With vegan recipes and healthy nutrition on the rise, sweet potatoes seem to be enjoying the spotlight of their lifetime. And while there are many stuffed recipes flooding my Insta page, luring me to try one myself, I couldn’t resist making these crispy fries.
I’d be honest, I love munching on french fries but since store-bought ones have my lost loyalty due to excessive salt and fat, the only place I turn to is my oven. 🙂 So this time, I tried cooking up some sweet potato fries with a twist. And the twist was coating it in a sticky and spicy sauce.
Here is the easy recipe:
**serves 2-4 people**
- 2 large sweet potato
- 5-6 tbsp of cornstarch
- salt and pepper for seasoning
- vegetable or olive oil
For the sauce:
- 2 tbsp of tomato ketchup
- 1 tbsp of green chili sauce (the ones you find at the Asian stores)
- 1 tbsp of soy sauce
- 2-3 minced garlic
- 1 tbsp of maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp of roasted sesame seeds
- dried parsley for garnish
- Wash, clean and thinly slice the sweet potato about 1/4″ wide. This here is the first key to the perfect fries. Make sure that you dab out any excess moisture with a kitchen towel.
- Now transfer these french cut potatoes in a clean dry bowl and toss it with the cornstarch, salt, and pepper seasoning.
- Line your baking sheets with a parchment paper and divide your fries into two pans so that they have enough room to bake. Do not pile your fries, but lay them flat for more uniform cooking.
- Preheat your oven to 425-degree Fahrenheit.
- Evenly spray them with your favorite cooking oil and make sure they are properly coated not to leave a raw spot. Now place your baking sheets into the lower and the middle racks of your oven and allow them to bake for 20 mins.
- Take a break and flip the fries once the 20 min timer is up with a metal spatula to ensure even cooking on all sides.
- Bake for another 10-15 mins until the fries look golden and crispy. Keep an eye on them because they do have a chance of getting a little charred (not that I mind it too much).
- As you take the fries out and allow it to cool heat 1-1.5 tbsp of oil in a non-stick pan.
- Once done, add in the minced garlic, the tomato ketchup, soy sauce, chili sauce and mix well. After sauteing it for about half a minute, toss in the oven-baked crispy fries into the sauce mixture and mix to coat them well. This will take you another minute or so.
- Turn off the flame, drizzle a tbsp of maple syrup over the fries and sprinkle it with the roasted sesame seeds and garnish it with some dried parsley.
The reason why these are the best:
- They are homemade and not loaded with fat and salt, thanks to the oven.
- They are a healthy and lip-smacking delicious for a Netflix binge
- Are done in less than 30 minutes
- Uses all readily available home ingredients
- and doesn’t have to make you wait until the weekend to soothe your cravings (my favorite).
Fun Fact: Did you know that sweet potato is the official vegetable of North Carolina?
After all, it’s true when they that “you never know enough!”
Sweet potatoes are a highly nutritious root vegetable variety and are only distantly related to regular potatoes and to yams. So if you are planning to switch carb sources and preparing a list, make sure you have these luscious orange “potatoes” on your list.
Equipments I recommend you’ll need:
There are some basic kitchen tools that you’ll need not only for this recipe but as essentials for most perfect recipes that you give your heart to.
- A Sharp Sturdy Knife: Trust me when I say that I have tried many knives in the kitchen in all these 5 years. I have tried saving money compromising on quality and yes I have been disappointed. I have never understood the value of a good chef’s knife until I invested in one and have been stopped teased by my husband. And it’s needless to say that you’ll love chopping your vegetables.
- Baking Sheets: I had no idea that I’ll use baking sheets for baking stuff other than cakes. LOL. But the fact is these are a lifesaver when you have to toss something in your oven real quick. Again, I have tried, tested and learned from purchasing cheaper varieties that they always end up getting rusted and look dangerous after a period of use. So, I would really recommend using these half pan sheets for your sheet cakes and recipes such as these.
- But half pan baking sheets are incomplete without Parchment Papers. I recommend these as a must-have kitchen tool for they come so handy when you’d like to whip up some home-made cookies, bake vegetables or even some crescent rolls. Not only do they prevent your food from burning, but it also leaves you with less headache about cleaning your trays. It’s a win-win you see.
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