I love french fries. Everybody loves them. You can find them all over the world – in Germany, I ate them served up alongside wiener schnitzel; when my friend Lindsay and I were in Italy, she was served a “french fry sandwich” of sorts (a pretty funny story, really, but I won’t go into it right this minute). They’re everywhere, and they’re delicious. But let’s face it, french fries aren’t the healthiest way to eat a potato. Unless……

Yep, you guessed it – sweet potato fries. They’re baked, they’re delicious, and they’re good for you! I, personally, can’t get enough sweet potatoes. I’ll take them anyway I can get them – baked, with butter and brown sugar; in the “sweet potato soufflé” my mom sometimes makes, topped with coconut and chopped pecans; even the kind you get out of a can – in college, when I didn’t have an oven, I’d heat up canned sweet potatoes in the microwave for dinner; and, my new favorite: sweet potato fries, baked up crispy in the oven, served up with a garlic aioli for dipping.

These fries really are awesome. They’re incredibly easy to make and they’re versatile, too. You can add any seasonings you want – the possibilities are endless! I opted for simplicity and seasoned with garlic powder, salt and pepper. De-lish.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

2 large sweet potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1/2-inch sticks (this serves 2-3 people)

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 tablespoon olive oil

(I really didn’t measure – I just threw it all in, so these are just estimates – use as little or as much seasonings as you want)

In a large bowl, drizzle the sweet potato sticks with the olive oil and season with garlic powder, salt and pepper; toss to coat evenly.

Spread evenly on a baking sheet lined with foil (you might want to spray the foil with a little olive oil spray or Pam, just to ensure nothing sticks)

Bake at 400 degrees for 40-45 minutes, or until crisp and slightly brown. Serve with garlic aioli (recipe below)

Garlic Aioli

-Giada DeLaurentiis

¾ cup mayonnaise

1 clove garlic, grated (you could just chop it if you want to, but I don’t like “chunks” of garlic, so I used my microplane)

1 tablespoon lemon juice

In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, garlic and lemon juice; stir to combine.

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  1. Looks fantastic. I love sweet potatoes. I’ll definitely have to make these sometime soon!

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    Comment by Kelsey — April 7, 2008 @ 3:26 PM

  2. Definately a fan of sweet potato fries over regular. There is a restuarant here that serves them sprinkled with brown sugar and MMMMM good.

    Sharona May

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    Comment by Sharona May — April 7, 2008 @ 7:59 PM

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