I love using the oven on a cold day. When house fills with the scent of chocolate chip cookies or roasted chicken, it feels like home. These sweet potato fries are fast, easy, super healthy, and always satisfy my baking cravings.
What you’ll find below is more of a process than a recipe. The only two ingredients you absolutely need are sweet potatoes and some kind of oil (I always use extra virgin olive oil). Then, based on your mood and pantry, you can put together a spice combination. The combination below results in a pungent, dry-rub type of seasoned fry.
These fries are fine re-heated, but you’ll lose some of the crispiness that makes them special. So my preference is to cook what we’ll eat in one day. I love sweet potatoes, so if I’m making these just for me, I’ll use two small potatoes.
Sweet Potato Fries
(serves 4 as a side; 1 as a meal – I think these can be a meal!)
- 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into matchsticks (you can decide how thick, but be sure they’re uniform in size)
- 2-3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus 1 teaspoon to oil the pan
- 1 Tablespoon 7 spice mix (allspice, black pepper, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, fennel) from my local Armenian mark
- 1 Tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Salt to taste
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- Put the cut sweet potatoes into a large bowl or a large ziplock bag.
- Drizzle olive oil over the top (2-3 Tablespoons).
- Add spices and mix well (or shake, if you’re using the bag).
- Oil a cookie sheet so the fries won’t stick.
- Arrange the sweet potato sticks so that they’re not touching one another (see above)
- Place in oven and cook for about 20 minutes (a little less if you cut thin pieces) at 400 F.
- When the potatoes are getting soft and starting to brown on the bottom, remove from the oven, flip the pieces over (they can be touching now). Add salt to taste over top and cook again for about 5 minutes.
- Remove from oven and enjoy on their own, or dip into maple syrup, ketchup, chutney, or any other delicious dip you can think of.
I hope you enjoy making these, and don’t forget to be creative with the flavors! I made these with sugar and cinnamon (dipped in maple syrup, of course) and they were perfect for dessert. Another time I used minced fresh garlic, salt, and pepper for a more simple flavor. I’d love to hear your favorite spice combinations in the comments. Enjoy!