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White or Sweet Potato Oven “Fries” Recipe

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Course: Side Dish
Total Time: Under 1 Hour
Skill Level: Easy
Cost: Inexpensive
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White or Sweet Potato Oven “Fries”

Photo by: Joseph De Leo

A terrific way to enjoy low-fat “fries,” this is a great accompaniment for veggie burgers and soy hot dogs. 

Yield:
4 servings

INGREDIENTS
  • 4 to 5 large potatoes, preferably red-skinned or Yukon gold, or 3 large sweet potatoes, or a combination
  • 2 tablespoons light olive oil
  • Salt to taste

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.

2. Peel the potatoes and cut them into long, ½-inch-thick fry-shaped strips. Combine them in a large mixing bowl with the oil and toss well to coat. Sprinkle with a little salt.

3. Transfer the fries to a nonstick baking sheet. Bake, stirring gently every 10 minutes, until the potatoes are lightly browned, 20 to 30 minutes. Serve at once.

Notes

Baked Potatoes the Classic Way:

For those of us who lead hectic lives (and who doesn’t these days?), the microwave is a boon for baking all types of potatoes. You can bake them in a fraction of the time it takes in the oven.

But if you find yourself home on a cold or drizzly day, consider baking a few white or sweet potatoes the old-fashioned way. Their flavor deepens and they bake much more evenly in the oven than they do in the microwave.

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Scrub the potatoes (especially well if you plan to eat the of skins of white potatoes) with a vegetable brush. Cut off any eyes that have begun to sprout. Conventional wisdom says to poke a few times with a fort to allow steam to escape to prevent exploding, but to be honest, I never do this, Instead, I wrap the potatoes individually in aluminum foil and arrange them on an oven rack. Bake until a knife pierces through easily, about 1 hour.


© 2001 Nava Atlas
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

Nutritional information is provided by the author.

Calories: 205
Total fat: 7 g
Protein: 2 g
Carbohydrate: 34 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 9 mg

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