I would consider sweet potato fries to be one of those things that people are 100% down with or just haven’t bothered trying. I remember one of the first times having them at a restaurant and if I’m being honest, I was not the biggest fan. Looking back, they were so FRIED. They should have been called fried sweet potato fries on the menu – it was too much for me!
That tends to be a theme at restaurants, especially chain ones – that old oil taste from a fryer lingers a little longer in your mouth than you’d like. After many years since this not so grand experience, I can say sweet potato fries are one of my favorite things now that I’ve learned how to make them myself. I also like to switch things up from the usual, so I perfected a tasty spicy sweet potato fry recipe with minimal oil and lots of flavor.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
- 2 medium sized sweet potatoes
- 1 tbsp of olive oil
- 1/2 tbsp of hot pepper flakes
- 3 finely chopped sprigs of rosemary (or 2 tbsp dried)
- 1 1/2 tbsp of honey of your choice (maple syrup as an alternative too!)
- 1/2 tbsp of water (to thin honey)
- 1 tsp of salt
- Preheat oven to 375°
- While oven preheats, slice the potatoes in half, length wise and repeat the entire time to ensure that the small wedges maintain that long fry look. Continue to chop until the potatoes are fully sliced.
- Create a mixture of remaining olive oil, hot pepper flakes, rosemary, and salt.
- Toss the fries in the mixture in a large bowl to coat evenly.
- Evenly distribute the fries on the baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes.
- Mix water and honey together to create a thinner sweet sauce that will be easier to distribute.
- Baste the fries with honey and let bake for 8-10 more minutes. (They may need a little bit more time depending on how thick you cut them)
- Bonus tip: Broil for 2-4 minutes for an extra hit of crispiness!
- Enjoy these sweet and spicy fries alongside a veggie burger, or any burger really – they are a staple for BBQ night at home!
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