Smokey Sweet Potato Fries with Cilantro Lemon Dip

I confess. I’m a potato addict. I’ll blame it on my Irish heritage.

If I could eat potatoes at every meal I would be totally content. It’s one food I just don’t get sick of. French fries. Potato chips (not really a “food” I know . . .). Hash browns. Mashed potatoes.  Shepherd’s Pie. Potato soup. Roasted Potatoes. Seriously, does it get any better? Unfortunately, they aren’t the most nutrient-dense food in my pantry, and the glycemic index is very high.

Enter the sweet potato.

The good news is that sweet potatoes are significantly more nutritious than white potatoes, while still satisfying my potato cravings. In fact, a majority of the calories in the traditional Okinawan diet (resulting in a very high number of centenarians) came from sweet potatoes! Sweet potatoes have a lower glycemic index than “Irish” potatoes, but are similar enough to be substituted for some purposes.

Until I started cooking on my own, I had only had sweet potatoes at holidays – usually mashed and with sugar or syrup on them. Since learning some tricks for making them crispy like french fries and making some yummy, savory dips, I am happy to make these nutrient-dense vegetables a regular part of my diet.  This recipe for Smokey Sweet Potato Fries is one of my favorites, and I look for excuses to make it. When paired with the vegan Cilantro Lime/Lemon Dip it is a winning combination.

 

Try these Crispy Sweet Potato Fries with a delicious Cilantro Lemon Dipping Sauce - Vegan - Healthy

Here’s the recipe:

 

Smokey Sweet Potato Fries

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 large sweet potatoes
  • 2 T melted coconut oil (use refined if you don’t want the coconut taste)
  • 1 T brown rice flour, tapioca flour, corn meal, corn starch or a mix.
  • smoked paprika
  • garlic powder
  • black pepper
  • sea salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Peel sweet potatoes and cut into strips about 1/2 ” in width. (You can leave the skin on if you want to)
  3. Soak strips in cold water at least one hour. Overnight is okay too.
  4. Rinse and dry the sweet potatoes with a clean kitchen towel.
  5. Toss w/corn starch/cornmeal/flour mixture in a Ziplock baggie or a paper bag.
  6. Dump in a large bowl and drizzle with melted coconut oil, smoked paprika, garlic powder and pepper (no salt yet). Toss until well coated
  7. Place on a greased cookie sheet with plenty of room in between the fries. They will not get crispy if they are too close together. We do not want mushy fries!
  8. Use two cookie sheets if you have to, but only put one in the oven at a time for best results.
  9. Bake 20-25 minutes, flipping fries after 15 minutes. They are done when you decide they are tender enough and brown enough. The good news is you get to taste them to determine that!
  10. Remove from oven and let cool a few minutes.
  11. Sprinkle with sea salt to taste.
  12. Serve w/Cilantro Lemon/Lime Dip or sauce of choice.

 

Smokey Sweet Potato Fries with Cilantro Lemon Dip

Smokey Sweet Potato Fries with Cilantro Lemon Dip

Ingredients

  • 3 large sweet potatoes
  • 2 T melted coconut oil (use refined if you don't want the coconut taste)
  • 1 T brown rice flour, tapioca flour, corn meal, corn starch or a mix.
  • smoked paprika
  • garlic powder
  • black pepper
  • sea salt

Instructions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Peel sweet potatoes and cut into strips about 1/2 " in width. (You can leave the skin on if you want to)

Soak in cold water at least one hour. Overnight is okay too.

Rinse and dry the sweet potatoes with a clean kitchen towel.

Toss w/corn starch/cornmeal/flour mixture in a Ziplock baggie or a paper bag.

Dump in a large bowl and drizzle with melted coconut oil, smoked paprika, garlic powder and pepper (no salt yet). Toss until well coated

Place on a greased cookie sheet with plenty of room in between the fries. They will not get crispy if they are too close together. We do not want mushy fries!

Use two cookie sheets if you have to, but only put one in the oven at a time for best results.

Bake 20-25 minutes, flipping fries after 15 minutes. They are done when you decide they are tender enough and brown enough. The good news is you get to taste them to determine that!

Remove from oven and let cool a few minutes.

Sprinkle with sea salt to taste.

Serve w/Cilantro Lemon/Lime Dip or sauce of choice.

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Enjoy!

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