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Sweet Potato French Fry Recipe

Get Fit Challenge: Snack on Sweet Potato Fries

The tenth challenge for the Get Fit For 2010 giveaway is to share a healthy snack. FitSugar reader SnackGirl likes to munch on sweet potato fries.

The most eaten vegetable in the United States is the potato. Found in fast food venues from coast to coast the delicious French Fries are hard to avoid. BUT, it is possible to bake something that will satisfy the craving. Baked sweet potato fries have the crunchy outside, and the soft inside and they pack a nutritional wallop with 219% of your daily allowance of Vitamin A in one serving. And that is just ONE of the benefits of eating them. How do you make sweet potatoes taste amazing? Add a little sugar and there is a caramelization that takes place. Do you notice the word "caramel" here?

Anyone else like the taste of brown sugar and salt?

The key to this recipe is to hang around and flip the fries after 15 minutes, and not to crowd the pan. These are really EASY to make. If you don't have a decent vegetable peeler, you should get one. Having a working peeler makes you want to peel vegetables. Having a crappy peeler makes you want to order from Burger King.


After you make these, just pop them in your fridge. Eat them as a snack or add them to your salad. Mush them in your yogurt or eat them for breakfast After they are refrigerated, they aren't as crunchy but they still taste really good. Sweet potatoes are available all year, though their season is Fall and Winter. Choose potatoes that are hard to the touch, because the soft ones are rotten.

Check out the recipe when you

Sweet Potato Fries Recipe
(serves 4)
aluminum foil for pan
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon brown sugar
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 450 F. Half the sweet potatoes lengthwise. Place on flat slide and slice 5-6 spears (thick and long strips) of sweet potato. Place them on the aluminum foil and toss with olive oil and sugar. Spread them in one layer. It is important that they have space around them and aren't piled up on each other. Bake for 15 minutes and turn with tongs or a spatula. Bake for another 5 to 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Add salt and pepper. Serve hot, room temperature, or cold.

See snack-girl for great healthy snack ideas!

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Skorpio Skorpio 6 years
What do I add to make them spicy?
mandaleebee mandaleebee 7 years
Cut the calories of the sugar and add cinnamon instead! I like to use cinnamon and then chili powder to add a kick to the sweetness. Also, sometimes instead of olive oil I spray it all with non-stick cooking spray and shake it around. Works great too and also cuts some calories! Also, I agree with some of the comments above that you shouldn't peel the potatoes!
sweetvanity sweetvanity 7 years
i agree with kristints-- i love making sweet potato fries and chips, but i don't peel them. fiber is love. *lol*
SunnyMutt SunnyMutt 7 years
They came out great and go great with a lot of meals! Thank you for this great snack idea!
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 7 years
these look freakin' amazing. i'm going to make these next week!
ella1978 ella1978 7 years
I'm totally making these for dinner now.. I have always done them with olive oil, but never added the b.sugar.. yum!
snapperdoodle snapperdoodle 7 years
Rosemary is also a really great seasoning for sweet potato fries. I'm getting hungry just thinking about them!
cherryblossom cherryblossom 7 years
I make these all the time, but with olive oil sallt and pepper, however I find that when I use aluminum foil they stick to it, and its easier to just use a cookie sheet with some olive oil brushed on it, I also use two egg whites beat up to coat them in, it gives them a nice crunch on the outside.
Camarogirl67 Camarogirl67 7 years
Okay, so I see recipes like this on FitSugar and I get confused. Is brown sugar considered a refined sugar? I.e. a bad carb? I LOVE sweet potatoes but never add sugar because I figure that's ruining the point of a healthy side. Am I wrong?
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
Costco was carrying sweet potato fries for a while, but I haven't seen them lately....luckily another store carries them cause I eat them all the time! I'm like kclulu, I like spicy dips since the sweet potato tastes sweet enough. I switch between ketchup with chipotle seasoning and sriracha depending on my mood. :)
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
Soooo good dipped in a bit of Heinz chili sauce for a little kick!
kristints kristints 7 years
How funny, I just had baked sweet potato fries for lunch! But I never peel them, they taste just as good and it's less work + more fiber.
saucymerlot saucymerlot 7 years
Just wanted to point out that at Trader Joe's (or atleast at my TJs) you can get pre-cut sweet potatoes that are already cut into french fry-like pieces. Makes it even easier - all I have to do is pop them into the oven!
kclulu kclulu 7 years
When I make sweet potato fries I usually make them spicy instead of sweet because the potato is pretty sweet as it is but these sound pretty darn good and will have to give the sugar a try!
katyharper katyharper 7 years
These sound great! I've never made them with the brown sugar before.
lauren lauren 7 years
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