Sweet Potato Fries- Secret Recipe Club

by Heather on November 21, 2011

This is my first time participating in the Secret Recipe Club and I’m super excited to be involved! I was assigned the blog Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Punch and actually browsed through all the posts to find THE one I wanted to try. If you have a gluten-free eater in the house, this blog is worth checking out. The photos are quite pretty, too :)

Alex (and myself, I suppose) is trying to eat healthier these days, so we bought a big box of sweet potatoes & yams at Costco. I will never cease to be amazed at the healthiness of sweet potatoes, mainly due to the fact that they kinda taste like candy. Amazing how that is. Anyway, I chose this recipe to recreate and ended up adapting it quite a bit. After trying to bake at 390 degrees, my fries weren’t getting crispy fast enough, so I upped the temperature to 450. They also needed a good 25 minutes to bake. We didn’t have any sesame seeds, neither of us really care that much for them, so instead, I sprinkled in cornmeal to give the fries a tender crunch. Try it, you won’t regret it. We couldn’t stop eating them- these guys are addicting!

Also, I just can’t get over the orange and yellow combo of the yams/sweet potatoes. If you’re able, pick up a combo of both- they should be quite easy to find this time of year! It makes for quite a lovely presentation.

Sweet Potato Fries

2 to 3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chips or slices
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 to 3 tablespoons cornmeal
coarse salt, to taste (optional)- I didn’t use

Heat the oven to 450°F. Toss the sweet potatoes in the oil, cornmeal and salt and roast in the oven for about 25 minutes, until tender within and crisp outside.

*An easy way to “toss”, I found, is to put the oil, cornmeal & salt in a large Ziploc freezer bag, then put in the cut-up potatoes. Shake, shake, shake it up- just like your mom did a Shake ‘n Bake :)


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Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen November 20, 2011 at 10:09 pm

What a great idea to coat them in cornmeal for crunch! It’s so hard to get crispy sweet potato fries because they have SO much moisture in them. These look great!

Jayasri November 21, 2011 at 4:12 am

Hi Heather, it’s great to be with you in SRC, the fries look lip smacking…, Lovely and gorgeous clicks tooo….

The Café Sucré Farine November 21, 2011 at 5:09 am

These look wonderful – I love the multi colors! Can’t wait to try them!

Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking November 21, 2011 at 5:32 am

Heather, welcome to the SRC! Great first post! We are SO addicted to sweet potatoes – fries, chips, mashed, and any other way I can make them. I will definitely have to try these and I love the cornmeal coating for that extra crunch.

Monica @ The Yummy Life November 21, 2011 at 6:08 am

Welcome to the SRC! Fun, isn’t it? You picked a great recipe. I LOVE sweet potato fries. The cornmeal in this recipe is a great idea for adding some crunch and texture. I’ll be trying this. :-)

veronica gantley November 21, 2011 at 7:34 am

I love sweet potato fries. looks like you got a great blog for SRC. You also picked a wonderful recipe. Thanks for sharing

Julia November 21, 2011 at 8:49 am

Oh, I love the colors of the yams and sweet potatoes too, good idea! And the cornmeal ‘crust’ hmmmm, now that sounds mighty tasty!

Feast on the Cheap November 21, 2011 at 1:43 pm

I adore Sweet Potato Fries and these look fabulous. I also like to season them with a little Old Bay. YUM

Anne@frommysweetheart November 21, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Oh these are just beautiful! I adore sweet potatoes and even more so as fries! Love your substitution of the cornmeal! And I don’t think I’ve ever seen the yellow variety….but will definitely look for them. The contrast in color, and your photos are just beautiful! : )

cindy November 21, 2011 at 4:45 pm

I too love sweet potato fries. I think the addition of cornmeal sounds great. Now, if I could just bring sweet potato fries to Thanksgiving instead of candied yams. Maybe I’ll try!
Great SRC post.

Eliot November 21, 2011 at 7:34 pm

I recently saw someone posting sweet tater fries sprinkled with a bit of salt AND powdered sugar.

adventuresindinner November 22, 2011 at 11:27 am

These look so good! I had never thought of the cornmeal and salt mix.

I have a fun Pin’Inspiration party on Thursdays-hope you can come by and share :-)

Kate November 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Your fries look fabulous! I love sweet potato fries. Good SRC choice.

Jamie November 23, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Great choice for an SRC post! I <3 sweet potato anything!

marla November 23, 2011 at 11:13 pm

I am so in love with sweet potato fries. You chose a great recipe for the Secret Recipe club. Here is what I cooked up from group C: http://su.pr/1HICCz :)

Tracy November 24, 2011 at 6:04 am

I’d never say no to sweet potato fries! Yours look lovely!!

Teri@The Freshman Cook November 24, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Yum! These look delicious!

Michele @ Fat Loss Tips November 28, 2011 at 3:00 pm

I love sweet potatoes and knowing these were baked was enough to make me go ahead and make them! I love how great they tasted and crunchy – just as much so as if they were fried. Anyway, my kids loved them so of course this is a recipe that will be made often!! I would rather them eat these than fries that are actually fried!

Amy's Cooking Adventures December 1, 2011 at 8:58 am

I LOVE sweet potato fries! They are so healthy & delicious!

Also, You’ve been award the Liebster Blog Award from Amy’s Cooking Adventures! Congrats!

Yui April 24, 2012 at 1:41 am

I do love the shake part. It was the most fun part in making sweet potato fries. However, the best thing of all is the fact that I can taste the crisp, crunch, yum sweet potato fries. I really love this. I even make this dish for almost once or twice a week.

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