Sweet Potato Fries
Surprisingly enough, french fries have never been a real trigger food for me. Don’t get me wrong, I do like them….I just don’t dream about them in the same way I dream about cookies. I don’t think I ever really cared one way or another about sweet potatoes until I started eating paleo. Now, of course, I love them. I’ll eat them no matter how they’re cooked.
Have you read Sweet Potato Power? It’s a quick read and has some terrific sweet potato recipes in it. It’s also loaded with fun and interesting facts about sweet potatoes. Here’s just a few of the things I learned about sweet potatoes:
- Sweet potatoes have more than 100% of the daily requirement for vitamin A.
- They contain high amounts of vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps protect our bodies from free radicals.
- Sweet poatoes have more fiber per serving than oatmeal.
- They are the best source for bioavailable (absorbable) beta-carotene.
- The Center for Science in Public Interest has ranked the sweet potato number one in nutrition (ahead of spinach and broccoli).
But, best of all, they taste like dessert!
So, I wanted some fries, but I didn’t want soggy, limp fries. I wanted them to turn out crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Probably pretty easy to get that kind of result if you have a deep fry machine, but I don’t. In restaurants, not only do they use a deep fryer, they also often dip their fries in flour. I thought I’d try some arrowroot powder instead of flour to see if I could get that extra crispy outside to my fries. It worked…and they were delicious. Maybe I’ll start dreaming about fries after all !!
- 2 sweet potatoes
- 2-3 Tablespoons arrowroot powder
- 2-3 Tablespoons oil of choice (olive oil or coconut oil)
- salt to taste
What to do
- Peel your sweet potatoes and slice them into sticks.
cut into sticks
- Soak in a bowl of cold water for an hour.
- Remove from water, drain in a colander and pat dry with a paper towel.
- Put your arrowroot powder into a zip lock bag and throw the potatoes in.
- Seal the bag and shake away until all of the potatoes are coated.
- Lay your potatoes out on a parchment lined baking sheet. This is very important!! I did not line my baking sheet and the fries stuck
- Drizzle coated fries with oil and toss to coat with your hands.
- Spread the oil coated fries out on your baking sheet so that they aren’t touching.
Line your baking sheet
- Bake in a 220 C oven for 20 minutes.
- Remove from oven and turn them over with a spatula. Return to oven and cook for another 5-10 minutes or until crispy and golden.
crispy and delicious
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