Crispy Sweet Potato Fries

My local Whole Foods had organic purple sweet potatoes on sale. They were a beautiful dark purple, long and fairly uniform in diameter. I just had to buy a few.

When I arrived home, I realized I did not really have a plan for using these lovely root tubers. It only took one glance at the Dutch oven sitting on my stove for me to figure it out; I’d make sweet potato fries.

Now you have to realize that I rarely deep fry anything…heck I don’t even pan fry that often. However, I thought frying would be the best way to cook these purple wonders. I was right.

sweet potato fry

No, your screen probably does not need adjusting. This is how the final product looked. The inside was a vibrant purple while the outside ranged from dark purple to lightly browned. Although there is some salt on the fries, much of the white stuff is the remnants of a too heavy of a coating of corn starch I gave the sweet potato pieces prior to frying.

The corn starch idea came from a few recipes I found. I combined multiple cooking techniques from various recipes and was VERY pleased with the results…except my overuse of corn starch at the beginning.

The sweet potato fries were crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. They were not greasy. Plus, they had a delicious flavor.

I served part of them with just a little salt and a dip of combination of mayonnaise and chili sauce. The rest I coated with cinnamon and sugar…my husband’s and daughter’s favorite.

sweet potato fry cin

I simply placed the sweet potato fries on a paper towel lined baking sheet when I took them from the oil, shook on a little Kosher salt, and liberally coated with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar before shaking off the excess to serve.

They were not a super quick side to make, but they were well worth the effort. My daughter has already asked me to make them again 🙂

So, does the cornstarch really make any difference to the crispiness of these fries. Well, I am not sure. I do know that I did not have any popping and splattering when I added the sweet potatoes to the oil. I also know that the sweet potato fries did not stick together while they were frying (albeit, I did stir them with my slotted spoon a little as they fried). So, I never tried a batch without it….one day I will and I will let you know. If you try it first, please let me know if it made a difference.


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