These baked sweet potato fries are crisp on the outside and chewy in the center. They’re perfect for snacking, as a side or for munching on while watching the game.
If you follow me on Facebook, you were probably expecting a chicken wing recipe today. Baked sweet potato fries are obviously not chicken wings. And this isn’t some kind of foodie mind game where I’m going to trick you into thinking you’re eating chicken wings instead of sweet potatoes. (Vegan cauliflower buffalo wings, anyone?) These are most definitely sweet potato fries. So what happened to the chicken wings? First of all, they were delicious. But I just hated the pictures I took. So I’ll have to make them again. What. A. Shame. Note the heavy sarcasm there.
I have a lot of love for sweet potato fries. They’re so addicting.
And you don’t have to feel too guilty about them because they’re baked and sweet potatoes are a good-for-you veg. I’m not saying that these fries are a health food but I also wouldn’t say they’re in the bad-for-you category either. But I’m not a nutritionist so please take everything I say with a grain of salt.
I soaked these fries overnight in the fridge in a bowl of water. You could soak them for less, about 2 hours, but don’t skip the soaking process! Apparently, soaking potatoes in cold water helps to remove the starch from the outside of the potato. It helps make the fries crispy on the outside and nice and soft in the middle. And remember, we’re baking these fries so we can use all the help we can get in the crispy department. Another note of importance, the size of these baked sweet potato fries. I cut them relatively thin. Not matchstick thin but a little thinner than the standard french fry. When you’re cutting them, picture a McDonald’s fry. That’s the size you’re aiming for. I find that cutting the sweet potatoes a little bit smaller and thinner helps them bake up a little more evenly. The insides get nicely cooked without the outside burning.
And how cute is my little hand model?! I swear it’s not child labor. Kelsey took it upon herself to start dipping. She was ready for fries and absolutely could not wait a second longer. Enjoy!
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