Homemade french fries are definitely grain free but I choose not to eat white potatoes. I do not miss them when I can enjoy sweet potato fries instead! Sweet potatoes are full of nutrients, including antioxidants, anti-inflammatory nutrients, and blood sugar-regulating nutrients.
Soggy or not, I love these fries. One way to avoid mushy fries is to soak the potatoes. Sounds weird since you'd think you are creating more moisture. Soaking will pull out the starch, which reduces the water content. Less water means less steaming the oven.
These guys can be fixed so many ways, with so many different flavor profiles. They can sweet and turned into dishes that are basically desserts or they can be savory with a bit of spice. I went with a spice blend for these, but I looooove these fries just with sea salt. You really can't go wrong with whatever you toss on these, get creative!
Recipe: Sweet Potato Fries
- 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, soaked* and sliced into fries (you can try a mandoline, but my really high quality one had a hard time slicing them)
- 1 tbsp refined coconut oil or macadamia nut oil*
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- couple dashes of cayenne or more for spicier
- Place potatoes in a bowl and toss with oil. Make sure all the fries get coated
- Sprinkle seasoning over the fries and toss again
- Place fries on parchment lined cookie sheet(s)
- Bake at 475 for about 15 minutes. Flip fries half way through to get more than one side browned
*A lot of recipes call for olive oil. Olive oil is not a high heat oil and these are baking at 475. If the olive oil is inside a recipe such as meatloaf, it's fine because the internal heat will not reach 475.
*Soak the potatoes for at least 30 minutes. You can read why in the second paragraph above. Too much oil does keep them from getting crispy. If you prefer crispier fries, you could use less oil or try spraying the fries with Spectrum Coconut Oil Cooking Spray. They cook faster and will be a bit drier inside.
These are great with just salt or you could go with a sweet approach. Try a little cinnamon or a pumpkin pie spice blend.
Let us know how you spice them!!