Good Morning, UK.

 

*sips tea quietly*
Good morning good morning…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet Potato Fries

What I Used

7 or 8 Medium Sweet Potatoes.  1 tsp Garlic Powder. Salt. Pepper. Olive Oil. 1 stick Fresh Rosemary (optional).

What I Did

Unbelievable as it sounds, oven roasting a large batch of sweet potato fries takes a long ass time.

The sweet potatoes pieces have to be placed as a single layer on a baking tray with enough distance between each of them to keep them from touching each other because the sweet potato releases water as it cooks and in order to prevent them from sogging, you gotta keep them separated.

Basically, if you cram them all on tray and shove them in the oven, you’ll get some limp, mushy ass fries.
You make as well make a baked potato.

 

Peel and slice each potato.
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Slice them however thick or thin you want, just remember, the thicker the cut, the longer it’ll take to crisp up.

Then, instead of lining them up on a baking tray and placing them in the oven, put the fries in a bowl of water and let them soak anywhere between 30mins  – 1 hr.
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This helps remove some of the excess starch which will make them drier and ultimately, crispier.

 

After they’ve soaked a while, drain them and pat them dry with a paper towel.
Do your best to dry them off a much as possible. 
The less water they retain, they more they’ll crisp.

Add the fries to a large bowl and toss with 2 tbsp olive oil, garlic powder and a decent sprinkling of salt and pepper.
Feel free to spice them with whatever other herbs and seasonings if you’d like.

 

Preheat oven to 450F.

 

Place the seasoned sweet potato pieces in a single layer on a foil-lined baking tray, being sure to keep them separate and uncrowded.

Roast your fries at the bottom of your oven – you want your tray as hot as possible – for 30 mins or until they turn a little translucent and golden.
This likely means you’ll have to do them one batch at a time. This is why making these takes foreverrrrr.

Flip them midway through.

 

Remove from oven and let rest for a couple mins,.
Then using the flat back of a spatula, gently push them off the baking tray.

Toss with fresh rosemary and serve.
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Tips for  crispy fries:

The higher the oven temperature, the crispier they’ll be.
Keep an eye on them though because they can go from crispy to burnt real fucking quick.
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The thinner you slice your fries, the quicker they cook.

Thinner fries = crispier fries. Less water to retain.
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However you cut your fries, keep it consistent so they cook as evenly as possible.
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67 Comments

      1. Scotland voted to remain, including me so there is a lot of shock in Scotland. See my other reply to you as I had a bit of a rant that you probably don’t want to read twice! Lol

  1. We were just talking about how even so few restaurants get sweet potato fries right, they are usually mushy which means the oil wasn’t hot enough. Your method sounds great for making the delicious, perfectly golden, crispy fries. I’ll have some chipotle mayo with that, thank you very much.

    1. HAHA!!
      I really hate it when they get it wrong…especially if they’re frying them which is like – how can you screw that up!!?!

      And Chipotle Mayo would be delicious with these!
      xx

  2. I love sweet potato fries, these ones look really good! Believe me it has not been a good morning since the UK voted in favour of leaving the EU. I voted to stay and so did the majority within Scotland, so this result came as a shock. Best place for the EU result is being used as paper to wrap fries in!

    1. Hahahah!!
      My sense was that it wasn’t a good idea to leave but I don’t live in Britain but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t brimming with curiousity for those that voted to leave.

      Is Scotland going to have another referendum to vote on leaving Britain?

      1. I think Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister for Scotland is trying to make sure of Scotland’s place in the EU. There does seem to be talk about having another independence referendum .Some people voted No to Independence due to concerns over whether an independent Scotland would get into the EU. But now that Britain has voted to leave, then that concern about independence is not valid as we are leaving EU anyway now.I still believe Britain is better together, but I want to be part of the EU, so not sure how i’d would vote in a second independence referendum. The prime minister David Cameron has resigned and the possible candidates include Boris Johnston ( Uk’s answer to Trump!). I didn’t vote Conservative, but I would prefer David Cameron to Boris! There seems to be no plan on where the UK goes now. Only Nicola Strugeon has a plan. The leave campaign was horrible, bigoted and racist and centred around immigration . I fear that this has generated hate and intolerance. There have been reports of an increase in anti social behaviour/ violence towards migrants. Nigel Farage and UKIP have made migrants out to be the causes of unemployment and poverty and housing shortage, the scape goats, when in actual fact its successive governments that have caused this.I love that at the moment as part of the EU I can travel anywhere in the EU and work, live and study there and I love that others come to Britain to do the same, often doing jobs Brits don’t want to do or helping to staff much needed services like the NHS. I have heard some people who voted leave have now turned around and regreted the decision. There has been alot of lies from the leave campaign.Sorry, I have had a rant, but i’m so disappointed to be British at this moment, but so incredibly proud to be Scottish ( Scotland voted to remain).

      2. No, don’t be sorry! A good rant like this is necessary sometimes, especially when there seems to be no sense behind an action.

        So thank you for that rant!
        I’ve heard things similar to what you’re saying in the media over here so it’s a little reassuring to see there’s accuracy is the news on this end.
        I’m guessing Scotland is going to have to vote again now and that, as they say, is a story for another day.

        Happy Friday lady love ❤

  3. Ha ha. I am still listening to my UK born other half, rant how ‘he can’t believe it.’ These fries look tops and that’s coming from ‘not a fan of the sweet potato’ kinda gal.

    1. Ahh ha!
      But now you guys don’t live in Britain do you? Or do you?
      And if you do, what’s the mood like?

      I’m so goddamn nosey I know but someone tell me whyyyy they voted to leave!!?!

      1. No, we are in Sydney, Australia. But going go visit his family in the UK end of September. I am nosey too and will be keen to see what the zeitgeist is over there. There seems to be loads of contributing factors as to why they did it but I think mayhaps, it was a ‘reaction’ rather than a well thought out and justifiable vote, at least on, many peoples part. (Wow, I should be in politics…NOT!!) The Yak has his theories…

  4. I live and breathe for sweet potatoes fries! I make them at least twice a week, and my only pet peeve with them is they take so long to cut up. lol I’ve never tried soaking them in water first, which would make total sense. I mean I do it for potatoes so why yams, duh. Never said I was the brightest. Thanks for that tip! I have the best recipe for a warm sweet potato salad, if you like jalapeño peppers, yellow bell peppers, & cilantro you’ll love. Than it will change your life! lol Let me know if you want the recipe.

    xo, jackie
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    1. Hahaha!! It’s all good girl, I’m pretty dumb on a lot of obvious things myself lol.
      I have the WORST blond moments, haha!

      And you should post the recipe on your blog girl, I’d LOVE to see it but I’m guessing a lot of other people would too!!

  5. I looove sweet potatoe fries!! And these look just perfect!
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    Thanks! x

  6. That opening though…
    You’re sitting back and sipping tea on the fresh hell that’s been unleashed on us all the same way I’ll be sipping my tea during your elections (Trump anyone?) lol
    Sometimes I wonder why my parents chose to settle here and not elsewhere! *sigh* Did you read that the day after the vote people were googling “what is the EU?” and “are we still in the EU?”….. Oh and currently the people of the UK are more interested in Brexit than porn!

    Anyway… back to some sense… those fries!!! This is a recipe I needed. My sweet potato fries are so hit and miss and now I see where I go wrong. Thank you!

    1. Haaaaaaaaa!!!!
      Girl don’t even play talking that Trump talk. That’s hate speech lolol

      And yesssss!! I saw that on the news somewhere. Among the top 5 searches the next day were, “What is the EU” and “What is BREXIT”.
      Too funny!!

      Happy weekend lady love ❤ ❤

  7. I voted remain. Can I take my sweet potato chips and comfort myself away from all the terrible people now? This whole week has been surreal. Just when you start to get a handle on it all someone new does something ballistic and you’re just left gaping at the prats like HOW IS THIS EVEN HAPPENING?!

    1. Aww, sorry it didn’t pan out.
      I take comfort knowing you’re not one of the people the next day googling, “What is the EU?”

      Guess you better get all your EU traveling out the way now, you’ll need Visas and passports like the rest of us before long lol

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