World’s Best Sweet Potato Fries

Here’s how to make sweet potato fries: the best you’ll have at home! They’re incredible: baked until crispy and seasoned to perfection. Hello, fry lovers. Meet our new favorite healthy fries: the World’s Best Sweet Potato Fries! Ok, we’ll admit: we haven’t performed a scientific survey to validate this claim. However: we’ve made a lot of homemade fries. In fact, you could call us fry experts. This recipe is the culmination of years of research: our quest to find the best crispy baked sweet potato fries you can make at home! All our knowledge from regular French fries translates to this master recipe, plus a little secret on how to make them crispy. 4 tricks to crispy baked sweet potato fries There are lots of people who claim to have the secret to the best baked sweet potato fries. Here’s the the problem with sweet potatoes: they have more moisture than a typical russet potato. So it’s tricky to get them to crisp up unless you deep fry them. Here are four tricks that make baked sweet potato fries come out crispy: Soak for 10 minutes in cold water. This really works! Soaking removes excess potato starch, resulting in maximum […]

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Here’s how to make sweet potato fries: the best you’ll have at home! They’re incredible: baked until crispy and seasoned to perfection.

Sweet potato fries

Hello, fry lovers. Meet our new favorite healthy fries: the World’s Best Sweet Potato Fries! Ok, we’ll admit: we haven’t performed a scientific survey to validate this claim. However: we’ve made a lot of homemade fries. In fact, you could call us fry experts. This recipe is the culmination of years of research: our quest to find the best crispy baked sweet potato fries you can make at home! All our knowledge from regular French fries translates to this master recipe, plus a little secret on how to make them crispy.

4 tricks to crispy baked sweet potato fries

There are lots of people who claim to have the secret to the best baked sweet potato fries. Here’s the the problem with sweet potatoes: they have more moisture than a typical russet potato. So it’s tricky to get them to crisp up unless you deep fry them. Here are four tricks that make baked sweet potato fries come out crispy:

  1. Soak for 10 minutes in cold water. This really works! Soaking removes excess potato starch, resulting in maximum crispiness. The best part: you can do this while you preheat the oven, so there’s no time lost.
  2. Coat in cornstarch. Cornstarch helps to form a crispy coating for sweet potatoes, which can turn soggy and limp in the oven, unlike a russet potato.
  3. Place on parchment paper. Don’t use a Silpat or silicon baking sheet, which can make for soggy fries! Paper is the way to go.
  4. Spread apart on the baking sheet. Spread the fries as far apart on the baking sheet as possible: this allows for maximum airflow and enhances crispiness. Bake a maximum of 2 pounds of potatoes in the oven at once.
Sweet potato fries

Ingredients for sweet potato fries

These sweet potato fries require only a few ingredients to make fry perfection. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Small to medium sweet potatoes: Weigh out 2 pounds when you buy them: they vary in size widely, so it’s easiest to specify weight. Some sweet potatoes can be massive: these are hard to cut and don’t make pretty fries. Look for small to medium sized sweet potatoes for the best looking fries.
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic powder and onion powder
  • Cornstarch
  • Salt
Crispy sweet potato fries

How to cut fries by hand

Cutting fries is easy: but there are a few tricks! For sweet potato fries, we like to leave the peels on. That way you get all the nutrients and don’t have to waste time doing it! Here’s our method and see below for a video:

  • Slice off the ends of each potato, then slice off part of the side to make a base.
  • Place the potato half cut side down and cut off a 3/8-inch slice, then lay the slice on its side and cut it into several long 3/8-inch wide strips.
  • Repeat until all potatoes have been cut into fries!

Cutting sweet potato fries with a fry cutter

You can also use a fry cutter to cut fries! This is only for the most serious of home cooks, because it’s a unitasker (only good for one thing) and rather large. We got one because we make a lot fries around here! It makes for beautifully perfect fries. Here are some notes:

  • Sweet potatoes are more difficult to cut with a fry cutter than russet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are much tougher than russets, so they take much more strength to pass through the cutter. We struggled here, but eventually made it work (with Alex’s muscles). We don’t necessarily recommend using a fry cutter, but it did work.
  • The fry cutter works brilliantly for russets and other vegetables. Here’s a link to the French fry cutter we use.
Best sweet potato fries

Why these are healthy sweet potato fries

These sweet potato fries aren’t fried, so we think you can call them healthy fries! Here’s why these are a healthy, whole food version of the standard comfort food:

  • You’ll just use sweet potatoes, minimal olive oil and a bit of salt. These are all healthy, whole food ingredients. They’re basically roasted potatoes!
  • The serving size is moderate. The serving size is much less than a restaurant would serve, so that helps to keep the calories down.

Seasoning and dipping sweet potato fries

Once you’ve cut your fries, seasoned and baked them: you’ll want to start sneaking bites right off of the baking sheet! In fact, it’s hard to actually get them on our table because we want to devour them so quickly. You definitely don’t need a dipping sauce with these. But if you love a little flair (we do), here are some seasoning mixes and sauces for dipping:

Sweet potato fries

This sweet potato fries recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Sweet potato fries

World’s Best Sweet Potato Fries


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 3 to 4
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Here’s how to make sweet potato fries: the best you’ll have at home! They’re incredible: baked until crispy and seasoned to perfection.


Ingredients

  • 2 pounds small to medium sweet potatoes*
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Evenly space the oven racks to ensure even cooking.
  2. Cut the potatoes into fries: (Watch this video or use a fry cutter.) Wash the potatoes, leaving the skins on. Slice off the ends of each potato, then slice off part of the side to make a base. Place the potato half cut side down and cut off a 3/8-inch slice, then lay the slice on its side and cut it into several long strips. Repeat until all potatoes have been cut into fries. The pieces can be uneven, but aim for as uniform of thickness as possible**. See the video for full instructions!
  3. Soak in cold water (10 minutes): Place the cut fries into a medium bowl and rinse with cold water until water is clear. Then fill the bowl with cold water and allow to rest for 10 minutes (while the oven preheats). Then drain the potatoes and dry them thoroughly with a clean dish towel.
  4. Season the fries: Place the fries in a large bowl; drizzle with the olive oil, then add the garlic powder, onion powder, kosher salt, and cornstarch. Mix thoroughly to combine. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Spread the fries on the paper, placing them as far apart as possible.
  5. Bake: Bake 15 minutes on one side. Remove the trays from the oven and flip the fries. Place them back in the oven (on reversed oven racks for even baking) and bake 16 to 19 minutes until the fries are dry and slightly browned. Watch them carefully as the cooking time can depend on the thickness and your specific oven. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.

Notes

*Weigh out the potatoes for accuracy. Sweet potatoes vary widely in size so it’s easiest to specify quantity by weight instead of a number of potatoes. Small to medium potatoes have the best shape for fries.

**You can also use a fry cutter; it’s a little harder to use on sweet potatoes but still works (see above).

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

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Summer Fruit Recipes

It’s summer! Whether you’re in or outdoors, hopefully for all of you there are beautiful summer fruits and berries to be had, and I hope that you’re able to get your hands on as many of them as you can. I am loading (actually, overloading…) myself up at the market. While a good portion on the fresh fruit gets eaten just as-is, some of it…

It’s summer! Whether you’re in or outdoors, hopefully for all of you there are beautiful summer fruits and berries to be had, and I hope that you’re able to get your hands on as many of them as you can. I am loading (actually, overloading…) myself up at the market. While a good portion on the fresh fruit gets eaten just as-is, some of it goes into the following dessert recipes that I continue to make year after year. Others go into jam, which is a great way to preserve all those summer fruits and berries, and make them last through fall and winter.

Cherry season is behind most of us (sniff…sniff…), but if they are still lingering where you live, you can type “cherry” or “cherries” into the search engine at the top right corner of the page to find cherry recipes. (And we don’t get a bountiful array of fresh raspberries and blackberries here, so I don’t have many recipes that use them on the blog.) But for nectarines, strawberries, peaches, plums and other summer fruits, here are some of my favorite recipes on the blog…

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Crispy Orzo with Artichokes and Lemon.

It’s here!! This crispy orzo pot, a flavor explosion, is fiiiinally here. Crispy orzo with artichokes and creamy goat cheese and zesty lemon and crunchy prosciutto. Doesn’t that sound like the best party in your mouth? Come watch me make it on instagram today! Gosh I just love anything with artichokes. Okay so I promise […]

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It’s here!! This crispy orzo pot, a flavor explosion, is fiiiinally here.

This crispy orzo is a wonderful spring dish. Artichoke hearts, lemon, goat cheese and herbs all topped with a sprinkling of crunchy prosciutto.

Crispy orzo with artichokes and creamy goat cheese and zesty lemon and crunchy prosciutto. Doesn’t that sound like the best party in your mouth?

Come watch me make it on instagram today!

crispy orzo

Gosh I just love anything with artichokes.

Okay so I promise I’m not turning into a pasta blog. This is another dish that I made waaaay before our quarantine, but it works out well if you have a few pantry ingredients! You can sub rice or even couscous for the orzo, so there’s that.

I’m such a seasonal cook so coming up with meals that can be made with ingredients in our pantry right now has been HARD. I want to cook all the fresh asparagus and spring produce and prepare delicious Easter dishes!

Luckily, this one fits the quarantine bill. You may need to skip an ingredient or two if you don’t have it, but that’s totally okay!

crispy prosciutto

So let’s do it. 

You have to cook the orzo first (and you can totally do this ahead of time) but once it’s cooked? It comes together quickly!

The other thing you want to do is crisp up some prosciutto. This is my FAVORITE part. One of my favorite salads ever is a simple greens salad with tons of lemon, parmesan and crispy prosciutto.

Besides being delicious, obviously, one of the main reasons I love this prosciutto is because once it’s crisped up (pan fried like bacon), it becomes so delicately crisp that it literally crumbles at the touch. This means that you can easily crumble it over salads and pastas. It’s much thinner than bacon or pancetta, so it truly SHATTERS.

Yes, shattered prosciutto pasta. We should make that a thing!

artichoke

And the other great thing – because the prosciutto is so thin, it doesn’t get soft and gross in the fridge. Meaning leftovers of this are INCREDIBLE. Super good with possibly even more flavor? 

This crispy orzo is a wonderful spring dish. Artichoke hearts, lemon, goat cheese and herbs all topped with a sprinkling of crunchy prosciutto.

ANYWAY.

After the cooking of the orzo and the crumbling of the prosciutto, it comes together.

The most important part is to crisp up the orzo! Considering this is a crispy orzo dish, that part is important. Take a big old pan or skillet, add some olive oil and toss in the cooked orzo. Almost as if you’re making fried rice. You want to alternate between stirring occasionally and flattening the orzo against the pan, allowing it to cook a few minutes before tossing. 

This crispy orzo is a wonderful spring dish. Artichoke hearts, lemon, goat cheese and herbs all topped with a sprinkling of crunchy prosciutto.

There will be bits of crispy orzo, some chunks will stick together and some pieces will remain soft, which makes this a texture lover’s dream. 

Like me! That’s me. Give me alllll the texture. 

You’re going to add canned/jarred artichoke hearts, a bunch of fresh lemon zest, goat cheese (or feta, or parm, or whatever you have on hand), and a few mint leaves. Spring in a dish, if I do say so myself.

Oh and don’t be freaked by the mint! It adds this refreshing bite that works so well. If you don’t have it right now, any other herb that you enjoy will work.

This crispy orzo is a wonderful spring dish. Artichoke hearts, lemon, goat cheese and herbs all topped with a sprinkling of crunchy prosciutto.

I know that Easter celebrations with friends and family are up in the air for most of us. Either way, this would make a fantastic side dish. But in the meantime, it makes an incredible dinner for you, tonight!

And let’s be real – the crispy orzo can be the base for just about ANY flavor. Whatever you have in your pantry or fridge, add it in. 

Make.it.your.own.

This crispy orzo is a wonderful spring dish. Artichoke hearts, lemon, goat cheese and herbs all topped with a sprinkling of crunchy prosciutto.

Crispy Orzo with Artichokes and Lemon

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Crispy Orzo with Artichokes and Lemon

This crispy orzo is a wonderful spring dish. Artichoke hearts, lemon, goat cheese and herbs all topped with a sprinkling of crunchy prosciutto.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2 as a meal, 4 as a side dish
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked orzo
  • 4 ounces prosciutto
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 12 ounce jars artichoke hearts, drained (and chopped if you wish)
  • 1 lemon, zest grated and juiced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 to 4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
  • fresh mint or herbs for garnish

Instructions

  • If you haven’t cooked the orzo yet, bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook 1 ½ cups according to the package directions. This is usually to boil for 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the prosciutto and cook until crisp and golden, about 5 to 6 minutes. Remove the prosciutto and place it on a paper towel to cool. Prosciutto does not render as much fat as bacon, so you will most likely need olive oil here. If you use bacon instead, there may be enough fat in the skillet to cook the orzo. Ideally you want about 2 tablespoons.
  • In the same skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil. Add in the shallots and the garlic with a pinch of salt and stir. Cook for 5 minutes, until softened. Add in the orzo and toss well. Press the orzo into an even layer in the pan so it covers the entire bottom. Let it cook and crispy for a few minutes, then toss and repeat the process, pressing it into the bottom of the pan to cook. You want to do this a few times over, until the orzo is a bit crisp and golden in color.
  • Once the orzo is finished, add in the artichoke hearts. Stir in the lemon zest and juice. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Turn off heat.
  • Crumble the goat cheese into the orzo and toss. Stir in the fresh mint. Crumble the prosciutto on top and serve immediately.

This crispy orzo is a wonderful spring dish. Artichoke hearts, lemon, goat cheese and herbs all topped with a sprinkling of crunchy prosciutto.

Crunch crunch crunch.

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Crispy Chickpea Chopped Salad.

About to make this crispy chickpea chopped salad your new favorite thing!  How is that for alliteration? Because a good salad is better with alliteration.  This salad came from two places.  Err, let me say that again. This idea came from two other salads that I make all the time. My favorite greek salad and […]

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About to make this crispy chickpea chopped salad your new favorite thing! 

This crispy chickpea chopped salad is super simple and loaded with flavor. It's an incredible side or starter and a huge crowd pleaser!

How is that for alliteration? Because a good salad is better with alliteration. 

crispy roasted chickpeas

This salad came from two places. 

Err, let me say that again. This idea came from two other salads that I make all the time. My favorite greek salad and my howsweeteats house salad. They are probably the salads I make the most often in this house – the salads that I make when we need a salad on the side or as a starter.

This crispy chickpea chopped salad is super simple and loaded with flavor. It's an incredible side or starter and a huge crowd pleaser!

It’s no secret that I make a TON of other salads, but they tend more towards “entree salads” now don’t they? They do! Not only because most have chicken or meat or another protein, but it’s because they are enormous. 

The greek salad and the house salad are great for a salad course or on the side. Sure, you can add a protein of some sorts to them, but they are simple and fantastic on their own.

shallot vinaigrette

I’ve wanted to another salad where chickpeas are the star – this panzanella with chimichurri and chickpeas is incredible, but I wanted something… easier.

Something chopped. Because a chopped salad is basically my love language. Chopped salads are how I really learned to love salads – all the flavors in one big bite of salad, since everything is chopped small. It’s so much more enjoyable for me!

This crispy chickpea chopped salad is super simple and loaded with flavor. It's an incredible side or starter and a huge crowd pleaser!

So this chopped salad.

First, we start with some super crispy chickpeas. These are best made right before eating, but if you follow me on instagram, you know I make them ahead of time ALL the time. Sure, they lose a little crunch as the days go on. But they still have tons of flavor.

Into the big bowl goes:

Lots of butter lettuce, chopped up.

Tomatoes and cucumbers, for a somewhat greek salad feel, even though this isn’t a greek salad at all. 

Torn castelvetrano olives. I am a briney olive freak and if you are too, raise your hand! Or skip the olives if you hate them.

Lots of creamy, dreamy goat cheese. Big hunks of it! 

See? Embarrassingly easy!

This crispy chickpea chopped salad is super simple and loaded with flavor. It's an incredible side or starter and a huge crowd pleaser!

The dressing is a shallot vinaigrette and I love this for a few reasons. First, I love any sort of vinaigrette (see my briney love above). Second, with the shallots sitting in the honey with some salt and pepper and red wine vinegar, they soften and lose some of that sharp taste. It’s a great way to add raw onion and flavor to your salad without actual pieces of raw onion straight from the… onion. This is more like marinated onion! 

Then mix the whole thing up! Bite after bite is perfect and flavorful. 

This is a salad for, frankly, whenever you want it! Need something lighter for lunch? Go for it. Want a side for dinner? This is it. There is tons of flavor, lots of texture and all this green stuff which apparently is super good for us! 

This crispy chickpea chopped salad is super simple and loaded with flavor. It's an incredible side or starter and a huge crowd pleaser!

Crispy Chickpea Chopped Salad

Crispy Chickpea Chopped Salad

This crispy chickpea chopped salad is super simple and loaded with flavor. It’s an incredible side or starter and a huge crowd pleaser!

  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 8 cups butter lettuce, (chopped)
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, (chopped)
  • ⅔ cup chopped cucumber
  • ½ cup castelvetrano olives, (pitted and torn)

shallot vinaigrette

  • 1 small shallot, (diced)
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Place the chickpeas on a towel and lightly towel dry them so they aren’t wet from rinsing. You can remove any loose skins at this time too. Place the chickpeas on a baking sheet and drizzle with the olive oil. Toss to coat, then sprinkle with the paprika, garlic powder, oregano, salt and pepper. Shake the pan a few times to distribute the seasoning. Roast the chickpeas for 15 minutes, then toss and roast for 10 to 15 more.
  2. To make the salad, chop the lettuce and place it in a large bowl. Top with the chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, olives and goat cheese. I like to drizzle the dressing on now, so it doesn’t take lots of crisp away from the chickpeas. Toss the salad then top with the chickpeas and eat!

shallot vinaigrette

  1. In a bowl or jar, whisk together the shallot, vinegar, honey, salt and pepper. Stream in the olive oil until emulsified and combined. This stores great in the fridge for a few days.

This crispy chickpea chopped salad is super simple and loaded with flavor. It's an incredible side or starter and a huge crowd pleaser!

Chomp chomp.

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