sweet potato friesSweet potato fries are very trendy lately and there is no surprise why. First of all, they are low in calories versus regular potato fries. They have that little sweet taste that makes them unique and every time we eat sweet potatoes we feel transported somewhere else. But they are also a superfood. They contain a big quantity of beta-carotene, making them a great antioxidant. If I continue with the good news, a large sweet potato holds more than 100% of your daily needs in Vitamin A. Sweet potatoes are also known for their anti-inflammatory and anti-aging (Vitamin A, C and E) properties, and would also have an impact on blood sugar regulation thanks to the B6 vitamin. They are also great companions for those looking for foods that can help maintaining high energy levels. And if you are still not convinced, their quantity of magnesium would also have an impact against stress, promoting relaxation and calmness.

Now a few facts on sweet potatoes: contrarily to regular potatoes that are tubers, sweet potatoes are actually roots. They originally come from Central and South America and were brought back to Europe by Christopher Columbus after his first trip to America in 1492, being sent later to Africa, Indonesia, the Philippines and other countries of South-East Asia.

Ok, now let’s get to these fries. What to keep in mind? First of all, watch out when cutting the raw sweet potato: it is a bit tough, requires some strength so make sure to not hurt yourself. Second, the secret of these sweet potato fries lies on 3 ingredients added only at the end of the roasting: garlic, paprika and salt.

And as in this blog there is very little processed food, the ketchup is of course homemade: find the recipe here.

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Sweet Potato fries with Home-made ketchup Yum
Course Side
Cuisine Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Course Side
Cuisine Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/350°F.
  2. Start by peeling the sweet potato with a potato peeler and then wash it well.
  3. On a cutting board, cut the sweet potatoes into 1cm (0.4 inches) wide sticks and around 8cm (3 inches) long if possible. Avoid making them too thin or they might burn easily in the oven. The more regular are the sticks, the more regular the cooking will be.
  4. Place them in a tray with baking paper in rows leaving a little space between each stick. This will help a homogeneous roasting. Drizzle with olive oil.
  5. Put the baking tray into the oven and let it cook for 20 minutes.
  6. Chop the garlic cloves.
  7. Take the fries out from the oven, sprinkle them with the sweet paprika, the chopped garlic and the coarse salt. Mix everything well and put it back into the oven for 10 more minutes. If you see that the fries are getting too dark take them out earlier.
  8. Put them into a bowl and ready to serve!
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