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Healthy Recipe: Not-Your-Average Sweet Potato Fries

These oven-baked fries are low in fat and packed with Vitamin A—not to mention unbelievably crispy. How? Here, a Michelin-starred chef shares his secret.

A lot of us know the trick of baking “fries,” but if the same-old routine of olive oil and salt is getting old, try this new twist from chef Brandon Sharp of the Michelin-starred Solbar restaurant in Calistoga, CA.

His secret? The chef mixes up his Vitamin A-packed sweet potato fries with a sweet-and-salty mixture, then double-bakes them in the oven. The result: an extra-crispy—yet still healthy—side that perfectly complements your favorite lean burger recipe.

Try it. You won’t be disappointed.

Spicy and Smoky Sweet Potato Fries

Ingredients:

  • 3 garnet yams
  • 2 tsp smoked Spanish paprika
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 3 tbsp canola or vegetable oil

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325˚F.
  2. Peel yams and cut into long ½” batons. Mix salt, sugar and spices with oil, then toss yams in mixture. Spread fries in single layer and bake till tender when pierced with tip of a knife (about 12 to 15 minutes).
  3. Let fries cool on pan, then transfer to wax paper on a second pan. Put in freezer until frozen.
  4. Raise oven temp to 450˚F. Spread frozen fries in single layer again and bake until golden brown and crisp, about 8 minutes.
  5. Rest on a brown paper bag and serve immediately with ketchup or lime-spiked aioli.  

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