Sweet potatoes – the battle of fries vs. chunks

Sweet potatoes – the battle of fries vs. chunks

I absolutely love sweet potato fries and would gladly order them in a restaurant. Unfortunately, despite endless recipes for crispy sweet potato fries you can find online – crispy sweet potato fries are nearly impossible to consistently produce at home (the reason I say that, is on occasion you may get a very low moisture sweet potato which yields better results.)

Sweet potato is full of sugar and moisture making it very difficult to crisp up. In a professional restaurant, sweet potatoes would undergo a dehydration process via multiple steps and be covered in starch to get as close to crispiness as humanly possible (and even then, some restaurants still serve soggy fries.)

The dehydration process alone would be quite lengthy and impractical for home cooking. In addition to that, from the nutritional standpoint, I’m not a fan of heavy use of processed starch (whether it’s corn or potato starch) on nutritional powerhouse that is the sweet potato. I like to keep healthy things easy and simplify the preparation process.

For these reasons, my enjoyment of sweet potato fries is reserved to my dining out adventures.

Try my sweet potato cubes that always come out nicely caramelized and extremely delicious. They could be served as a side dish or added to salads or grain bowls.

Sweet potatoes, cherries and asparagus for my Grain Bowl!

DifficultyBeginner

Yields1 Serving
Prep Time5 minsCook Time35 minsTotal Time40 mins

 sweet potatoes, cubed
 olive oil
 kosher salt, to taste
 pepper, to taste
 healthy pinch of garlic powder, optional, to taste
For optional spice mix for sprinkling:
 1 tsp paprika
 1 tsp garlic powder
 1 tsp chipotle powder
 ½ tsp black pepper
 ¼ tsp cayenne, optional - for extra heat
 ¼ tsp fine table salt

1

Cube potatoes into even ¾ inch or 1 inch cubes. Gently dry with a paper towel.

Preheat the oven to 400. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Mix all of the optional spice mix ingredients together; this recipe makes more than you need and the rest could be stored in an airtight container. This spice is added after the potatoes are baked.

2

Rub the potatoes with oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Using the spices such as garlic powder is optional, but will help with extra crunch. Scatter on prepared baking sheet in one layer without overcrowding the sheet (generally, 2 average sweet potatoes fit on one standard baking sheet.) Bake the potatoes for about 35-45 minutes, flipping the potatoes once after they turn golden on the first side, about 25 minutes of cooking. They should be tender on the inside when tested with a fork; the exterior of your potatoes should be golden brown.

Your baking time will very slightly each time and depend on the moisture level of your sweet potatoes.

3

Sprinkle with some of the optional spice mix. Start with a very small amount, taste and season more, if desired. This spice mix is quite spicy and is NOT for the faint of heart. Your potatoes will taste delightful even without the mix, but if you like things spicy, you may really appreciate this added touch.

Ingredients

 sweet potatoes, cubed
 olive oil
 kosher salt, to taste
 pepper, to taste
 healthy pinch of garlic powder, optional, to taste
For optional spice mix for sprinkling:
 1 tsp paprika
 1 tsp garlic powder
 1 tsp chipotle powder
 ½ tsp black pepper
 ¼ tsp cayenne, optional - for extra heat
 ¼ tsp fine table salt

Directions

1

Cube potatoes into even ¾ inch or 1 inch cubes. Gently dry with a paper towel.

Preheat the oven to 400. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Mix all of the optional spice mix ingredients together; this recipe makes more than you need and the rest could be stored in an airtight container. This spice is added after the potatoes are baked.

2

Rub the potatoes with oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Using the spices such as garlic powder is optional, but will help with extra crunch. Scatter on prepared baking sheet in one layer without overcrowding the sheet (generally, 2 average sweet potatoes fit on one standard baking sheet.) Bake the potatoes for about 35-45 minutes, flipping the potatoes once after they turn golden on the first side, about 25 minutes of cooking. They should be tender on the inside when tested with a fork; the exterior of your potatoes should be golden brown.

Your baking time will very slightly each time and depend on the moisture level of your sweet potatoes.

3

Sprinkle with some of the optional spice mix. Start with a very small amount, taste and season more, if desired. This spice mix is quite spicy and is NOT for the faint of heart. Your potatoes will taste delightful even without the mix, but if you like things spicy, you may really appreciate this added touch.

Roasted sweet potatoe chunks

Happens to be Gluten-Free: as with all gluten-free recipes, ensure all your ingredients are gluten free and not cross-contaminated.

Happens to be Vegetarian and Vegan.

Happens to be Dairy-Free.

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