Sweet potatoes! What a concept! Believe it or not, I’m not well versed in the art of yams. For years I found them unappealing, especially when I saw pictures of those orange looking potatoes with marshmallow topping in magazines. Sugary starches? When I think of potatoes, I think of salty French fries, ok?
This time of year brings a healthy supply of sweet potatoes to markets, and there’s always someone to applaud its many health benefits. Folks say sweet potatoes are some of the healthiest vegetables around, with vitamins and moderate levels of beta-carotene.
I spotted a 2 pound bag of these popular starchy roots for only 95 cents at the grocery store this month. I wasn’t planning on buying a bag of marshmallows to go with it – no, I wanted to make something savory! Since my family likes fries, I decided to try my hand at making sweet potato fries!
Sweet potato fries are nothing new, but making this dish was like a revelation. Using what I had in the kitchen, I only added 2 ingredients to this dish (not counting the potatoes). They were so easy to make!
Easy 3-Ingredient Sweet Potato Fries
- 3 medium sweet potatoes
- Olive oil (spray preferred)
- French Fry seasoning
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Coat a baking sheet generously with olive oil. Peel and slice sweet potatoes in strips or slices about 1/4 inch thick. Create a single layer of potatoes on sheet and coat the tops of potatoes with olive oil. Sprinkle French Fry seasoning. Bake in oven for 25-30 minutes until tops begin to brown.*
*Bake an extra 10 minutes for extra crispiness. Remember, the thinner the slice, the crispier the fry!
I’ll admit, I was kind of skeptical, but they turned out terrific! The only thing I would have done differently is to bake them longer. 25 minutes of baking resulted in a softer fry, but they were still delicious. The French Fry seasoning took away some of the sweet factor thanks to its ingredients of salt, onion powder, and paprika. I also highly recommend finding olive oil in a spray can, although good old-fashioned drizzling works too (just don’t overdo it – things could get greasy).
Lastly, sweet potato fries make an excellent side dish to the also healthy turkey burger. Oh, sweet potatoes, I’ve misjudged you. Welcome to my kitchen!