Sweet Potato Fries

by lisa | 31 January 2013 15:35

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:

  1. Sweet potatoes have more than 100% of the daily requirement for vitamin A.
  2. They contain high amounts of vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps protect our bodies from free radicals.
  3. Sweet poatoes have more fiber per serving than oatmeal.
  4. They are the best source for bioavailable (absorbable) beta-carotene.
  5. 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!

Nutrition powerhouse

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 !!


What to do

  1. Peel your sweet potatoes and slice them into sticks.

    cut into sticks

  2. Soak in a bowl of cold water for an hour.
  3. Remove from water, drain in a colander and pat dry with a paper towel.
  4. Put your arrowroot powder into a zip lock bag and throw the potatoes in.
  5. Seal the bag and shake away until all of the potatoes are coated.

    shake, shake

  6. 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 🙁
  7. Drizzle coated fries with oil and toss to coat with your hands.
  8. Spread the oil coated fries out on your baking sheet so that they aren’t touching.

    Line your baking sheet

  9. Bake in a 220 C oven for 20 minutes.


  10. 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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