T'is the season for sweet potatoes and I have just the perfect recipe for you! Everyone loves fries and these sweet potato fries are oven baked yet crispy and have just the right sweet notes paired with the hint of heat from black pepper and crushed red peppers.
In the winter months, our oven is always working very hard as we cook most of our winter meals in oven. Since the oven is alwats toasty, I often like to throw these in last minute and they serve great either as appetizers or sides to Indian or non-Indian meals.
Recipe is quite straight-forward. Pre-heat oven to 420F. Trim the ends off and peel the sweet potatoes. Then cut them into wedges using a sharp Chef's knife. Season the wedges with olive oil, salt, pepper and a pinch of crushed red pepper (optional). Mix well so each wedge is covered in seasoning.
Spread the wedges in an even single layer on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Be very sure to not overcrowd (been there, done that, not good) - otherwise the fries will be soggy.
Bake for 20mins or so, checking in between and rotate the baking tray once in between for even cooking. When the edges start to become crispy and brown, they are ready. Take off from oven and serve hot!
We like to finish off a tray of these fries just on their own but you can serve with either ketchup or your favorite mayonaise based dipping sauce.