Nov 9, 2010

Baked Chipotle Sweet Potato Fries



These guiltless "fries" are lightly tossed with olive oil and spices, then baked in the oven instead of fried. The perfect balance of spicy and sweet. Serves two as a side dish or one for lunch. I served this with skinny ranch dip on the side.

Baked Chipotle Sweet Potato Fries
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 2 • Serving Size: 1/2 • Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 3 pts
Calories: 108 • Fat: 4.7g • Protein: 1.1 g • Carb: 15.8 g • Fiber: 2.0 g  
  • 1 sweet potato, (about 5" long) peeled and cut into 1/4" fries
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • sea salt
  • ground chipotle chile
  • garlic powder 

Preheat oven to 425°.

In a medium bowl, toss sweet potatoes with olive oil, salt, garlic powder and chipotle chile powder.


Spread potatoes on a baking sheet. Avoid crowding so potatoes get crisp. Bake 15 minutes. Turn and bake an additional 10-15 minutes. Ovens may vary so keep an eye on them and be sure to cut all the potatoes the same size to ensure even cooking.

127 comments :

  1. Hey look at me, I'm the first to post! I was on your site looking at your great SF pics and then voila! a new recipe!! Gina this looks great and it is so nice to see a sweet potatoe fry that doesn't use egg white which does't appeal to me and therefore haven't tried to make this before, but now I will! LOVE your site and I continually tell every foodie I know about your site!! Thanks Lisa

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  2. Thanks Lisa! I agree with you about the egg white, a little oil is so much better to bake a "fry". Have a great day.

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  3. yum! bet butternut squash fries would be good like this too! :)

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  4. I am SOOOO gonna try this!! It looks so yummy!! My husband would LOVE it!! We both love the sweet potato fries you can get at Costco, I hope these are a nice healthy version of them so I can eat them too!! :)

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  5. This would go great with baked/breaded fish, a healthy version of fish and chips!

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  6. Eight out of 10 times, I'd go for these before a potato. I can't think of a better way to get your beta carotene!

    @Stickybuns I've actually done something similar with butternut, and yeah; they're awesome; just gotta eat 'em before they get soggy (like that's gonna be a problem).

    A bit OT, If you're not feeling particularly healthy, the butternut fries are just killer when wrapped in bacon. :d

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  7. Oh how lovely, I need to get on board and make some of your recipes...the poundage due to my own blog is adding up!

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  8. So here's my problem, mine never get crispy, more soft. I'm cooking them at 400. Is that too high? Thoughts?

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  9. Maven, I don't think its warm enough! Back in the day I bought bagged fries, it was always bake them at 425* or even some were 450*. great idea, gina, this is how I make mine! Now, if we can just find a way to cut the time of cutting the sweet potato!

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    1. My mandoline slicer has blades that do this cut works awesome its a kitchen aid btw

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  10. This sounds SOOOO good and easy! I can't wait to try it!!

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  11. Those looks amazing, beautiful pics! Thanks for sharing!!

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  12. These look really good! The keys to success for me are a hot oven, plenty of space between so they don't steam, cutting same size pieces, and turning/moving them during cooking.

    http://eatlittleeatbig.blogspot.com/2010/11/recipe-for-sweet-potato-frips-and-pesto.html

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  13. These look so good... Mine are always limp and soggy, I can never get them crispy... Maybe it's adding the olive oil? I never coat mine in oil... thoughts?

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  14. oooo, i love sweet potatoes! and chipotle! will definitely have to try this one! yum!

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  15. I put my fries (sweet potato or butternut) on a cookie cooling rack on top of a cookie sheet to bake -- then they get hot air on all sides and come out crisper.

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  16. Stickybuns- I love that idea!

    Beau- Although that sounds great, I bet that really bring the fat and calories up on each fry!

    Jennifurla - Just coming back from a weekend of food tasting at Foodbuzz Fest, I understand!

    Mojito, as Susie mentioned, plenty of space on your baking dish, a hot oven, cutting them all the same size, and turning them halfway through cooking should do the trick. Also make sure you are cooking them long enough.

    Thanks Kat :)

    Badger girl- Great tip!

    BTW- If you are lucky enough to have a Trader Joe's by you, they sell sweet potatoes already cut into fries!

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  17. Totally wonderful. Made them tonight. We loved them.

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  18. Where do you get chipotle powder?

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  19. OMG how do you get the fries to be so perfect! i love making sweet potato fries but i can't for the life of me get them in nice, uniform shapes like yours haha. these look great, i'll definitely try them! is ground chipotle in the hispanic food aisle or do you recommend buying actual peppers and grounding them up?

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  20. Gina, I enjoyed meeting you at the Festival, too. You've got a great site here--so inspired by all your healthy dishes. :-) Love sweet potatoes prepared this way. I've made them with cumin and chili powder but never with chipotle powder so I'll have to give this a try. Gosh, they look good with the ranch dip!

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  21. I am officially drooling.

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  22. YUM! Love the idea of pairing it with the ranch dip!

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  23. Ground Chipotle powder is in the spice aisle, if you can't find it chile powder would work.

    The sourie, I cut them in half, then take each half and place flat side down and slice it. Then take the slices and cut them into strips. Hope that helps!

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  24. Gina, I LOVE your site. These fries look so good. Can't wait to make them:)

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  25. These look SO GOOD. I have made regular potato wedges this way before, but never with the chipolte seasoning. Yum! If any one has access to the store "The Spice House" in Chicago, they have an amazing chipolte powder. I think they may even sell online.

    For those who have a hard time with the crispiness, when I make steak fries or roast sweet potatoes, like many people said above, I always do it in a 450 degree oven and flip about 20 min in, so you get a good crisp. My cooking time is usually closer to 40 min.

    Thanks Gina! You're my new lifeline for healthy and interesting recipes :)

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  26. I make Sweet Potato Fries this way, too. I use Cayenne Pepper and Cinnamon though. It's a great combination of sweet and hot -- and the kitchen smells fantastic!

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  27. What would the fat content be if you sprayed them with Pam instead of using oil? Would it lower the point count?

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  28. I *love* oven sweet potato fries! They are a staple in this house! I will have to try your chipotle seasoning sometime!

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  29. I finally got my son to taste sweet potato fries. Finally. How could you not love them? They're so delish.

    Thanks for your wonderfully nice comment on my blog. It made me smile BIG.

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  30. Question: Will you update your links and points info when WW changes their up on the 29th?

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  31. I just discovered you the other day from a commenter on the Weight Watchers boards--and I am so exicted to go home and cook up some of these recipes! Going to make this tonight with my dinner--and I am making the dip, too!

    I like to cook and I like to eat and on week 5 of WW I am getting a little tired of eating simple stuff like turkey sandwiches and salads! So thanks!!

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  32. I am a huge fan of sweet potato fries!! I make mine tossed in oil and with Lawry's seasoning salt. I will have to try your kind now!! Yum!!

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  33. This is my ultimate weakness, but I haven't yet tried them in the oven! Now there's no excuses :) They look amazing!

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  34. Mmm! I love sweet potato fries. I can imagine that the chipotle flavor with the sweetness of the potato is amazing! That sweet/savory thing we were talking about :)

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  35. I love these! I just made a honey chipotle sauce last night with some chicken. I think chipotle is one of my new favorite spices!!

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  36. I made this tonight, ah, AMAZING!!!! Sooooo good and made the ranch dip too, loved it... I've ordered these in a restaurant before and could not believe how close it tasted to deep fried... YUM YUM!

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  37. Allie- Yes, that sweet savory thing!

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  38. These look fantastic!!!!

    Miss u roomie!

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  39. A sweet potato fry without the egg white so nice to hear. The recipe looks delicious. Thanks for sharing.

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  40. a couple of nights ago, i decided to give sweet potatoes another try... so i cut one up and tried three different oven-baked sweet potato fry recipes, this being one of them. it was definitely the best! i'll definitely try this one again! :)

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  41. Great! I was not always a fan of sweet potatoes, I like them more when they are used in savory recipes, which is probably why you liked them. And the best part is they are so good for you!

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  42. question please. Sweet potatoes, when peeled are more white. They don't look orange like this picture. Do you use sweet potatoes or yams?

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    1. you can get white flesh sweet otatoes to!

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    2. Typically you cannot buy "yams"... they are a South American food. Argue if you must, but read the back of a can of yams-- Ingredients: Sweet Potato.

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  43. I'm not fan of a sweet potato fries. Therefore, I was wondering how many points will it be if you made it with regular potatoes or is it possible to make these with frozen fries. And if so, would have to thraw them out before adding the oil and seasoning?

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  44. Good question, I could swear it said sweet potatoes, but either would work just the same.

    Sure, you can do this with potatoes, frozen fries usually have oil so don't add additional oil.

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  45. Mine are baking in the oven right now! I can't wait! My sweet potatoes are slightly orange also.

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  46. Hi Gina! Another big hit in my house! I made these last night with the skinny ranch dip and wow! what a treat! we really enjoyed them. My husband went crazy for them. I also made the baked mac and cheese. YUMMMM!!! It was so declicious. you are the best!!!!!!

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  47. Anytime Andrea!! Happy to please :)

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  48. These are really, really good! I saved time by getting the pre-cut sweet potato fries from Trader Joes and had these for dinner tonight. I will definitely be making them again. I've tried a ton of dishes from your site and they've all been tasty. Thanks for the work that goes into the site.

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  49. I don't know why I'm surprised -- everything I've made from your site has been wonderful. These sweet potato fries were no different. In fact, they were AMAZING! Thanks for making me feel like a great cook.

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  50. Gina, I just made these today, but using yams.. and they're so so tasty! 10/10, and husband approved ;-)

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  51. going to try this for sure!
    One thing though, I live in canada and we dont have the new points+ program here yet. so for all you recipes do I look at the "old" points plus values?

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  52. Yes, use the old points, I figured not everyone is switched over yet.

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  53. OKAY!!! I JUST PUT EM IN THE OVEN!!

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  54. OK so a bit too spicy. but still very good! how do you make them more crispy than mushy??

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  55. If you cut them thin enough they should have crisped up, if not they needed a little more time.

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  56. No matter how many times I try I cannot get my SP Fries crunchy. I tossed them in EVOO sprayed the pan seasoned them and they stick to the pan and burn. I am determined to master this recipe and make it mine. I love Sweet Potato Fries but they never come out right. They come out goey or burned. I cooked them the other night for 45 minutes at 425 checking and tossing them every 10 minutes.

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  57. Try cutting them thinner to get them crispier.

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  58. Oh my gosh these are SOOO awesome!!! My new favorite snack! Thanks Gina for another fantastic recipe!

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  59. http://tinyurl.com/4e99vxd
    I just got a potato cutter similar to this and it is WONDERFUL!

    really great for getting nice uniform pieces-
    we'll be having homemade fries more often!

    thanks for the recipe, can't wait to try these because I love the Alexia frozen chipotle sweet potato fries but they are too expensive

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  60. These are so good. I've made them several times now! It goes great with the skinny ranch!

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  61. What are measurements on the salt, cipotle and the garlic powder?

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  62. No measurements, sprinkle it on to taste. The chipotle is spicy, so it depends on your preference.

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  63. These were terrific!! Served them with the skinny ranch dip which was also very tasty!! Great job as always Gina!! Where would my cooking be without you??

    Denise

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  64. Gina - I cannot find chipotle chile. What else could I use?

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  65. Really? You could use regular chili powder instead, or really any spice you like!

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  66. to make crisp butternut squash fries, cut them the night before and lay them out on cooling trays. It dehydrates them and they cook up crispy.

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  67. Hi Gina and everyone

    this is such a wonderful site thank you gina.

    This sounds delicious I am going to get me some sweet potato straight away.

    Thanks

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  68. Hi Gina,

    I can't wait to try this recipe. One question, where can I buy the Chipotle Chile?

    Also, I want to make the Petite Turkey Meatloaves. The recipe calls for Marjoram, but everytime I look in the supermarket I can't find it. Where can I buy it or can I substitute another spice for the Marjoram?

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  69. Thanks anonymous!

    Sheri- I think McCormick sells it, in any case it's in the spice section, if you can't find it use regular chili powder.

    Marjoram should also be with spices, you could use other herbs instead such as parsley or a pinch of oregano.

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  70. I stumbled upon this site yesterday and have already made four of the dishes! I substituted Chipotle Tabasco Sauce instead of the chipotle chili powder and I think they still turned out delicious. Absolutely cannot wait to make these for my boyfriend. Thanks!

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  71. My 20 year old daughter and I made these tonight, after sampling the skinnygirl margaritas tho and I got a little heavy handed with the chipotle seasoning!!! But they were sooooooooooooo good!! The whole time we were cutting them up we were thinking,......wow these things are gonna be so hard!!! But they softened up so easy in the oven!!!

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  72. I love this recipe, I will be making it over and over.

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  73. LOVE sweet potato fries! Target near me sells the alexia brand, which is WW friendly but dying to try these . A good sauce is Litehouse brand lite salsa ranch. It's about 50 cal per 2Tbsp.

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  74. Gina! I can't find Chile powder or Chiotle Chile Powder- is it also known as chilli powder by any chance?

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  75. Would Cayenne Pepper work instead?

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  76. will reg potatoes have the same points?

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  77. what would you use to dip the fries in?

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  78. Gina,
    is chipotle chili powder the same as ground chipotle peppers spice?

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  79. Belinda, not sure you'll have to check on recipe builder.

    I linked to the ranch dip.

    Chipotle chili powder should be the same as spice.

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  80. I also use Chipotle flavor tobassco sauce instead of the chilli poweder. Also I like to use a Cajun spice blend; already has the spices I want, mixed together.

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  81. Gina,OMG I've tried alot of your recipes they are all amazing. I now stock up on the chicken broth I can't say one recipe is better then the other. I've tried many of the foodnet work recipes and they aren't as good as yours or healthy. My family loves everything I have made from your site. Thanks for all your hard work. My father in law is staying with us and he loves soup, so I made the escarole soup he loved it also. I spend hours on your site planning for the week. Thanks Denise

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  82. When you say Serving Size is 2, is that two fries? I am confused lol..thank you so much. Love your website! You are fantastic!

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  83. Thanks for the tips on how to make them crispy! Totally worked! I also used Japanese Sweet Potatoes which I guess are drier, so maybe that helped too. The adobe chili powder knocked us out, but good recipe if I just tone down the spice!!

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  84. Made these for the first time tonight and they are delicious. Thanks for the great recipe. For those looking for chipotle chili powder, there's a company called Penzeys Spices that carries an excellent one. There's a Penzey store near my home in Fairfax, Va, but you can also order online.

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  85. Love this website. Just starting out on weight watchers and I love all the different recipe ideas. So far everything I have made is a big hit especially the chicken rollantini.Cant wait to see whats new tomorrow.

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  86. Hey a girlfriend made these this weekend, except she sprinkled them with curry powder, salt and a bit of cayenne! they were spectacular!

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  87. I just discovered your site and have made two recipes so far (these fries and the macaroni and cheese soup with broccoli). Both were amazing, so I can't wait to try more recipes! I didn't have chipotle chili on hand, so I used chili powder for the sweet potato fries. I also made the dipping sauce mentioned but used light sour cream instead of Greek yogurt. I thinned it with the tiniest bit of skim milk just to make it easier for dipping. The fries and dip were amazing, and even my picky toddlers loved them. I didn't see the need to add any additional spices or seasoning to the dip since the fries are already spicy on their own. The simple, cool dip complemented them perfectly! They were so awesome and simple that I think I'll make them again for lunch tomorrow!

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  88. Man, I have tried so many sweet potato fry recipes and mine NEVER come out crispy! What am I doing wrong? PS, It never stops me from eating them! :)

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  89. Yep, if it's orange it's a yam. Which is good, because yams are fewer points than sweet potatoes.

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  90. Love this recipe! We made it last night with your Turkey Zucchini burgers (also super yummy). I had an extra zucchini so I cut it into fries & used the same chipotle mixture... O.M.G. They were amazing!

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  91. just read this to make fries crispier. Never tried it but I will.
    Soak them in water beforehand

    This is a technique that works surprisingly well. You simply soak the potato fries in some water for 1-2 hours before baking them. Feel free to change the water half-way through. By soaking them, some of the starches leech out into the water. The starch in potatoes hinders moisture from escaping, which leaves more water in the potato. Make sure to rinse the potatoes well after soaking (to remove the starch) and pat them completely dry before cooking. If you don’t dry them well, you just add even more moisture.

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  92. I made these last night but they didn't really crisp up! They basically became sweet potato squish. Any tips?

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  93. Hey Gina, about how much of the spices would you use per recipe? I want to give some to my son and I'm scared of making them too spicy.

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  94. PROBLEM!:
    Hey Gina! I can not get these crispy. I have no clue what I am doing wrong. I have tried cooking them many times and it never works. I even tried broiling them and still soggy! What do I do to get them crispy??? Thanks!

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  95. First of all let me say, I LOVE your site! So many great recipes!

    I made these fries tonight with swiss chard burgers. The recipe is such a great idea. However, I like some of the other reviewers had trouble getting them crispy. I cut them into very small strips, sprayed them with olive oil, and baked at 425 for 45 minutes. They were more mushy than crispy. Some of them touched and they were too tiny that I wasn't able to flip them each over individually. What did I do wrong? Do you recommend putting the salt on after so it doesn't trap the moisture in while baking?

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  96. Just made these last night and it was a bit funny. I left them in just a little longer than I should have before flipping and was shocked to see they were turning BLACK on the side touching the pan! I flipped them over and gave them a few more minutes anyway so they wouldn't have a raw side, but was pretty convinced I had ruined them. When I took them out of the oven I realized it hadn't smelled like it was burning so I gave one a try. Turns out they hadn't burned, they had caramelized! The bit of caramelization combined with the spicy chipotle flavor was AMAZING! I will absolutely be making these again!

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  97. So yammy! Just made them and noticed same thing as Kate that even though they looked black, they still tasted great! Thank you for this great recipe, I'll be doing these now on, instead of normal fries, I never even liked them!

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  98. Love these for Thanksgiving and year-round. I add a sprinkle of cinnamon and orange zest. I bake on parchment paper in a convection oven and they crisp up nicely. It's important to not crowd the baking sheet.

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  99. Oh I really heart sweet potatoes baked. I can say I always have this dish for every week. Too bad my family doesn't much like it. I don't even care when my fries come out lumpy and soggy. They still taste best. I usually sprinkle it with chili flakes. Love it much <3

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  100. Made these last night and loved them! Mine didn't get crispy...I think I probably overcrowded them. However, the taste was still great and my husband loved them! Another great recipe!

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  101. I just made a batch. I burned them to all heck. My DS ate the semi-okay ones loaded with ranch.
    My hubs couldn't get past the black burnt taste LOL.
    Maybe I'll try again another day.

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  102. Sounds delish, love your site!

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  103. I am making these now! They look so good! :-) In the picture, you have some white dip with them. Is that a recipe too?

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  104. I'm thinking this would be healthier if we used coconut oil instead? Going to try it...

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  105. TIP - use a misto filled with olive oil and spray lightly. you can get away with using 1/4th the amount of oil! - Ann

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  106. What kind of sauces would be good with these? What is the sauce in the photo?

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  107. Yummyyy I'm making these tonight with a bun-less turkey burger!

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  110. Can't wait to give these a try tonight. Making them as the side for your Buffalo Turkey Burgers. I have made those burgers numerous times and the DH just can't get enough. :-)

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  111. I didn't crowd them, and I ended up burning them trying to make them crispy. I don't understand.

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  112. I love these! I wish there was a way to prevent the smaller or thinner cuts from blackening, but that doesn't seem to be the case. I can also never get mine to turn out as crispy as I'd like, but that's hardly this recipe's fault. The flavor was great!

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  113. My husband usually likes his food fried and smothered in something thick and yucky, but I've been trying to help him find healthy food he likes. It's tough! I subscribe to "Door to Door Organics" and they delivered four sweet potatoes today. I made these along with your chicken nuggets and some steamed carrots and he told me this was maybe the best meal I've ever made! THANK YOU! Your recipes are SO easy to follow and super yummy. We all eat better (and eat yummier food) when I cook from your website. And THANK YOU for providing vegetarian recipes. In a "mixed" household, it's nice to make food that is good for everyone.

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  114. So disappointed in this recipe. Thought they would be good but unless you have commercial french fry cutter to get all the cuts exactly the same size you will just burn some while the rest of the fries are mush. The pictures obviously were not bakes but came out of a deep fryer. Baking will not provide that type of consistency in cooking. We enjoy several recipes off this site but a word to the wise keep on moving this one is a flop.

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  115. Hi, would it be possible to make a batch of these and put them in the freezer? (student with little time)

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  116. These are SO GOOD! We made some to take to my brother's house for dinner and by the time we got to his house...they were all gone! Oops! I make them all the time; my teenager and husband and I *cannot* get enough. Thanks, Gina!!

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  117. Can I cut raw sweet potatoes into fries and freeze them to bake later on? And if so, how long would I bake them for frozen? I really want to be able to just portion them and freeze them raw and then bake them whenever I want to eat them.

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  118. I literally eat sweet potatoes everyday! I can't wait to add Chipotle!

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  119. I make my sweet potato fries the same way, except I use madras curry powder and serve with a side of sriracha or harissa ketchup. My boyfriend is crazy about them. I'm trying to figure out what would be good with these since we usually only make them when I have a craving and I eat them all by themselves (and maybe share with the cats.)

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