Sweet Potato Fries

After many attempts at sweet potato fries, I have finally found a recipe we love. It is a combination of several recipes I found online from various sources.

We like to use smoked paprika to make these more spicy. If you prefer a milder version, you may want to use conventional paprika.

The trick to getting crunchy fries, instead of chewy limp fries, is to soak the fries in cold water for 20 to 30 minutes before coating and baking. It makes a big difference!

Seasoning (for each large sweet potato):

1 teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon smoked paprika

Olive oil for coating

Large sweet potato
(One large sweet potato will make enough fries for 2-3 people if used as a side dish)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Cut off any pointy tips at the ends of the potato (skinny tips on the fries will burn). If desired, peel sweet potato. You may wish to leave the skin on for additional nutrients. Cut the sweet potato into fries approximately ¾ inch in width.

Soak freshly cut fries in cold water for 20 to 30 minutes, then drain.

Combine seasoning ingredients in a small bowl. Toss fries in olive oil (just enough to lightly coat the fries). I like to use a mister to spray the fries, then toss. I have more control over the amount of oil used that way. Sprinkle fries with seasoning and toss to coat.

Spread fries in a single layer on prepared baking sheet. 

Bake until fries are tender and golden brown, about 20 minutes, stirring after about 10 minutes.

Cool slightly before serving.

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