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Baked Sweet Potato Fries - Healthier and Crispier

Ingredients

Sweet Potato Fries

  • 2 pounds potatoes cut into ½ inch strips (fries)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Chipotle Dipping Sauce

  • 1 cup mayonnaise - I prefer homemade
  • 1 ripe red jalapeno
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 1 pinch of salt

Instructions

Sweet Potato Fries

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Bring a large stockpot of water to a boil.  Place potatoes in pot and boil for about 6-8 minutes or until al dente.  Don't let them go too long here or they won't be firm enough to hold their shape.
  • Drain potatoes and then dry with paper towels. Make sure that they are very dry or they won't crisp up.
  • Mix remaining ingredients in medium-sized bowl.  Place potatoes in the mixture and coat evenly.
  • Spread sweet potatoes on a cookie sheet.  Use two cookie sheets if necessary to prevent potatoes from touching. (If the fries touch, the potatoes will steam instead of roast.)
  • Place potatoes in oven for 30 minutes or until golden and crispy, turning them occasionally.
  • Remove and serve with Chipotle Dipping Sauce.

For Cinnamon Sugar Sweet Potato Fries

  • Replace the dry ingredients with ¼ cup sugar, 1 tablespoon cinnamon, and ¼ teaspoon nutmeg and continue with recipe instructions.

Chipotle Dipping Sauce

  • Heat a cast iron skillet to smoking hot.  Place jalapeno on skillet and cover with lid or pan to create roasting effect.  Rotate pepper occasionally (once a minute) until all sides are charred.  Remove stem and skin from pepper.
  • Place pepper along with the rest of the ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth.  Check seasoning and serve.

Notes

You may be tempted to skip boiling the potatoes, but this step helps the potatoes to be crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.  It is well worth it!
If you want to cheat on the homemade mayonnaise for the chipotle sauce, use Hellman’s mayonnaise.