Sweet Potato Fries


Now Eat This!

Published by Ballantine Books

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

French fries are maddeningly delicious, but consider that a large order of McDonald’s French fries contains about 500 calories and 25 grams of fat before you dip them into ketchup or mayo. I think its time for French fry rehab, don’t you?

NotesHealthy Tips:

Eat more sweet potatoes! At only 130 to 160 calories each, they are loaded with complex carbohydrates, protein, vitamins A and C, iron, and calcium--and when eaten with the skin, they have more fiber than a bowl of oatmeal.


Cooking Methodbaking



Total Timeunder 2 hours

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionBuffet, game day

Recipe Courseside dish

Dietary Considerationegg-free, halal, healthy, kosher, low-fat, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegan, vegetarian

Five Ingredients or LessYes


Taste and Texturecrisp, herby, spiced, sweet

Type of Dishvegetable


  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, scrubbed
  • Salt
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Sweet paprika
  • Cayenne pepper


  1. Slice the sweet potatoes lengthwise into ¼-inch-thick slices. Cut the slices into ¼-inch-wide sticks. Place the sweet potatoes in a large bowl, and sprinkle generously with salt. Let stand for about 20 minutes to release some of their moisture.

  2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 450°F. Place a wire rack on a baking sheet, and set it aside.

  3. Spread the potatoes out on paper towels to absorb any excess moisture. Then place them in a large bowl, and spray them with cooking spray. Sprinkle with the thyme and salt, pepper, paprika, and cayenne to taste. Spread the potatoes out on the prepared baking sheet.

  4. Bake the fries until they are golden and tender, 35 to 45 minutes. Serve immediately.


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