Sweet Potato Fries

 Every once in a while I crave French fries. Crunchy on the outside and warm and soft in the center. Nothing like it! One of my Grandma Tessie’s best dishes was homemade fries.

A few years back Sweet Potato Fries started making appearances on restaurant menus as the healthy and some what exotic cousin.

Exotic maybe but Healthy? Not likely. There are some subtle differences in nutrition but the calories and fat is similar to regular fries. A serving could pack a whopping 500 calories and 25 grams of fat! That’s a lot of extra activity to undo that food choice!

Here is a healthier version, baked instead of fried, guaranteed to satisfy your craving without breaking the calorie bank!

Sweet Potato Fries

2 medium sweet potatoes-scrubbed
Flavored salt-I like citrus infused salt
2 TBSP Fresh Thyme
Sweet paprika
Cayenne Pepper
Black pepper

Preheat the oven to 450. For the crispest fries, place a wire rack on top of a baking sheet.

Leave the skin on the potatoes, cut them into ¼ inch thick lengthwise strips. Then cut them into ¼ wide sticks. Put cut potatoes into a large bowl and sprinkle generously with salt. Let stand for about 20 min to eliminate the moisture.

Spread the potatoes out on paper towel to absorb any left over moisture. Put them back in a large bowl spray them with cooking spray and toss. Sprinkle in the thyme, flavored salt, pepper, cayenne and paprika to taste. Spread the potatoes on the wire rack.

Bake until golden brown 35-45 minutes.

These are easy to make but take a little time. It might be tempting to cut them and bake without letting them stand but eliminating some of the moisture will make them crispier.

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