Baked Sweet Potato “Fries”

Oddly enough, I am in love with sweet potato fries. I don’t know when it happened, really. I can’t stand the Thanksgiving marshmallow monstrosity casserole, and I have never been tempted by the football sized baked sweet potatoes they serve at steak house restaurants. But sweet potato fries are a whole different story.

There’s a bar across the street from us that has great sweet potato fries, and in general, I’m excited whenever I come across them on a menu. Finally, I decided to make my own. We seldom deep fry things around here, so I opted for a baked version.

They turned out pretty well, though a touch too dark (oops!). If you like french fries, I don’t know why you wouldn’t like sweet potato fries. They’ve got the same crispy texture but tend to have a lot more flavor. Sweet potatoes are also better for you than regular white potatoes, with more fiber and more vitamins. Plus, french fries are such old news…sweet potato fries even look cooler!

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Baked Sweet Potato “Fries”

  • 1 1/2 pound sweet potatoes, peeled (2 medium potatoes)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons adobo seasoning
  • hot sauce, to taste (I used about 1 teaspoon, and they had just the right amount of heat for me)
  • extra salt, for seasoning
  • Cooking spray

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

2. Cut the potatoes lengthwise into and toss with the oil, adobo seasoning, cinnamon, and hot sauce. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Arrange the potatoes in a single layer on the baking sheet and bake until the “fries” are tender and crisp, about 40 minutes.

3. Season with additional salt, to taste. Serve immediately.

Note: I’m kind of a whimp when it comes to hot sauce, so you could certainly add more if that’s what you like. I wasn’t going for something very spicy, just a little bit of heat to balance the sweetness, and that’s what I got. The cinnamon is just for little something extra–it brings out a little bit of the sweetness in the potatoes without being overpowering. I normally use cumin in my spice blend for sweet potatoes, but the adobo seasoning added the perfect amount of salt and in addition to the smoky cumin flavor.

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10 Responses to “Baked Sweet Potato “Fries””

  1. Ysobel

    I have been seeing these everywhere and want to try them… Next time you invite me over for dinner, remind me that this is something that I want!

  2. Jeff

    I’m not sure when I fell in love with sweet potato fries either, but it happened in recent years, and it happened fast. Now, when I see them on a menu, I also get very excited. They’re too good!

  3. Test Subject #2

    I think we need to make a list of things that Ysobel wants to try next time she comes over. :-)

    I’m down for sweet potato fries anytime! Is that sweet potato on the counter still good? Cause we should make them again tomorrow. :-)

  4. Mom

    I think the list is a good idea…………lest we wander the Jewel again

  5. Ysobel

    Wandering through Jewel has its nice points, but yeah I’m liking that list idea too :]
    But the problem is that I like everything!

  6. Dianne

    They look great! I love sweet potato fries. I actually prefer them to regular fries.

  7. Teri

    @Dianne

    I might be to that point too, actually. Even though they’ve been popping up everywhere lately, I think sweet potato fries are still something special, where regular french fries just aren’t anymore.

  8. Teri

    @Jeff

    The place across the street from us–Watermark Tavern?–has decent food in general, but AWESOME sweet potato fries.

  9. Teri

    @Test Subject #2

    I just checked, and the sweet potato is still good. Maybe this weekend…

  10. Teri

    @Mom & Ysobel

    Wandering through Jewel is part of the fun–or at least tradition, by now. Though it’s a lot more crowded than when Wal-Mart was the tradition. When are you coming to dinner Ysobel? You can pick the menu!

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