoes, I don't think I could eat these, they look burnt! Are they really meant to be that well cooked? I'd be interested in someone letting me know. Thanks!</p>
<p>Are you just looking at the photo - or did you make some and they look dark?</p><p>They're definitely not burnt - the sugars just caramelize and get darker in the oven. And you don't have to leave them in as long as I do - I like more crunch on mine which is why they're darker. :)</p>
<p>Thanks for replying so quickly - I'm impressed! I must admit I just looked at the picture and because of your reply I've read all the instructions and the tips at the bottom (should have done that in the first place DUH!). I will most definitely be trying this recipe now and I'll let you know how mine turn out ;)</p>
I love this recipe! But I am just concerned about you leaving the peels on! Sweet potato peels are actually toxic and you are not supposed to eat them!
<p>You're either misinformed or trolling. Of course they're not toxic.</p>
The skins are poisonous to dogs. As long as they are scrubbed and mold free they are perfectly healthy to eat.
Can you provide references to this? Thank you.
http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&amp;dbid=64 says: <em>&quot;If you purchase organically grown sweet potatoes, you can eat the entire tuber, flesh and skin. Yet, if you buy conventionally grown ones, you should peel them before eating since sometimes the skin is treated with dye or wax; if preparing the sweet potato whole, just peel it after cooking&quot; </em>
<p>Gosh this sure does look amazing!</p>
<p>Yup that's my dinner tonight</p>
<p>In my todo list!</p>
<p>Delicious potatoes! Just made them!</p>
<p>very very nice</p>
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Top notch! So yummy first time ive made sweet potato fries and there amazing! Thankyou so much! &lt;3
<p>Thank you for sharing this recipe! I'm down in S Florida and just harvested my sweet potato patch last week. I'm with you, in that I don't like adding sugar, etc. to sweet potatoes, they are very sweet to begin with. My daughter and her bf are coming over for dinner on Saturday. She's a vegetarian and loves SP, so this will be on our dinner menu!</p>
Can you cut and season these and store them in the fridge overnight before baking them? Also, I often put the potatoes, oil, and seasonings in a Ziploc baggie to mix them-covers evenly!
Absolutely delicious! Perfect in fact! I had perfected oven chips (fries) years ago using white potatoes but just couldn't get crispy sweet potato fries. Until I found this recipe! Thanks so much. I used chilli oil instead of olive oil which made them really spicy. Yum yum!
<p>I use extra virgin coconut oil, the healthiest of all cooking oils. The secret for a perfect chip is coconut oil which gets it crisp, and stops it sticking.</p>
<p>I love these, I wanted to make more right after I got done. Wonderfully easy and lovely!</p>
<p>Friggin awesome - ta</p>
<p>Yummy~! You rock! Instructions easy to follow and easy to make. I only had problems with those that were too close to the others . . . I made a ton of them; so it was really hard to keep them apart. Thanks for the recipe!</p>
good stuff! these went great with leftover goat cheese and artichoke dip.
<p>Worked great the first time! Awesome recipe with great, easy to follow instructions.</p>
This are amazing instructions!!! Thank you. And Jessyratfink.....these are enough action shots. Thanks :)
<p>Sweet potato is my favorite dish. Let me try this once. </p>
<p>These pictures got me hungry</p>
<p>Thanks for this great recipe, I tried to follow it exactly since I never made anything like this before, and they turned out very tasty. According to someone who should know they tasted just like home... </p>
<p>these are great with thai spicy peanut sauce</p>
<p>Trying that tonight!!!! YUM! Thanks for the great idea!</p>
<p>Bangkok Padang with the black label is nice. Pretty strong flavor, though, too much for some people. There are many variations of Peanut Sauce, I've found much milder ones for sale as well.</p>
Fantastic I put chilli and garlic flakes from a grinder......on.mine.yummy
<p>looks great hope one day i get to make it!!!!!!!!!!!!! ._.</p>

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