Sweet potato fries are my absolute favorite snack! Crisp on the outside and soft and sweet on the inside, my Brenda Gantt Sweet Potato Fries Recipe has been perfected over many years in my kitchen. Today I’m excited to share how I make these delicious oven baked fries at home.
Why I Love This Sweet Potato Fries
I love this recipe because the sweet potatoes create fries that are naturally sweeter and more flavorful than regular fries. Baking instead of frying removes a lot of fat and calories while still allowing you to achieve a lovely crisp exterior. My recipe includes seasonings like seasoned salt, chili powder, garlic powder and cayenne for a tasty kick of spice and flavor. It’s also simple enough to throw together during a busy weeknight.
How to Make This Dish
Making Brenda Gantt’s sweet potato fries at home is so easy! You only need a few simple kitchen appliances and ingredients. I always have sweet potatoes, oil and spices on hand in my kitchen so this recipe comes together in a flash. Here’s a brief overview of what you’ll need:
- Sweet Potatoes
- Butter and brown sugar
- Cinnamon sugar
- Peel the sweet potatoes using a knife. You can make the peeling process easier by cutting the sweet potatoes into little circles first.
- Once peeled, cut the sweet potatoes into fries. You can do this by cutting the circles into smaller strips.
- Heat oil in a frying pan. You can test if the oil is hot enough by dropping a small piece of sweet potato into it.
- Fry the sweet potato fries in the hot oil until they are golden brown and crispy.
- Once fried, remove the sweet potato fries from the oil and place them on a paper towel to absorb any excess oil.
- Season the sweet potato fries with salt to taste.
There are so many possibilities for putting a unique spin on this sweet potato fry recipe:
- Southwest Style: Add cumin, paprika and lime zest.
- Spicy Sriracha: Toss fries in sriracha sauce before baking.
- Parmesan-Herb: Top with freshly grated parmesan and Italian herbs after baking.
- Sweet Cinnamon Sugar: Dredge baked fries in melted butter then cinnamon-sugar.
Sweet potato fries make a fun addition to all types of meals. I love serving them as a side to my homemade burgers and sandwiches in place of regular french fries. You can also enjoy them as an appetizer at your next game day party or family gathering. For a complete meal, I’ll add crispy baked chicken tenders and fresh greens. The possibilities are endless!
Storing and Reheating
Properly stored, leftover baked sweet potato fries will keep for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator. Allow them to cool completely first, then place in an airtight container. To reheat, spread fries out on a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees F for 4 to 5 minutes. Keep an eye on them and remove once hot and sizzling. I don’t recommend microwaving baked fries as it makes them mushy.
What kind of sweet potatoes work best?
I prefer using organic garnet or jewel yams. Choose medium sized sweet potatoes with smooth, blemish-free skin.
Should I peel the potatoes before slicing into fries?
Yes, always peel sweet potatoes as the skins can become overly tough when baked into fries or tots.
How thick should I cut the fries?
For the perfect crispy baked fry, cut them between 1/4 to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut larger fries if you prefer them extra soft and sweet in the centers.
Do I really need to flip them halfway during baking?
It’s crucial to flip the fries at the halfway point to allow even browning and crisping on all sides in the hot oven.
Can I double this recipe for a larger crowd?
Absolutely! Just use a bigger baking sheet or multiple sheets so fries don’t overcrowd. Rotate pans halfway through if needed.
These Brenda Gantt Sweet Potato Fries have become my go-to for a deliciously easy side dish that always satisfies. With their crispy baked coating and natural sweetness, they make an ideal replacement for regular fries. I’m certain this recipe will earn rave reviews from your friends and family as well. Try whipping up my sweet potato fries today for your next meal! Enjoy!