This is one of my very favorite ways how to eat sweet potatoes, and it is a thousand times better than usual fries. And I mean the one from real potatoes 🙂 My kids love them. Sweet potatoes are naturally sweet, so through adding some spices, you create the amazingly flavorful taste. You can eat them as a side dish, but they are also perfect for snacking or as an appetizer. And they are so simple and quick to make.
Did you know that sweet potato is possibly the first nutritive humankind encountered? They were brought to Europe by Christopher Columbus already after his first return from the expedition to the New World. And perhaps they have this name “sweet potatoes,” they have nothing to do with the potatoes. They don’t even have a familiar relationship. Sweet potatoes were even classified as one of the most healthy root vegetables in the world.
Extremely healthy, extremely good. As with carrots, the orange color of sweet potatoes shows the presence of beta-carotene, a plant pigment that changes into vitamin A in the body and is essential for healthy eyes and proper functioning of the immune system. It is not necessary to emphasize that sweet potato also contain healthy fiber, lots of minerals and it would be foolish not to try them out.
You can serve your fries with any favorite sauce of yours. But if you haven’t got an idea at the moment, you maybe try my sour cream mayonnaise. The big advantage of this mayo is that you don’t have to use raw eggs and the taste is very similar. So what you do is mix 200 g / 7 oz of sour cream, 3 tablespoons whipped cream, 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt, pepper and optionally chili.
Always try to choose those sweet potatoes with a little stain as possible, which are in the best condition so that you don’t have to peel them. If they are for some reason more damaged, peel the skin with a vegetable peeler or using a knife.
- 1 sweet potato
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- Garlic powder
- Red pepper
- Ground cumin
- Preheat oven to 180ºC (360ºF). Cover baking sheet with baking parchment paper or non-stick silicone baking pad.
- Leave the skin on (if in good condition) and cut sweet potatoes into thin, even matchsticks with a very sharp knife.
- In a large bowl mix the fries with olive oil and all the seasoning.
- Transfer fries to a baking sheet and arrange in a single layer to ensure they crisp up.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes and then cover with an aluminum foil. Bake for five more minutes or until brown and crispy. You’ll know they are ready when the edges are dark brown and crispy.
- Remove from oven and serve.
- Serve plain or with your favorite dip or with sour cream mayonnaise. (See recipe above).