If you’re a fan of sweet potato fries, you’ll want to learn how to cut them perfectly so they come out crispy and delicious every time. This simple guide will show you how to cut sweet potatoes for the perfect fries, every time.
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Why Sweet Potatoes?
Cutting sweet potatoes for fries is not as difficult as one might think. In fact, with a little bit of practice, it can be fairly easy to do. So, why sweet potatoes? Well, there are a few reasons. For one, they are a bit healthier than regular potatoes. They are also sweeter, which can make for a more enjoyable fry-eating experience.
Sweet potatoes are a nutritious root vegetable that can be eaten in many different ways. They are a good source of vitamins A and C, as well as dietary fiber. Sweet potatoes are also low in calories and fat, making them a healthy food choice.
When buying sweet potatoes, look for ones that are firm and free of blemishes. Avoid sweet potatoes that are soft or have bruises or cuts. Sweet potatoes can be stored in a cool, dark place for up to two weeks.
To prepare sweet potatoes for frying, first wash them thoroughly with warm water and a brush to remove any dirt or debris. Next, cut the sweet potatoes into fry-sized pieces. The thickness of the slices will dictate how long they will take to cook, so make sure all the pieces are even in size.
Once the sweet potatoes are cut, it is time to start frying them! Fill a large pot or deep fryer with oil and heat it to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Carefully add the sweet potato slices to the hot oil and fry for 3-5 minutes, or until they are golden brown and crispy. Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels before serving hot with your favorite dipping sauce.
Sweet potato fries are delicious
No matter how you like your sweet potatoes, there’s no denying that sweet potato fries are delicious. They’re also relatively healthy, and a great way to get your kids to eat their vegetables. But if you’ve ever tried to make sweet potato fries at home, you know that they can be tricky to get right. Here’s a step-by-step guide to Cutting Sweet Potatoes for Perfect Fries Every Time.
First, wash your sweet potatoes and cut them into even wedges. If they’re too thick, they won’t cook evenly; if they’re too thin, they’ll burn.
Next, toss the sweet potato wedges in a light coat of oil. You can use any type of oil you like, but we prefer olive oil or avocado oil. Then sprinkle on some seasoning – we like salt, pepper, and paprika – and toss again to make sure the seasoning is evenly distributed.
Now it’s time to cook! Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Spread the sweet potato wedges in a single layer on the baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes, flipping once halfway through.
And that’s it! You now have perfectly crispy sweet potato fries that are perfect for dipping in ketchup, BBQ sauce, or Ranch dressing. Enjoy!
The Best Way to Cut Sweet Potatoes for Fries
Step 1: Cut off the ends of the sweet potatoes
Start by cutting off the ends of the sweet potatoes. You want to create a flat surface on each end so the potato will sit still while you’re cutting it.
Once you have a flat surface, cut the sweet potato in half. If the potato is very long, you may need to cut it into thirds.
Now that the sweet potatoes are halved (or in thirds), it’s time to start cutting them into fry-shaped pieces.
Step 2: Cut the sweet potatoes in half length-wise
After you’ve prepped the sweet potatoes, it’s time to start cutting them into fry-shaped pieces. The first step is to cut the sweet potatoes in half length-wise. You want to make sure that the pieces are all roughly the same size so that they will cook evenly.
If your sweet potatoes are on the small side, you can stop at this step and simply cut them into halves or thirds. If they are on the larger side, you may want to cut them into quarters or even eighths. Just make sure that all of the pieces are roughly the same size.
Once you have cut the sweet potatoes in half, place them flat-side down on the cutting board and use a sharp knife to cut them into fry-shaped pieces. Again, make sure that all of the pieces are roughly the same size so that they will cook evenly.
If you find that your sweet potatoes are rolling around while you’re trying to slice them, you can always cut a thin slice off of the rounded side so that they will sit flat on the cutting board.
Step 3: Cut the sweet potatoes into thin strips
Now it’s time to cut the sweet potatoes into thin strips. For perfectly even fries, use a mandoline slicer set to 1/4-inch thickness. If you don’t have a mandoline, you can use a sharp knife to achieve the same results.
Place the sweet potato on a cutting board, and carefully insert the blade of your knife into one end of the tuber. Slice the sweet potato lengthwise into four equal wedges. Cut each wedge into thin strips, again aiming for 1/4-inch thickness. As you finish cutting each strip, transfer it to a large bowl of cold water. This will help keep the fries from browning as you continue working.
How to Cook Sweet Potato Fries
I absolutely love sweet potato fries, but I’ll be honest – they can be a bit of a pain to make. If you don’t cut them just right, they’ll either be burnt to a crisp or still raw in the middle. But with this guide, you’ll learn how to cut sweet potatoes for perfect fries every time.
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. This will ensure that your sweet potato fries cook evenly and become nice and crispy on the outside.
Next, wash your sweet potatoes thoroughly. You don’t want any dirt or residue on them before you start cutting them into fry-size pieces.
Once they’re clean, cut the sweet potatoes into thin, even slices. The thinner you can make them, the crispier they will be once they’re cooked.
If your slices are too thick, they will take longer to cook and may not get as crispy as you’d like them to be. on the other hand, if they’re too thin, they may burn in the hot oven.
Once you have all of your sweet potatoes cut into fry-size pieces, it’s time to start cooking!
Step 2: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
Be sure to use parchment paper and not foil when lining your baking sheet. Foil will stick to your sweet potato fries and make them difficult to remove. Parchment paper will allow your sweet potato fries to cook evenly and prevent sticking.
Step 3: Spread the sweet potato fries in a single layer on the baking sheet
Arrange the sweet potato fries in a single layer on the baking sheet, making sure they are not touching each other. If they are touching, they will not get as crispy. You may need to use two baking sheets to ensure that all the fries have room to spread out.
Step 4: Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy
Once your sweet potato fries are all cut and ready to go, it’s time to bake them! Preheat your oven to 400 degrees (200 degrees Celsius) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Spread your sweet potato fries out in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. If they are too close together, they will steam instead of getting crispy.
Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy. Remove from the oven and serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauce. Enjoy!