Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet potato fries are a staple in our house. I have made them a lot of different ways, but this is by far is my favorite recipe it comes from 12 Steps to Whole Foods. I love the kick to them, and if you haven’t tried sweet potato fries with coconut oil, you need to stop what you are doing right now and get to making these bad boys. These fries have a tiny kick to them from cayenne pepper, so if you who can’t handle the heat, or have toddlers you might want to take it out. My little boy is fine with the heat in these fries, but he also sucks on lemons and limes, just saying.

If you take out the cayenne know that you are missing out on your metabolism and circulation getting a mega boost. Cayenne has been proven to speed up your metabolic rate up to 50% after eating it. So if you want to be a fat burning machine add the cayenne, but if you want to lead a rather boring life skip it.

We like to eat these with veggie burgers, or Hawaiian turkey burgers, or over quinoa, the possibilities are endless.

There are a few tricks to making really great sweet potato fries. One try to get your fries about the same size.
This is how I cut my sweet potatoes. First cut off the ends.

.how to cut a sweet potato

Next cut the potato in half length wise, and if the potato is really long in half width wise as well.

how to cut a sweet potato

Put the potato halves cut side down on the cutting board and cut them into sticks.

how to cut a sweet potato

Then cut the fries in half again.

how to cut a sweet potato

The next trick is to space them out on a cookie tray so they don’t touch. Also if you have more than one tray of fries, make sure there is space between the racks so you don’t end up steaming them.

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

The final trick is to put them in a cold oven and then turn up the heat to 425. Starting the fries out in a cold oven gives the fries time to develop the starches and makes them sweeter. But, if you have a toddler hanging on one leg because he is hungry and a new born that is needing to be fed every half hour, you might want to just pop them into an already preheated oven. If you don’t have that scenario at home go for the cold oven, they taste better. I also like to cut mine in rounds to save time and they crisp up a little better.

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4 Responses to Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

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  2. Koni says:

    Just a quick question about the sweet potato fries…
    I noticed you left the skin on the potatoes, I’ve never done that with yams. Can you eat the skin? Does it taste ok?
    I love making yam fries, but your tips sound like they might help them to be more crispy.
    ps- what did you mean when you said you cut them in rounds?

    • desiree says:

      I do leave the skin on, they have alot of nutrients, the texture doesn’t bother me, the skins don’t really have a taste. That being said, peach skin, apple skin, potato skin doesn’t bother me, so if you don’t like the skins on most things you might not like it, try it and see. To make rounds just cut the sweet potato in thin slices, like a potato chip, does that make sense? Happy cooking!

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