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Baked White Sweet Potato Fries

Baked Sweet Potato Fries are a great, healthier alternative to deep fried french fries or that classic steakhouse baked potato.  These baked fries would make the perfect side dish for any main meal.  I am excited to introduce you to a healthy little ingredient, that you can add to these baked fries, that you may have never heard of before too.  These fries are easy to make and I thought this would be a fun recipe to share during #RecipeMakeover week!  These baked fries would be a great accompaniment to the healthier main dish recipe I am sharing with y’all tomorrow.  But until then….lets go bake us some “fries” 😉

Sweet potatoes have more nutrients than their friend Mr. Russet Potato…so if your meal isn’t complete without a starch, but you are also trying to eat healthier, then give these baked sweet potato fries a try!  You can totally use any color sweet potato you prefer too…I used the white variety because I thought the white sweet potato looked more like the original french fries or baked potato that I was trying to health-ify.  The darker the sweet potato, the more nutrients it has though.

When I was growing up, my family grilled every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night, so baked potatoes were a constant side dish at the dinner table.  I always liked to help get dinner ready, so whenever we had potatoes, we would always slice a raw potato up, sprinkle some salt on it, and eat it just like that.  Is that super weird????  I still love raw potatoes with salt on them hahaha.

Baked White Sweet Potato Fries

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Serves: 4 Cooking Time: 30-minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 tablespoons nutritional yeast (optional)
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

1

Peel and cut the sweet potatoes into 1/4-inch by 1/4-inch matchsticks. Place the cut potatoes in a bowl of cold water for at least an hour. After the potatoes have soaked for at least an hour, drain the potatoes from the water and rinse the potatoes with fresh water. Pat the potatoes dry with a paper towel.

2

Preheat oven to 425-degrees and line a large, rimmed baking pan with aluminum foil. Spray with baking spray and set aside.

3

Add the potatoes and canola oil to a large ziplock bag and shake, shake, shake shake, shake, shaaaaaaake the bag, until the potatoes are thoroughly coated. Add the cornstarch to the bag and shake until the potatoes are evenly coated. If using the nutritional yeast, add the nutritional yeast to the potatoes and shake the bag until they are evenly coated. Spread the potatoes out in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.

4

Bake in 425-degree oven for 15-minutes. After 15-minutes, flip the fries over and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until fries are brown and crispy. Remove fries from the oven and sprinkle with salt. Let fries sit on the pan for several minutes, then transfer to a plate for serving. Serve warm.

Notes

Best if eaten the same day as making. Leftovers can be re-heated in the oven for maximum crispiness.

If you like a cheesy potato, then think about adding nutritional yeast to the raw potatoes at the same time you coat the potatoes with cornstarch.  I made a couple batches of fries, one plain and one with nutritional yeast, and the fries coated in nutritional yeast were the favorite.  Nutritional yeast is dairy free, but has a rich, cheese-like taste, and is rich in vitamins and nutrients.  You can find nutritional yeast in the bulk bins at the grocery store.  Here’s a great article on nutritional yeast, its benefits and other ways to use it!  I just thought it would be fun to introduce you guys to a healthy ingredient you may have never heard of before 🙂

So what is your favorite way to eat a potato??

XOXO,

Kelly

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38 Comments

  • Reply
    Lindsay | With Salt and Pepper
    April 27, 2017 at 5:13 AM

    Hey Kelly! My kids PLOW through pans of oven baked fries!! And I never would’ve thought to add nutritional yeast to them and I LOVE nutritional yeast. When I put it on their popcorn, I may dip my finger in it and eat it plain…just saying 😉 These sound so good and I’ll definitely be trying them! XOXO

    • Reply
      Kelly
      April 27, 2017 at 1:34 PM

      Hi Lindsay! Hehehe nothing wrong with that dipping your finger into the nutritional yeast and eating it plain! I am totally adding it to my popcorn next time I make some! I haven’t had popcorn in forever though! Hahaha. Hopefully next time you make baked fries, you try it with some nutritional yeast on them. Let me know what you think! XOXO 🙂

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    Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen
    April 27, 2017 at 7:24 AM

    I don’t think it’s weird to eat raw potato; my grandma always did when she was preparing potatoes. I’ve never gotten into that but I’m certainly in to these gorgeous sweet potato fries. I have some nutritional yeast in my fridge right now so I’m definitely going to sprinkle some of that right on top 🙂

    • Reply
      Kelly
      April 27, 2017 at 1:40 PM

      Thanks Kelsie!! I am glad you don’t think I am weird (well weird for eating raw potato). If you try these fries, let me know what you think. My 10-year old step son declared these fries better than McDonald’s….hahahah I don’t know about that, but these are pretty good 😉 XOXO

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    Stacy | Pop Kitchen
    April 27, 2017 at 7:28 AM

    I LOVE sweet potato fries. And you’re right, these do look a lot like the traditional russet version. Just curious, what does the cornstarch do? I’ve never heard of that before and I am super interested.

    • Reply
      Kelly
      April 27, 2017 at 1:46 PM

      Hi Stacy! The cornstarch is supposed to help make the fries crispier when they bake. You can make these without the cornstarch if you are opposed to using it too! The fries will still be yummy 🙂 XOXO

  • Reply
    Wendy
    April 27, 2017 at 6:35 PM

    I have never heard of white sweet potatoes but I am a huge sweet potato fan so I will be on the lookout for them.

    • Reply
      Kelly
      April 28, 2017 at 1:21 PM

      You can use whatever kind of sweet potatoes you like (or can find) Wendy 🙂 XOXO

  • Reply
    Kim @ The Baking ChocolaTess
    April 28, 2017 at 6:39 AM

    Never heard of them, but I know I would love them. I love sweet potato fries, french fries (duh!) so I’m sure i would love these too and I eat potatoes raw, well not the sweet potatoes <—not so good. I am going to look for these, I love a french fry(s) in disguise without all the calories! 🙂 Pinning!! <3

    • Reply
      Kelly
      April 28, 2017 at 1:28 PM

      You can use whatever sweet potatoes you like for this recipe Kim! And I have never had a raw sweet potato before…I just thought of that when you said that! Ha! Now I wonder how different a raw sweet potato tastes from a regular potato! XOXO 🙂

  • Reply
    Amy (Savory Moments)
    April 28, 2017 at 6:49 AM

    Love these! I make baked regular fries and baked orange sweet potato fries, but haven’t used white sweet potatoes before. They look delicious!

    • Reply
      Kelly
      April 28, 2017 at 1:33 PM

      Thank you Amy!! They were yummy! You can use whatever color sweet potatoes you want for this recipe though! 🙂 XOXO Have a great weekend!

  • Reply
    Maria Doss
    April 28, 2017 at 9:20 AM

    We are huge fans of sweet potatoes around here. I constantly use regular and Asian sweet potatoes, but have never set my hands on the white variety. Thanks for introducing Kelly:)

    • Reply
      Kelly
      April 28, 2017 at 1:31 PM

      Thank you Maria! You will have to let me know if you find the white ones and if you try these! XOXO 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  • Reply
    heather (delicious not gorgeous)
    May 1, 2017 at 9:29 AM

    these look so crispy and tasty! i’ve never seen white sweet potato fries, but i don’t see why they wouldn’t be just as amazing as their orange counterparts :3 also, raw potatoes?! can’t say i’ve tried those, or that i’ve been tempted to (though now i’m curious so i’ll probably nibble on a piece next time i’m cooking potatoes).

    • Reply
      Kelly
      May 1, 2017 at 4:30 PM

      Hehehe you will have to try a raw potato (with a little salt on top) and tell me what you think! I know I am weird already 😉 You can totally make these fries with whatever color sweet potatoes you want too!! XOXO 🙂

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    Colleen
    December 28, 2017 at 5:19 PM

    If I’m being honest, I always prefer baked potato fries to fried ones! These look fantastic!

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    Wendy
    December 30, 2017 at 5:22 AM

    I love the idea of adding nutritional yeast to these yummy potatoes.

    • Reply
      Kelly
      December 30, 2017 at 1:45 PM

      The nutritional yeast made these fries amazing!!

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  • Reply
    Rosie
    December 30, 2017 at 9:23 AM

    We love fries, but I don’t make them often. These are inspiring, so healthy, and so delicious! I’m excited to give them a whirl!

    • Reply
      Kelly
      December 30, 2017 at 1:47 PM

      Awesome! Thanks Rosie! These are easy to make and healthy, so you definitely should try em out. Come back and let me know what you think if you do! XOXO 🙂

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    Laura Dembowski (@piesandplots)
    December 30, 2017 at 1:02 PM

    White sweet potatoes are my favorite, but they can be hard to find.

    • Reply
      Kelly
      December 30, 2017 at 1:49 PM

      They are yummy! You can use any color sweet potatoes you like in this recipe though too 🙂 XOXO

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    piesandprejudicebaker
    December 30, 2017 at 9:48 PM

    I used to eat raw potatoes too, so funny! I haven’t in years, now I prefer them cooked haha These look so yummy Kelly, I’m going to try these soon! I usually have a bit of trouble finding white sweet potatoes so I’ll try this with the orange ones 🙂 Love that they’re baked, too! Healthy and super delicious 😀

    • Reply
      Kelly
      December 31, 2017 at 8:32 AM

      Thanks Dana! Funny that you used to eat raw potatoes too hehehe. Yes…you can totally make these fries with any color sweet potato 🙂 XOXO

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    Brenda Haines
    December 31, 2017 at 10:07 AM

    I’ll be trying these soon! They sound and look amazing!

    • Reply
      Kelly
      January 1, 2018 at 7:06 AM

      Thank you Brenda!! These are definitely a favorite side dish at our house 🙂 XOXO

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    Carlee
    December 31, 2017 at 2:46 PM

    Now I want to run to the store and find white sweet potatoes. These look awesome!

    • Reply
      Kelly
      January 1, 2018 at 7:10 AM

      Thanks Carlee! These are totally worth running to the store for hehehe 🙂 XOXO

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    Delilah Martin
    January 5, 2018 at 7:41 PM

    I can’t wait to try this recipe!

    • Reply
      Kelly
      January 8, 2018 at 9:26 PM

      Thanks Delilah! You will have to let me know what you think if you make them 🙂

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    Buddy Garrett
    January 6, 2018 at 6:39 PM

    The fries sound delicious.

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      Kelly
      January 8, 2018 at 9:29 PM

      Thank you Buddy!!

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