Sweet Potato Fries

I once heard Michael Pollan, a whole foods guru, say something like,  ‘it’s okay to have junk food every once in awhile, but when you do, you should always make it from scratch.’ I think the reasoning behind making something from scratch rather than eating it from a drive-through or a store, is that when you make it, it probably won’t have preservatives or high fructose corn syrup or MSG etc, and because with the time it takes to make said food, you’ll probably eat it much less. We make cinnamon rolls, donuts, cake etc on occasion, but it’s a  special treat because all of those things take hours to make so we probably make them a couple of times a year. I also like french fries and sweet potato fries and because these are baked instead of fried, they’re less messy to make and better for you than your typical fry, but still crispy because of the olive oil and the right bake time.

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Next, you’ll want to cut your sweet potatoes into 1/4-inch matchsticks. I cut mine in half horizontally, then I cut those halves into 1/4-inch thick slices  and then I slice matchsticks like pictured below.

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Pile your matchsticks onto a baking sheet, drizzle with the olive oil, sprinkle with the seasonings and then toss it all together with your hands until they’re well coated.

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Arrange the sweet potatoes in a single layer so pieces are not touching each other. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Gently flip fries with spatula then return pan to oven and cook an additional 15-20 minutes until fries are starting to lightly brown and crisp. Remove pan from oven and cool 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

100_8667THE RECIPE:

Sweet Potato Fries- lightly adapted from Our Best Bites
*serves 4-6

2 medium-large sized sweet potatoes, cut into 1/4-inch matchsticks
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp oregano
1 tsp parsley
1 tsp sea salt
1/8 tsp black pepper

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place sweet potatoes in a pile on the baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with the seasonings and then toss together with hands until everything is well coated. Arrange the sweet potatoes in a single layer so pieces are not touching each other. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Gently flip fries with spatula then return pan to oven and cook an additional 15-20 minutes until fries are starting to lightly brown and crisp. Remove pan from oven and cool 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

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2 Comments

Filed under Snacks/Sides/Appetizers, vegan

2 responses to “Sweet Potato Fries

  1. Yum! Sweet potato fries are one of my very favourite things. I host a blog party for vegan and vegetarian recipes and I’d love it if you would stop by and share one of your recipes 🙂

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