Who doesn’t love fries? I for one love them and it is my weakness, whenever I feel like having a cheat meal I succumb to a hot crispy plate of fries… But there is a healthier alternative to my weakness that is just as good as the fast food version and I’m not kidding! Replacing ordinary starchy white potatoes that offer no nutritional value what so ever with nutritious packed sweet potatoes is the first step. There is so many beneficial vitamins and minerals in sweet potatoes that ordinary potatoes don’t have, I know I’ve mentioned before but it truly is worth making the switch.
Followed by oven baking them instead of deep frying obviously making them contain less saturated fats that like to clog up arteries to our heart causing heart disease, which is one of the biggest killers in our country at present.
Lastly making them flavoursome with spices, I like to use smoked paprika or sumac if you like it spicy try adding some ground chilli power as well and not to forget the secret ingredient of polenta. Polenta is corn meal often used in Italian cooking .You can use semolina which is similar but I find Polenta gives it that extra crunch. Coating them in the spices and polenta is what makes these fries so good. I often make these for the kids they absolutely love them and now prefer them to potato ones. If you introduce your kids to different foods from a young age I believe them become less fussy as they get older and get used to trying new things. Sometimes they need extra persuading like all kids but this switch was one we never looked back on.
Crunchy Sweet Potato Fries
1 large sweet potato peeled and cut into fries
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tb polenta
2 tbs extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil
1 tsp smoked paprika or sumac
1 tsp ground himalayan salt
- Preheat oven to 180’C (350’F)
- Place the sweet potato fries onto a lined baking tray
- Sprinkle spices, salt and polenta over the fries
- Drizzle oil over and toss to coat
- Spread out the fries evenly and bake in the oven for 55-60mins until crispy and brown