Save this Spicy Sweet Potato Fry recipe for when your craving fries and don’t want to feel guilty about eating them.
We all want to look great in a swimsuit, right? And who doesn’t love the taste of fries dipped in ketchup on a sunny summer day.
The trouble is, the two are like opposing forces. Fries taste amazing and makes us feel happy when we eat them! But eating greasy fries only reminds us that our swimsuit won’t fit as well afterwards.
What are we to do?
SWEET POTATOES TO THE RESCUE
How about this? The next time you have a craving for fries, peel a sweet potato, cut it into matchsticks, toss them with cooking oil and Cajun spice, then let the toaster-oven bake them to sweet potato fry perfection!
They’re delicious, nutritious and low in fat so they won’t mess with how the swimsuit fits.
The downside is sweet potatoes don’t crisp as well as potatoes when baked. There are many suggestions on how to make sweet potato fries crisp but some include using either cornstarch, flour or egg whites which will alter the flavor. Others suggest to bake them for an hour – that’s too long to wait for fries.
Personally, I would rather be eating my sweet potato fries than spending extra time tinkering with making them as crispy as a regular fry.
To keep your sweet potato fries from being overly soft, rinse the sweet potatoes under cold water after you have cut them into matchsticks. Then pat them dry with paper towel before tossing them with the oil and Cajun spice. The water removes surface sugars which helps the fries crisp (a little) on the outside.
Not as crispy as a regular fry but tasty enough that you won’t be leaving any extras behind on the toaster-oven tray. And this single serving recipe will ensure the bathing suit fits, and looks, just as good as when you first tried it on!
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CAJUN SWEET POTATO FRIES
Makes: One Serving of Sweet Potato Fries ~ Time: About 30 minutes
Download Printable Recipe
1 sweet potato
½ Tbsp canola oil (or vegetable oil)
½ tsp. Cajun spice
salt to season
Putting it Together
Peel and cut sweet potato into 1/4-inch thick matchsticks. Place in a mesh strainer and rinse under cold water to remove any excess surface sugars (this will help them crisp a little). Pat dry with paper towel. Line toaster oven tray with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, toss sweet potato matchsticks with oil and Cajun spice to coat each matchstick. Place on toaster oven tray, leaving some space between each fry.
Bake in a 450 F toaster oven for 12 minutes. Turn each fry over, lightly season with salt, and bake for 12 minutes longer. Keep an eye on them during the last few minutes of cooking – sweet potatoes have a tendency to go from browning to burning with little warning.
Lightly season with salt while the fries are still hot. Serve with ketchup, or eat as is!
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Brent Garell – Brent is the guy behind College Recipe Cafe, and author of The Cook-a-Palooza Experience. He visits local colleges to teach students cooking 101 skills, and is the author of the digital cookbook 15-Minute Money Saving Meals for Students: Cup of Recipes for When You Need Food NOW! Available now on Amazon.