sweet potato fries

May 11th, 2010

I was talking about this site with my friend Jess a few days ago, and she happened to mention that she’s made two of my recipes several times for easy weeknight dinners.  One of them was a popular, fairly recent recipe that I wasn’t surprised she liked — the baked chicken fingers from this fall.

The other one, though, I couldn’t believe.  “And I love your sweet potato fries,” she said.  “I’ve made those a bunch of times.”

Um, sweet potato fries?  Are we talking about these?  The recipe I posted in the year two thousand seven?  Before I even bought my SLR?  The photo where you cannot tell if the subject of the recipe is sweet potatoes or carrots, and I used black sea salt?

(Black sea salt was a cool idea and tastes just fine, but it turns every single food the color of charcoal, which is not particularly appetizing.  It was a short lived fad for the Sugarlaws test kitchen.)

“Um, yeah,” I said to Jess.  “I should think about revisiting those.”

So, this weekend, I did.  Along with my good camera and a little parchment paper as a prop, and let me tell you — they were just as delicious as she reminded me they were.  I would have eaten the whole batch, if Chad hadn’t gotten there first.  So maybe you don’t need a fancy photo to capture a great recipe — and thanks to Jess for reminding me of that.

Oven Sweet Potato Fries Recipe


2 large sweet potatoes
1 generous tsp sea salt
1 generous tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp paprika
Pinch of black pepper
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil


Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.

Slice sweet potatoes lengthwise into thin strips, and place in a bowl.  Add the olive oil, sea salt, pepper, paprika and garlic powder, and toss to coat thoroughly.  Place the fries in a single layer on a wire rack, with a baking sheet underneath.

Bake for approximately 20-30 minutes (taste to tell if they’re done), or until the fries are soft and delicious.

Serves 4 (um… 2).

Tags: food · side dishes

20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Maddy // May 11, 2010 at 5:52 am

    You had me at fries !! These looks tasty & I love your parchment paper prop!  I would’ve never thought to do that!

  • 2 love // May 11, 2010 at 6:10 am

    i love those fries ! i’m fond of sweet and salt mix together

  • 3 zestycook // May 11, 2010 at 7:13 am

    Delicious!!!  Love them!

  • 4 emily // May 11, 2010 at 7:14 am

    amazing!  you don’t need great photos, but they don’t hurt either!!!

  • 5 emily // May 11, 2010 at 7:18 am

    I wouldn’t mind if you left some of those kicking around when I dog sit!!  It might prevent me from devouring the peanut butter or poor chad’s tortilla chips!

  • 6 yanil // May 11, 2010 at 7:42 am

    I loveee those! i like your pic just the way they are. I mean I get hungry everytime I come to this blog!

  • 7 Rosemaryandthegoat // May 11, 2010 at 8:07 am

    Katy, I love sweet potato fries. Have you tried truffled fries.  I have made these for several parties I have catered and making them for a pre concert Jimmy Buffet party next week.  http://tinyurl.com/28txfdd
    these are to die for.

  • 8 Joanne // May 11, 2010 at 9:29 am

    I’m always embarrassed when I look at the pages people find through searches on the blog and see that they’ve gone to an old recipe where the pictures were BAD.  I really need to update some of them!  You can never go wrong with sweet potato fries though.  Delicious.

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  • 10 Audrey // May 11, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    I love sweet potato fries!!! I just bought a frozen bag of them from Trader Joe’s… I think I definitely prefer yours though!

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  • 13 Alisa // May 12, 2010 at 2:33 am

    This is delicious. My family loves this paired with roasted chicken. Your photos make me so hungry 🙂

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  • 16 June // May 13, 2010 at 7:44 am

    mmm. pair them with curry ketchup!

  • 17 Katie // May 13, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    I love this – These two recipes, along with your soft pretzels when I have the time, are in constant rotation as dinner staples.

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    It’s posts like this that keep me coming back and checking this site regularly, thanks!

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