Baked Sweet Potato Fries

 
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Baked Sweet Potato Fries
by Sean Palmer - Monday, 21 March 2016, 7:35 AM
 

INGREDIENTS

2 large sweet potatoes                                             Water (for soaking)
2 Tbsp. corn starch                                                  1 Tbsp. olive oil (or vegetable oil)
1/2 tsp pepper                                                           1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder                                               Salt (to taste)
Shredded parmesan (optional)                               Chopped fresh parsley (optional)

 

PREPARATION

Rinse and peel sweet potatoes. To cut into fries, cut a small sliver off the edge of the potatoes lengthwise to create a flat side for them to rest on. Turn the potato over to lay on its flat side. Then cut lengthwise into four to five long slices (or 1/4-3/8 inch slices). Cut each slice lengthwise into three to four fries (1/4-3/8 inch).

Place the fries in a bowl of water and soak for one hour. (This helps remove excess starch from the potatoes so your fries will be crispier.)

Preheat the oven to 425°F / 220°C.

Rinse and dry off. In a large bowl or gallon bag, toss the fries with corn starch until they’re evenly coated. Then add the oil and toss to coat. Add the pepper, paprika, garlic powder and toss to evenly distribute your spices. (Hold off on adding the salt until after baking. This will help make sure the fries are crispy.)

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminium foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Lay out the French fries, being sure not to overcrowd the pan. (You may need two pans, depending on how large your pans are. Avoid overcrowding one pan or your fries may not crisp up.)

Bake for 15 minutes. Flip fries with tongs, then bake for an additional 10-15 minutes.

Sprinkle on salt (to taste) and serve! Add shredded parmesan and chopped parsley for an optional garnish. Enjoy with your favourite dipping sauce