Monday, August 15, 2011

Baked Sweet Potato Fries (Yam Fries?)

So today while perusing my local Whole Foods, I saw they had yams on sale. I do love me some sweet potato fries, and although I've never made them I didn't figure they'd be very hard, so I bought a couple and went on my merry way.

After I got home I got to thinking that the label specifically said "yams" and not "sweet potatoes." I didn't think there was a difference, but I Googled it and apparently there is. Thought there isn't much of a difference, they are still two completely different foods. (I won't go into explaining them, if you'd like to read more see the Yam and Sweet Potato entries on Wikipedia.)

My sweet potato/yam fries (I'll just call them sweet potatoes from here on out, though I'm still not sure which if that's what they were) were very delicious, so I thought I'd share my recipe with y'all. It was very simple!

Things you will need:

- Sweet Potatoes (I only used 1 1/2 for me and Husband and we had leftovers)
- Olive Oil
- Salt
- Pepper
- Paprika
- Cutting Board
- Sharp Knife
- Bowl

I didn't peel my potatoes because there's lots of nutrients packed in the skin. If you wash them before hand make sure you dry them really well, otherwise the oil won't stick to them as well.

Cut your potatoes into wedges (I like mine thick, so they were about half and inch to three quarters thick) and put into your bowl. Coat with olive oil (a couple of table spoons) and shake in the bowl. Then add the salt, pepper, and paprika (I usually cook by eye so I can't tell you exact measurements. I'd have to guess a couple of tablespoons each of salt and pepper, and a light dusting of paprika.) and shake until fries are fully covered.

This is what they should look like

Arrange on a baking sheet (allowing some room in between the fries) and pop in a 450 degree oven for 20 minutes. After that's up, turn all the fries over and bake for another 10 minutes.

Before going in the oven

All done!

So whatever they were, sweet potatoes or yams, they were quite delicious and turned out a lot better than I thought. Next time I may try dusting them lightly with brown sugar at the 20 minute mark, but that might defeat the "let's eat sweet potatoes because they're healthier" meaning behind all this.

Have you ever made your own sweet potato fries? What do you do differently? I'd love to hear about it so please comment! I'm all ears.


  1. Awww they look so god! I'm definitely going to try making them. :D

  2. We eat them all the time... the hubby grills them on the BBQ pit with olive oil : )

  3. Yummy!!! I'll have to try it, my son loves sweet potato fries.