Have you tried homemade sweet potato fries? They make a tasty change to regular potatoes. Their flavor is sweetly distinct, and they also develop rich caramelized flavors. However, we prefer to avoid deep frying since it’s not exactly healthy, and can also be messy. Instead, we figured out this recipe for perfectly crispy oven-baked sweet potato fries. Read on to discover the secret!
Get Crispy Without the Deep Frying
The biggest challenge when making oven-baked sweet potato fries is getting them crispy. It took a few tries before we found the secret – it’s starch! Cornstarch, to be exact (although potato starch works just as well). This ingredient does some neat tricks when cooked at high temperatures. A little starch in your sweet potato fries recipe will get you all the crisp you need.
Sculpting your Sweet Potatoes
Start with about 2.25lbs/1kg of sweet potatoes. To get the best homemade fries, grab the longest, straightest sweet potatoes you can find. We recommend leaving the skin on, so make sure you clean them thoroughly. Also, remove away any dark, soft, or otherwise “bad” spots.
Next, cut the potatoes lengthwise into slices about half an inch wide. Then flip the slices on the side and cut them lengthwise again. You should now have perfectly fry-shaped sweet potatoes pieces.
Extra Starch Please!
Give the fries a rinse, shake off the excess water, and then pile them into a large bowl. In a small bowl, mix 4 tablespoons of corn or potato starch with your chosen seasonings, for example:
Sprinkle the starch seasoning over the sweet potatoes and toss it through until they’re all coated. You’ll notice that the starch seems to “disappear” as it dissolves in the moisture on the surface of the potato.
Into the Oven
Drizzle 4 tablespoons of olive oil onto the fries and mix it through to coat everything. After that, spread the fries out across two baking trays lined with parchment paper (or silicone baking mats). Don’t pack them too close together, or they won’t cook evenly.
Bake them at 400F/205C for about 18-25 minutes, flipping them halfway through. They’re ready when they’re golden brown and crispy (keep an eye on them, as every oven is different). Hopefully, you also have your dipping sauces prepped – because it’s time to eat. Homemade sweet potato fries are always best right after baking!
And about those dipping sauces? Well, ketchup is classic, but why not try:
- Sriracha or wasabi flavored vegan mayo
- Some vegan queso and guacamole
- Or go Aussie style and pour on some vegan gravy
There are no rules when it comes to fries, so have fun!
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