Who knew that when we woke up this morning it would be National French Fry Day? Did you know? Whatever.
I’m so not in the mood to cook today. It’s gloomy out and I’m stunting myself and my career by lying in bed thinking about emotions and life instead of actually doing something constructive. What’s better added to a day of self-pity than a salty sweet treat like fries? Um. Nothing.
I’m sure you already know, but let me remind you how stupid simple making your own healthier baked fries at home is. Grab a sweet potato and your cutting board! Also, now’s a good time to preheat your oven. I use a toaster oven when baking small batches like this, but I put the temp at around 450º either way.
• Sweet Potato
• Salt, Pepper & Garlic Power (Whatever Spices You Like)
Cut your sweet potato as thick or thin as you’d like, but PLEASE be careful. Sweet potatoes, though softer when cooked, are pretty tough in their raw state and can be tricky to cut. Sometimes I like to make mine longer and thicker (lol), but today I was feeling lazy and like effort needed to take a backseat. Perhaps don’t be like me.
Lay your uncooked fries on a baking sheet and sprinkle with your favorite spices. I like to use a decently hefty amount of sea salt, pepper, and garlic powder on mine. Cayenne or crushed red pepper would also probably be delicious if you wanted to spice things up.
Once you’ve spiced, pour on around 2 1/2 TBSPs of EVOO. You don’t want to add a lot or they’ll remain soft while cooking.
You want them to be just glistening without much excess oil on your baking sheet. Once you’ve got the orange babies coated, slide them into the oven.
This is where it’s going to be a pain. For some reason, sweet potato fries take extra long to cook, so go do something to keep yourself busy. Like throw on another episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer – it’s going to take around 40 – 45 minutes for them to crisp up.
When it’s halfway through and they’re browning like this, turn them over and let them continue to cook.
They’ll still be soft at this point, and you will definitely get frustrated because you just want to eat some damn fries. But it’s okay, you only made these because it’s #NationalFrenchFryDay
When they’re done, they should look something like this. You may want to try them and see if extra seasoning is needed. If so, piping hot is the time to throw on some more!
Serve with your favorite dipping sauce. Pictured here is my own homemade ketchup recipe that I’ll share on here soon!
Happy National French Fry Day!