June 9, 2014

Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet and Spicy Sweet Potato Fries make for a delicious and healthy snack! An easy trick guarantees that they are crispy, so you can focus on eating them!

Sweet Potato Fries

When I was younger, Disney was a big thing in my family. Summer holidays meant trips either back to Jamaica (I didn’t grow up here) or trips to Disney, and as a Disney fanatic, this was a very big deal to me. I can remember being young with my brother meeting Aladdin and Chip & Dale for the first time, and being unable to contain my excitement, while also meeting Jafar and coming close to running out of there because why would I want to associate with this bad guy??

In case you’re wondering, yes, Toy Story has caused me to STILL believe that stuffed animals are real. And at 23 years old, I am still very much of that belief. Just kidding.

Kinda.

Sweet Potato Fries

I think Disney not only reflected all my favourite characters, princesses (Ariel is basically the coolest princess ever in my eyes), and crazy fun summer and Christmas vacations, but an opportunity for happiness, hope and a bit of magic, things are still essential in my life today. I still have my hopes, my dreams, my Prince Charming and my happiness.

Mr. Jessiker Bakes and I went to Disney for our first anniversary (PRINCE Charming!) and to say I had a blast would be an understatement. Even if it’s just for a week, or a weekend, it’s a chance to break out of the normal order of life and have a lot of magic in your life. And perhaps these things are not an excuse for me belting Frozen songs at the top of my voice, but I would love to pretend it is. I mean, isn’t that a part of my dreams, dreaming and hoping that one day my singing voice won’t be mistaken for someone croaking?

Sweet Potato Fries

Anyway, time to tie this trip down memory lane to these sweet potato fries. Sweet potato fries have a lot of magic in them, allowing you to enjoy everyone’s favourite side order in a much healthier way, both with the potato used and the method of baking them, and without any loss of taste or flavour. When I say these fries are loaded with flavour, I mean it. You can add any seasonings that you want to these naturally delicious and sweet fries and they would compliment it perfectly. I’ve also found the trick to making these beauties crisp. There’s no going back now.

Sweet Potato Fries

Cornstarch. Now, here me out. You are adding less than 40 calories for the entire two servings of fries that will change the entire game. Instead of soggy fries, or fries dried up beyond belief for leaving them in longer in an attempt of them crisping up, you get perfect, crisp-but-soft-on-the-inside and evenly cooked sweet potato fries. I could not stop eating these, and perhaps ate half of someone’s share because they are that addictive. The crunch factor alone will mean you won’t be able to get your hands off of these.

Didn’t I tell you everyday life is filled with a bit of Disney magic?

Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet Potato Fries

Preparation 10 min Cook Time 25 min Serves 2     adjust servings

Sweet and Spicy Sweet Potato Fries make for a delicious and healthy snack! An easy trick guarantees that they are crispy, so you can focus on eating them!

Ingredients

  • 1 large sweet potato, washed, scrubbed and dried
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 3/4 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two cookie sheets with a silicone baking mat (such as SILPAT) or foil, lightly sprayed.
  2. Cut the sweet potato into half, then into quarters, then cut into even fries (not too thin).
  3. In a plastic ziplock bag, add the fries and the cornstarch and shake until all the fries are coated, for about 1 minute.
  4. Add the oil to the bag and shake again, coating all of the fries.
  5. Add all the seasonings in a ramekin, and then add the bag and shake again to coat fries.
  6. Pour the fries onto the baking sheets so that they are NOT crowded (very important or they will just steam each other and not crisp) and slightly spread out.
  7. Bake for 23-25 minutes, watching them after 20 minutes so they don't burn.
  8. Remove from oven once done and serve hot with mayo and ketchup. Enjoy!

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Recipe Notes

Adapted from Comfort of Cooking

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76 comments

  1. Yes, yes, I am crazy for sweet potatoes. These fries look lipsmackingly delicious, Jessica.

  2. Loving theses fries. And that shot with the salting of the fries is perfect!

  3. I just had to pin these gorgeous fries!!

  4. Johlene says:

    I love sweet potatoe fries! I love the cornstarch trick and I´m definitely going to try it! The trick I was given was to soak them in water for 30 minutes befoorehand, and then to dry them completely before baking, this helps to get them crisp too 🙂 Oh and not to use salt before or during the cooking process, this helps too!
    These photos make me want to make some right now!
    xoxo

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Johlene! I love your tips, I need to try them also!

  5. Ashley says:

    We love sweet potato fries! I don’t even remember the last time I made regular ones : ) These look fantastic!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Ashley! Same here; can’t remember the last time I made regular fries :).

  6. Kelly says:

    Yes to magical sweet potato fries! We can’t get enough of them and that batch would be gone in no time at our house 🙂 Love that shot of you salting the fries – looks amazing!

  7. Sweet potato fries are a big favorite around here! I’ve never added cinnamon to the seasoning though, but it sounds warm and delicious so I’ll give it a whirl next time (…which will probably be in a day or two). LOVE the animated salt sprinkling, too.

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Alyssa! The Cinnamon added a nice warmth for me.

  8. We haven’t been to disney in years! My daughter says she can’t even remember ever going. Bummer, right? Sweet potato fries are awesome. I’ve yet to meet some that I didn’t love. These look perfect. I love your salt sprinkling pictures too.

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Cindy! And yes bummer she doesn’t remember, but that happened to me too when I was younger until pictures jogged my memory haha 🙂

  9. marcie says:

    Sweet potato fries are the best in my book, and the cornstarch intrigues me — I need to try that next time I make them! Crispy is always better. Love your photos, too! 🙂

  10. oh my gawd!! These sweet potato fries have ME swooning!! they look so good!!! we are headed to disney next month with my kids. . we used to live in LA . but moved so my youngest has never been. . God help us. They are so excited to meet all the princesses! 😛

    • Jessica says:

      HAVE FUN!! Just remember to plan the best times to see the princesses; they have an app that tells you the times they come out :). And thanks Alice!!

  11. I love Disney too! My husband and I spent a couple days there on our honeymoon a few years ago and had a blast, you really can forget about all your worries and troubles while you are there. These fries look phenomenal! I’m a huge fries lover and the spice combination on these looks delicious! Never thought to use cornstarch, great tip!

    • Jessica says:

      Oh that’s so cool, it’s really a great anniversary spot :). Thanks Danae!!

  12. I loved all the Disney movies as a kid too! These fries look delicious. What a great secret about the cornstarch – you can see how crispy these are!! Yum!

  13. Monica says:

    As a sweet potato addict, I am totally down with some “fries”. I love the tip about cornstarch…will try. Thanks – these really look awesome!

  14. Love the trick you have here Jessica!! Cannot wait to try it! Plus I LOOOOOVE the gif! Great job girl!

  15. I’ve only recently learned to love sweet potatoes and now I can’t seem to get enough. Trying to get my hubby to love them too.

    • Jessica says:

      I hope he does, it’s a whole new world. Welcome to it! 🙂

  16. Love the gif! I was Disney obsessed when I was a kid too! Chip and Dale were my favorite characters! And sweet potato fries are one of my absolute favorite snacks Just pass me the entire batch, please!

    • Jessica says:

      Awesome! I was a Chip and Dale addict. Thanks Ashley! *passes batch*

  17. I love fries and these are so thin, I can only dream how crispy they must be! Yummy!

  18. Ala says:

    Whoo, crispy fries! Funnily enough, I am very much a limp fries kind of gal (weird, right?), but I have so many friends who would just love these. Thanks for sharing them, Jess 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      Haha yes Ala you are weird, but still cool. Thanks so much 🙂

  19. Yum!!! These look fantastic, and your pictures are simply stunning! Love everything about this. And I’m a total Disney fanatic! So I loved your trip down memory lane 🙂

  20. ela@GrayApron says:

    They look so elegant and thin…beautiful, Jessica. Great job!

    ela h.

  21. I’ve never tried adding cornstarch to my homemade fries, but it sounds like a wonderful trick. I can’t wait to try it out for myself! I love the sweet-savory combo of flavors you used for these fries, and the pictures turned out wonderfully!

  22. OMG… They look so delicious and crispy. I wish I could reach into the screen and have some 😉

  23. Pam says:

    Disneyland is always a fun place to go!

    Great tip about the cornstarch – I would never have thought of that. The fries look tasty!

  24. Oh, man. I’m pretty sure I could eat that entire pan of these amazing-looking fries. I LOVE sweet potato fries so much. Oh, and I’m kind of in love with that awesome gif action you’ve got going on there. Pinned! 😀

    • Jessica says:

      Aww thanks Sarah! And thanks for pinning! So glad you like the GIF.

  25. I saw these photos on Instagram and I sighed out loud. Goodness gracious they are lovely! Pinning right now!

  26. Wow!! These look AMAZING! I love love LOVE sweet potatoes! In fact, I just made my own version of them the other night! 🙂 YUM!

  27. Liz says:

    I love, love the cornstarch tip! Now I’m hankering for some yummy sweet potato fries!!!

  28. Ala says:

    JESS. Okay now I know I already commented, but I was so sleepy (i.e. running on 3 hours of sleep) I confess that I didn’t read most of your post. But now I did and GIRLLLL Ariel is the best princess ever!!! Also, I can’t believe you got to go to Disney (Florida though, right? Otherwise I’d ask why you didn’t come pay me a visit!) <3 Anyway, just wanted to let you know that. Hah! Disneyland and Disney World make things so much better 🙂 cheers!

    • Jessica says:

      Haha thanks Ala! And yes Florida 🙂 Disney is the best!

    • Jessica says:

      And thank you! Ariel is THE best Princess! Although the older I get the more I want to let her know this human world is a mess indeed!

      • Bwahahaha, no kidding, eh? It’s like, Ariel, girl, you want to stay under the sea. You’re gonna want to quit this bitch up here. But then she’ll have to deal with overfishing, pollution (all the crap we pump into the oceans and the floating islands of plastic), annoying speedboats, etc. Sigh.

  29. Jessica, I share your love of Disney. I can’t even begin to describe how much their movies and cartoons mean to me. I grew up watching all the Disney movies (I was OBSESSED with the Little Mermaid! I watched it every day for six months when it first came out on VHS) and cartoons. Every Sunday night on CBC (our Canadian national tv channel) they’d have Disney Hour at 6 pm, featuring all of the old school Disney cartoons and I never missed it. I’m going to Disney World in July and I can’t freaking wait! Just like I can’t freaking wait to try this cornstarch trick on sweet potato fries. Yours look amazingly crispy. Thanks for sharing this, girl!

    • Jessica says:

      I hope you enjoy Disney World! And yes, I still know all the songs to the Little Mermaid which is a bit pathetic, but now I know all the songs to frozen SO childhood innocence is no longer an excuse. Thanks Nancy! 🙂

  30. Happy anniversary! You should watch a nice Disney’s movie 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Marta! Always 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      Ha I should have specified that this was last Anniversary! The next one is around the corner 🙂

  31. Elizabeth says:

    I’m new to your blog and what too me so long to find it! This recipe looks amazing and your food pictures are so beautiful. I can’t wait to try to make it!

  32. We are planning a trip to Disney next year and staying with my best friend from high school who moved to Florida. My son made sweet potato fries from a recipe he got at his new job at the local deli. He loves trying new recipes and I can’t wait to share this one with him – and try a few of those fries!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Meghan, that sounds exciting!!I hope you all enjoy Disney so much and your friend’s company!

  33. Homemade fries? Fabulous! These look so crisp and crunchy!

  34. roxanne says:

    Can you use tapioca starch? I dont eat corn in any form.

    • Jessica says:

      I haven’t tried it in this specific recipe but based on my experience, it should work!

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    IMHO you’ve got the right anrwse!

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