Thick Cut Roasted Sweet Potato Fries
Did you know that February is National Sweet Potato month? That’s one of those holidays food commodities make up to get you to buy their goods. It doesn’t seem necessary, since sweet potatoes aren’t exactly a hard sell (and these Roasted Sweet Potato Fries are a perfect way to enjoy them).
How to Make Roasted Sweet Potato Fries
In actuality, these aren’t truly fries, because they aren’t fried. Instead, they’re roasted in a hot oven, which gets them golden and crispy. Start by slicing the sweet potatoes into generous coins, lightly coat them in olive oil, and baked in a 425 degree oven. You want the outside caramelized and the inside soft. You can tinker with the basic recipe by adding favorite herbs and spices.
How Healthy are Sweet Potatoes?
Luckily, the sweet potato is an easy one to get behind considering its nutritional virtues. It’s at the top spot of the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s list of the best foods to eat. This is not surprising considering that the sweet potato is loaded with carotenoids, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber.
Variations on the Recipes
There are plenty of ways to tinker with this recipe. Here are a few ideas:
- Add several dashes of cayenne or pinches of chile flakes for a kick of heat.
- Sprinkle the sweet potatoes generously with Everything Bagel Spice.
- Add a teaspoon or two of Ras Al Hanout, Za’atar, Chinese Five Spice, or another favorite spice blend.
- Add a few teaspoons of finely chopped thyme or rosemary.
How to Serve Roasted Sweet Potato Fries
Swap these in for virtually any starchy sides alongside roast chicken and pork. Their sturdiness also make them a filling option for vegetarian meals, not to mention a tasty after school snack. They are also great for dunking into your favorite dip, whether that’s my Healthier Ranch or Lighter Green Goddess Dressing.
For more easy sweet potato dishes, check out these healthy recipes:
Thick Cut Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- 2 large sweet potatoes
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 to 2 teaspoons favorite herb or spice, such as rosemary,thyme, chili powder, or paprika (optional)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Wash and dry sweet potatoes. Cut crosswise into 1/2-inch thick slices. Put slices in a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Use your hands to toss the potatoes in the oil until evenly coated. Add a generous pinch of salt, several cracks of black pepper, and herbs/spices (if using) and toss again.
Lay sweet potatoes out over the two baking sheets. Put in the center of the oven to bake. When the potatoes are nicely browned on the bottom (15 to 20 minutes) remove the pans from the oven and flip them over to the other side. Continue to bake until the second side is browned and the potatoes are very tender in the center, another 10 to 15 minutes.
Serve right away.