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overhead shot of some oven baked sweet potato fries in a bowl lined with parchment paper.
Course Side Dish

Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Cinnamon and Paprika

By: Elysia
Servings 4 servings
Prepare a healthy, delicious and easy side with these homemade oven baked sweet potato fries! They're perfectly seasoned with paprika and cinnamon and use a secret ingredient to make them extra golden and crispy...no deep frying required! {Paleo & gluten-free}
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 egg white
  • 3 medium sweet potatoes or 2 large (about 2 lbs) scrubbed and peeled
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  • Position one oven rack on the upper shelf and another rack on the lower shelf of your oven. Preheat the oven 400 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Next, add the egg white to a large mixing bowl and whisk it briskly until it becomes foamy.
  • Peel the potatoes (or leave them unpeeled if preferred) and cut them into sticks that are about 1/4 to 1/2 inch in diameter and 3-inches long. They should resemble french fries. Try to cut the sweet potatoes as uniformly as possible so that the fries bake evenly.
  • As you cut up the fries, add them to the bowl with the egg white and toss them until they’re all coated evenly.
  • Next, drizzle the oil over the potato sticks in the bowl and toss until the oil is evenly distributed.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the cinnamon, paprika, salt and pepper.
  • Sprinkle the spice mixture over the fries in the bowl and toss to coat the fries. Try to get them as evenly seasoned as possible.
  • Divide the fries equally between the two baking sheets and space them out evenly on each sheet so that they’re not overcrowded. This is key for getting them to crisp up.
  • Bake the fries for 20 minutes. Remove the pans from the oven, and then using a large spatula, flip the fries.
  • Arrange the fries into a single layer again to ensure that they aren’t overlapping. If any of the fries look like they’re browning too quickly, move them towards the front or centre of the baking sheet.
  • Return the baking sheets to the oven, alternating their positions on the upper and lower racks.
  • Continue baking until the fries are crisp and lightly golden on the outside and soft and tender on the inside. This should take about 5 to 10 additional minutes, depending upon your oven and the size of your fries. The ends may look crispy and dark on some of the fries and you should see some lighter brown spots in a few places.
  • Remove from the oven. Season with additional salt and pepper, to taste. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Make them uniform: Be sure to cut all of the sweet potato fries into similar sized sticks (length and thickness) so that they all cook up evenly. If they’re all different sizes, some may cook faster than others.
  • Make them thin: Although it may be tempting to cut large chunks of sweet potato (i.e. wedges) to get through the chopping faster, it’s really important to cut the sweet potatoes thin enough so that they crisp up in the oven. Cut them 1/4 to 1/2 and inch in diameter for best results.
  • Add enough oil: This ingredient is key when it comes to baking up crispy sweet potato fries. Be sure to coat all of the fries evenly with the oil so they get equally crispy.
  • Don’t overcrowd the pan: Evenly distribute the fries amongst two baking sheets so that sweet potato fries are in a single layer and have some space between them. If they bake on one baking sheet, it simply steams the fries and makes them soft, without allowing them to become crispy. 
  • Use a high enough temperature: I find that 400 degrees F is the perfect temperature to cook the fries so that they become crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. If you bake them at a lower temperature, it will be difficult to achieve crispy fries.
  • Alternate the pans: On the upper and lower oven shelves half way through to ensure that both sheet pans both receive equal cooking.
  • Keep an eye on the fries: If it seems like the fries at the back of the baking sheet are cooking faster, move them to the middle or front of the pan. The back of the oven tends to cook food faster.
  • Serving to babies: If serving these fries to babies, you may wish to leave off the salt to limit sodium intake.

Nutrition

Calories: 213kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 4gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 442mgPotassium: 592mgFiber: 5gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 24171IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 54mgIron: 1mg
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