If you are looking for a fun and healthy alternative to regular French fries, then making sweet potato fries will provide you with exactly what you are looking for. This is a very healthy treat and they are also very easy to make. All you need is a good sweet potato fries recipe and you will can serve them with any meal.
Sweet Potato Fries – A Fun Alternative
The best part about choosing sweet potato fries, people that don’t necessarily like sweet potatoes may enjoy them. They have a sweeter flavor than a regular French fry and are great with the right dipping sauce. In addition, sweet potatoes are one of the healthiest alternatives to a regular potato. They are very low in calories, sugar, and are a good source of dietary fiber.
There are even benefits for diabetics because eating sweet potatoes will help to regular blood sugar levels. They are also believed to lower insulin resistance, which makes the sweet potato one of the better choices for diabetics. They also contain vitamin c, E, and B6, potassium, iron, folic acid, complex carbohydrates, and beta-carotene.
Others can benefit from easing sweet potatoes as well. They contain a large amount of anti-oxidants and eating this root vegetable can help with gout, arthritis, asthma, and other inflammatory conditions.
Selecting the Best Ones for Sweet Potato Fries
When you go shopping for your sweet potatoes, you need to choose the darkest ones you can find. The darker they are the more beta-carotene and other nutrients they contain. You also want to make sure they are firm, are not discolored, and are not wrinkled. It is very important to avoid any sweet potatoes with any green discoloration because these ones can contain a toxin called solanine. This toxin can be very dangerous, even in small amounts.
Once you have a few great sweet potatoes you will have the option to make baked sweet potato fries or fried sweet potato fries. These are both delicious, but the baked option will be the healthiest. All you need to know now is how to make sweet potato fries and how to make a great sweet potato fries dipping sauce.
A Simple Sweet Potato Fries Recipe
This recipe can be altered to either bake your fries or fry them in oil. If you decide to use oil to fry them, it is best to choose canola oil instead of vegetable oil or some type of shortening. It will help to preserve the flavor and it’s a healthier oil than most others are. However, the best way to make them is to bake them in the oven.
Ingredients for Sweet Potato Fries
2 large and dark sweet potatoes
2 tablespoons of olive oil (not necessary if you are going to fry them)
1/4 teaspoon of pepper
1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (only if you want your fries to be a bit spicy)
Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees or get your oil started in your deep fryer. If you plan to bake your sweet potato fries, you will need to spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Peel the raw sweet potatoes and cut them into strips about 1/4 inch in thickness. Place them in a large plastic bag and drizzle with the olive oil. Seal the bag and shake gently until all the sweet potatoes are covered evenly.
Spread them out on your baking sheet in one single layer, bake for 15 minutes, and then turn the strips over. Bake for another 15 minute or until crisp and spread the salt, pepper, and cayenne over the hot fries. You can also choose to spice the fries before you bake them.
If you are frying them, you will want to skip the olive oil step. Add them to the deep fryer and cook until crispy and brown. Then, pull the fries out of the oil, let drain for 2 minutes, spread out on a plate, and add your seasonings. Don’t add the seasonings before they go into the fryer, as they will just lose all of the seasoning in the fryer.
Making your Sweet Potato Fries Dipping Sauce
There are many choices for a good dipping sauce, but not that many of them are healthy. If you want a healthy dipping sauce for your fries, you may just want to stick with catsup or a fat free ranch dressing. However, one of the best dipping sauces for sweet potato fries is a mixture of catsup and mayonnaise or your favorite barbeque sauce.
You can make a homemade barbeque sauce if you want, but if you just want a simple dipping sauce, you can use your favorite store-bought brand. This is a great choice for dipping your freshly baked sweet potato fries.
Now you can make sweet potato fries whenever you want and you will have a healthy treat to add to any dinner or any meal.