Baked Sweet potato fries {recipe}

This post is sponsored by Walmart

I have been a fan of french fries since I was a little kid. I loved them so much that when I smelled fries coming from my neighbor’s apartment as a three or four year old, I went downstairs, knocked and the door and said “May I have some hench fries, please?” Oh Em Gee! Little me was bold and my neighbor who was around 12 at the time laughed and gave me some. The love is real people! But I know french fries love me too - they love settled on my thighs, my hips and my backside. So, I look for alternatives that are quite tasty but not as unforgiving on my body. The verdict? Sweet potato fries!

When I was working with a trainer, sweet potatoes were the carb that I ate with my dinner in the evening. I tend not to eat carbs that often and was reticent about eating them but my trainer was adamant about strengthening and building my muscles (not simply losing weight) and eating carbs was on the menu. Although I am no longer training, I do occasionally have a baked sweet potato but when I visited Walmart in search of locally grown produce, potatoes and sweet potato were my options. And of course, I went with sweet potatoes.

If you are unaware, Walmart does carry locally grown produce and I am looking forward to eating some Georgia grown watermelon in June and July when they are ready! And of course, the Georgia peaches! But for now, I am enjoying sweet potato fries. The are simple to make and are a great snack or side item for a meal. You can add all different types of seasons to them depending on your mood - from garlic, to paprika, salt, pepper and even brown sugar. Sweet potato fries in my experience are not as crispy as regular fries but I still enjoy the taste. I’d read that adding corn starch would help but didn’t seem to make a difference so I’ll likely just skip it next time I make them. Here is my recipe, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Sweet potato fries

2 medium sweet potatoes
1 tablespoon cornstarch (if using)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon brown sugar

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Peel sweet potatoes, slice and cut lengthwise into fries.
3. Place sweet potatoes in a bowl, add olive oil, mix.
4. Mix spices together and coat sweet potatoes.
5. Place sweet potatoes on non-stick cookie sheet.
6. Cook in oven for 10 minutes and flip with spatula.
7. Cook an additional 15 minutes, remove from oven.


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