Salty-Sweet, crunchy and crispy, these Southern Baked Sweet Potato Fries are the perfect side dish to compliment your meal, or a healthy snack your whole family will love!
Today, I'm celebrating our slow descent into Autumn with one of my favorite fall recipes- Southern Sweet Potato Fries. One of the many things we get in North Carolina year round are gorgeous, deep orange colored sweet potatoes. On the weekends, we head to the farmers market where I can peruse the selection of local goodies. We always walk away with a few sweet potatoes.
Thought they taste just as amazing plain, occasionally I have a yearning for something sweet. These fries help to satisfy my sweet tooth without being too over the top. Which literally makes them the one of the most perfect foods ever.
These delectable fries are the perfect mate for just about anything, or can be eaten all on their own. Like most of my recipes, it's pretty straight forward. They can be prepared and baked in less than 45 minutes, leaving you plenty of time to work on the main dish, or play Pokemon, or whatever it is you do in your free-time.
This homemade baked version is much lower in fat but still packs a flavorful punch. And, because sweet potatoes are loaded with fiber and nutrients, they're so much healthier than regular potato wedges. Especially if they're fried in oil.
So now that I've regaled you with how amazing these Southern Sweet Potato Fries are, and your mouth is (hopefully) watering, let's get to it!
Ingredients3 large sweet potatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
2 tablespoons light-brown sugar
1/3 cup pecan pieces
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
DirectionsPreheat oven to 400 degrees. While the oven is warming up, peel potatoes and halve lengthwise; slice crosswise 1/2 inch thick. On a baking sheet, toss potatoes with olive oil, and season with coarse salt.(I prefer Himalayan for this recipe).
Transfer half the potatoes to a second baking sheet, and spread so that the potatoes will cook evenly. Cook both sheets until potatoes are tender, tossing occasionally, usually 25 to 30 minutes.
Sprinkle with butter, brown sugar, pecan pieces, and cayenne pepper, dividing evenly. Bake until sugar is caramelized and hard, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven.
Gently toss and allow to cool momentarily, while marveling at how scrumptious those fries look. Plate and serve with a smile!
That's it! If you liked this recipe, be sure to check out my recipe for Baked Veggie Wontons. Like most of my recipes, they're super easy, but look and taste amazing!
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Until next time,