Truth be told I have always preferred good old Russet Potatoes over Sweet Potatoes. See, for me it is all about the crispy potato skin and while the I do love the inside of a sweet potato, the skin doesn’t really do it for me.
I even devoted an entire page to how to cook the Perfect Baked Potato in my eBook last year (Think Vegetables First) because I am into crispy baked potato skin like that.
However, as we discussed on Wednesday, our family is doing the #Whole30 (today is Day 5 and I would like a glass of wine thank you very much) and all potatoes except for sweet potatoes are out.
Since sweet potatoes are OK after a workout or occasionally (not intended to be an everyday food for the #Whole30), I thought we could use a little something crispy to get this weekend off to a good start.
Getting sweet potatoes crispy isn’t exactly easy. I decided to soak them to remove some of the starch, pat dry (really well!) and toss them in a coating of Old Bay and tapioca flour. Old Bay because, well seriously it just makes everything better. Tapioca flour because it is one of the few #Whole30 approved “flours” and my instinct was right that it would help the potatoes get crispier.
These Crispy Sweet Potatoes Fries do take a little bit of work but most of it is hands-off and totally worth it. They are crispy, a little spicy, a little sweet – and just all around good!
- Tapioca Flour a Gluten Free white flour that is made from the Cassava Plant. I found it at Whole Foods but have seen it at many other supermarkets as well as online.
- If you love Old Bay Seasoning like me, you may want to check out these shrimp, these shrimp and this chicken. I also have a recipe for Old Bay Parsnip Fries in my eBook – Vegetables First.
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Crispy sweet potato fries recipe
- 1 pound sweet potatoes
- warm water for soaking
- 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning
- 2 teaspoons tapioca flour
Wash sweet potatoes. Peel if desired. I prefer to leave the skin on because I like the taste and it is a time-saver. Trim ends and cut into evenly-sized french fries by slicing 1/4" thick lengthwise slices. Slice these 1/4" thick slices into long "fries".
Place cut fries in large bowl of warm water and soak for 30 minutes.
Here is a picture of how cloudy the water looks after 30 minutes - this is some of the starch releasing from the potatoes.
Preheat oven to 450F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Drain potatoes well and pat dry between paper towels.
Return dried potatoes to bowl you used for soaking (make sure the bowl is dry as well!) and add the olive oil. Mix well with your hands until evenly dispersed.
Mix Old Bay and tapioca flour together in a gallon-size storage bag. Add oil-coated potatoes to bag, seal and shake until well coated.
Place fries on baking sheets in one layer with ample room between each fry (or they won't get crispy!).
Bake for 20 minutes. Carefully turn fries, rotate baking sheets and bake for another 15 to 20 minutes until crispy but not burnt.
Serve hot and Enjoy!
Shared with Fight Back Fridays.