Even though there are healthier ways to cook potatoes, French fries is probably the most popular one. If you like French fries but you want to stay away from deep fried food, you will like this sweet potato fries recipe. They are crispy outside and soft inside, low fat, but seasoned well.
Making sweet potato fries is easy, takes less time than regular fries and it is perfect for those days when you want to change your cooking habits.
Sweet potato, sometimes also known as batata or batate, or just batat, is just like all potato types native to South America, and is also very common in most Western Europian kitchens.
If you want to see more various sorts of potatoes, click here to see a great infographic about potatoes.
Sweet potato vs potato
Compared to a regular potato, a sweet potato takes less time to cook. It tastes somewhat between a carrot and a pumpkin. Both types of potatoes are very nutritious and they have a similar calorie count. Sweet potatoes are a better source of vitamin C, fiber and vitamin A.
Which sweet potato is best for fries?
Sweet potatoes with pink flash have the highest amount of antioxidants. As they are hard to find, the next best choice are the ones with orange flesh.
Aside from the type of sweet potato, ones that are the best for fries are those that are cut in equal size. Size matters with French fries if you want to get equally fried potatoes.
Deep fried fries vs baked potato fries
Making regular French fries requires much oil which means you will eat unhealthy food, spend almost half a bottle of oil for one meal and not to mention the mess in the kitchen.
Baked potato fries can be tasty as well, you just need to season them well. You won’t need more than two or three tablespoons of oil. They are lower in calories and fat. Plus, you will use the baking paper which is a lifesafer when it comes to the mess in the kitchen.
How to make sweet potato fries
My sweet potato fries recipe takes only three steps:
1.Prepare the potatoes
Wash potatoes thoroughly, peel them and then cut them in a shape of thin sticks. Remember, they should be the same size, or at least similar size and shape. When you place them in the pan, make some space between them, they should be put in the same level.
2. Make the seasoning
In a small bowl, mix all the spices and oil. Use the baking brush to brush the potatoes which you previously placed in a baking pan. Don’t forget to use the parchment paper.
3. Bake sweet potato fries
These sweet potato fries are baked at 400 degrees F (175 degrees Celsius), for about 30 minutes. Use the oven mode and not the convection fan mode if you want your fries to turn out crispy. For extra crispy sweet potato fries, bake them for additional five minutes and flip them after 15 minutes of baking.
How to serve batata fries
What I like about this sweet potato fries recipe is that it is good with almost anything. They are perfect with guacamole dip, chicken, pork chops, burgers, meatballs. You can serve them with zucchini fries as well, if you are making more than one appetizer.
If you want to bake both regular and batata fries in the same pan, make sure you cut regular potatoes thinner than sweet ones. They need more time to bake.
Can sweet potato fries be reheated or frozen
Potatoes are generally a kind of vegetable that shouldn’t be reheated after cooking. However, you can leave baked potatoes at the room temperature for a few hours and they will still be tasty.
Don’t freeze baked sweet potato fries, but you can cut the potatoes for the fries and freeze them. Next time you need to make a quick dinner or lunch, you can use the frozen one. Take them out from the freezer a night before or a few hours before baking. Leave them in the fridge and if necessary pat dry them with kitchen paper.
Are batat fries gluten free
Sweet potatoes are gluten free but the spices may not be. Paprika can contain gluten. When buying spices search for ones with gluten free labels.
Are sweet potato fries keto
Unfortunately, those who are on keto diet shouldn’t eat sweet potatoes as they are high in carbs.
Are batata fries paleo
Potatoes are not paleo, but sweet potatoes are an exception. Both types of potatoes have a similar amount of carbs. However, sweet potatoes have a lower glycemic index and that’s why they are considered paleo.
Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries Recipe
- 1 sweet potato
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp sweet paprika
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- Wash potatoes thoroughly, peel them and then cut them in a shape of thin sticks. Remember, they should be the same size, or at least similar size and shape. When you place them in the pan, make some space between them, they should be put in the same level.
- In a small bowl, mix all the spices and oil. Use the baking brush to brush the potatoes which you previously placed in a baking pan. Don't forget to use the parchment paper.
- These sweet potato fries are baked at 400 degrees F (200 degrees Celsius), for about 30 minutes. Use the oven mode and not the convection fan mode if you want your fries to turn out crispy. For extra crispy sweet potato fries, bake them for additional five minutes and flip them after 15 minutes of baking.