You like fries, but you try not to eat them often, because you don't want to gain weight...

or be so unhealthy.

Fortunately you can eat as many fries as you want, all the while easily managing your weight.

Ever heard someone say:"If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is"?

Those poor ignorant souls obviously never heard of sweet potatoes and baking...

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Ingredients:

  • Sweet potato +/- 300 g or 10 oz.*

Optional:

  • Herbs or Spices**

Notes:

* The serving depends on what else you eat alongside your fries. If you only eat fries, you could increase the amount somewhat.

** If you like green herbs, you could mix some italian herbs after you have sliced up the sweet potato. This way you can coat the slices with your seasoning.

If you feel adventurous, you can use different kinds of masala blends.

If you like spicy add some dried chilli flakes.

*** Not any random sweet potato is suitable for making fries. Some sweet potatoes produce soggy french fries. if you'd pick one up between your fingers it would go flaccid the moment you touch it. That's not encouraging at all.

Now, these potatoes would be superb for baking whole in the skin though.

Yellow sweet potatoes are the best for fries, cause they're moist content is generally lower.

If you want to use an orange kind, you'd have to experiment unfortunately. 

Whatever you do:

Don't experiment on date night...

If it turns out to be the flaccid kind, it might give the wrong impression. Besides, the soggy kind usually has thick chewy skin. 

That's not the most popular combo.

A suitable sweet potato doesn't have to be peeled:

The skin gets crispy and blends in.

**** Ovens can be tricky, especially if you have small bad quality ones.:

 

They may not heat very evenly.

 

The time mentioned in the instructions is just an indication. So...

 

Don't set the timer and go watch a movie until your timer goes off.

If you have some smaller fries, DON'T place them in the center of the baking tray, because they might bake faster.

In other words: 

They will burn and smell up your kitchen...

and your reputation as a chef will be ruined.

Instructions:

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  1. Check the "Notes" section for what kind of sweet potato you should be using and whether you should peel it or not.***

  2. Preheat your oven at about 230˚ C or 440˚ F

  3. Take out your sweet potato.

  4. If you plan on scalping the poor potato: a.) Check to see if the potato discolors during peeling. b.) If it does, smell it. c.) If it smells funky, it probably tastes funky too. d.) Proceed at your own risk. Unless you are into funky kind of things. e.) If it discolors during peeling or soon afterwards BUT it still smells fine, submerge it in water.

  5. If you enjoy a piece of skin: a.) Please continue to wash it well since dirt can stick to the surface and accumulate in between the cracks, causing the development of funk flavors. You were probably aware of this phenomenon. b.) We're still talking about potatoes here. If you thought otherwise, you need some help. c.) If potato discolors during slicing, follow the same steps as before.

  6. The coolest part would be to slice up the potato like a ninja with an actual sword, but you can use a knife if that's all you have. Please don't cut off any fingers or limbs. 

  7. Slice in equal slices as much as you can.

  8. Lay them out on a baking tray lined up with parchment paper. Leave a little space between the fries.

  9. If you can fit all on 1 baking tray, place the tray in the middle of the oven.

  10. Set the timer on for 30 minutes for average french fries slices and for 35-40 minutes for big ones. Make sure to check the "Notes" section for extra oven info.****

  11. McDonalds french fries aren't actually french fries. For the sake of comparison though: McDonald's has a teeny tiny one. 

  12. Fries... we're still talking about potatoes here pervert.

  13. After 25 minutes, go check up on your fries if they aren't very big.

  14. See if they colored somewhat golden brown.

  15. If they are, check the bottom of a few fries.

  16. If one side hasn't colored as much, you either flip all fries individually or...

  17. being super smart and all, you put the tray high in the oven if the top hasn't colored enough, but the bottom has...

  18. or put the tray in the bottom of the oven if the bottom of the fries haven't colored enough.

  19. Unfortunately every oven is different so you'd have to try once and see how tray placement affects your fries.

  20. If you're happy with the color, take them out and serve with a nice dip like creamy almond tomato sauce or special peanut sauce.

  21. Most important part:  Make a picture and tell your friends on social media how awesome you are for being able to eat a lot of fries without having to worry about gaining weight. 

  22. Spam your message across the internet wherever you see unhealthy and greasy fries. 

  23. Watch your popularity increase dramatically over time.

  24. You're welcome.

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