One of my favorite college meals was a heaping platter of sweet potato fries and chicken tenders from a local coffee house. The fries were usually fantastic, but would sometimes have a soggy texture from being fried in oil. By baking my own sweet potato fries at home, I can have the exact texture I like for a fraction of the cost. Sweet potato fries are one food that will never result in leftovers- they’re so good that I gobble them down immediately! Thankfully, it only takes about 5 minutes of active preparation and 30 minutes total to turn out this great side.
Baked Sweet Potato Fries Serves 1-2
One large sweet potato
1 tsp olive oil
¼ tsp sea salt or kosher salt
¼ tsp ground black pepper
¼ tsp paprika
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Thoroughly rinse potato and pat dry. Peel and cut into two halves. Slices halves into ¼ to ½ inch thick slices, then cut these slices into even fries of the same width again. If the ends of your fries are too thin, cut them off- otherwise, they will burn. Toss raw sweet potato with olive oil and seasonings, then lay fries on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (for crispier fries) or foil (for softer fries).
Bake fries for 10 minutes, then remove tray from the oven and flip the fries. Return to oven and cook for about 8 more minutes. Fries should darken and be slightly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
If you are like me and try to minimize your grocery shopping while maximizing easy meals, you can prepare these fries in advance, freeze, and then cook when you want them! I found instructions here: http://www.livestrong.com/article/430099-how-to-freeze-homemade-potato-fries/