Let me tell you, oven-fried sweet potatoes fries are the way to go! Oh sure, I could have deep fried them but it was easier and less messy to cook them up in the oven. You can also use a countertop oven to cook them, if you want to check out what a countertop oven is visit instash.com. Cooking your fries in the oven makes them more crisper.
I really like eating my sweet potato fries sprinkled with chipotle chili powder and salt. There's something about the sweet fry taste on my tongue with a spicy heat lingering on the finish. Makes me want to go back for another sweet fry to cool the burn. (Don't you love food that makes you do that?)
I figured out a trick to reducing the oven time on the sweet potato fries. Nuke the sweet potato fries for a few minutes, first.
Microwave time will vary, of course, depending on the size of the sweet potato. The point of nuking it is to soften the spud, but NOT make it mash-potato-mushy. It only takes 3 to 5 minutes with the sweet potato already made into fry cuts. Using generous amounts of oil helps, too. Yea, the point of the oven-frying is to reduce the amount of oil we ingest. However, it's no fun to have fries sticking to the cookie sheet. Sticky fries become hash browns in a hurry. Still edible, just not that fry-pretty.
HERE'S ALL IT TAKES
- Sweet potatoes, peeled and made into fry cuts
- mild tasting cooking oil
- coarse salt
- fresh ground pepper or your favorite chili powder
Heat oven to 425ºF degrees.
Place the cut sweet potato fries in a microwave safe bowl with a couple tablespoons of water in the bottom. Microwave on High for 3 to 5 minutes, depending on how many fries are in the bowl. Cook until soften but not mushy. Drain off water and transfer cuts to a cookie sheet. Generously drizzle oil over cuts until they're well coated. Season with salt and pepper or favorite spices.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. There's no need to turn the fries over, unless you want them browned on both sides. In that case, give them a flip at the 20-minute mark and extend the oven-frying time 5 to 8 minutes more. Serve them up nice and hot!
Sweet potato fries are a delicious substitute for good old fashion fries. I dig them with my burgers and Sloppy Joes.