Everyone has that one food — the not-very-healthy, crave-able, junk food that you just love. Chips, ice cream, chocolate … for me, it's french fries! It's that one food that I can rarely say no to. I love those crispy, salty potato slices. They're are at the top of my favorite junk food list for sure.
But I know just as well as the next person that indulging in deep fried potato wedges on a regular basis isn't the key to a healthy diet. Far from it. But that fact certainly doesn't make me want fries any less! So I came up with my own homemade recipe. That way I could indulge in one of my favorites without all the added guilt.
I use sweet potatoes — tons of flavor and super high in nutrients — and I coat them with a ton of spices and then bake them in the oven. The result? A super crispy, flavorful french fry that didn't even come close to a deep fryer. It's the perfect at-home remedy and the perfect recipe to help you stick to your healthy lifestyle!
Spiced Sweet Potato Wedges
Recipe developed by Maria Tadic, RD
Makes 4-5 servings
3 medium sweet potatoes, cut into 6-8 wedges each
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly cracked pepper
2 tbsp vegetable oil
- Align one rack to the lowest position in your oven. Preheat to 475 F. Place a sheet tray or baking pan on the lowest rack and allow to preheat with the oven.
- In a large bowl, place the sweet potato wedges and cover with cold water. Allow to sit for 10-15 minutes — this allows some of the starch to be released from the potatoes, making for a crispier fry.
- Remove fries from the water, rinsing well. Dry thoroughly with paper towels.
- Toss potato wedges with oil and spices in another large bowl. Ensure that each fry is thoroughly coated with oil and spices.
- Remove preheating sheet tray from oven and lay out the potato wedges (a flesh side down) on the tray. Put back in the oven and cook for 5-8 minutes or until golden brown on the bottom side.
- Flip wedges over and cook for another 5-8 minutes until the remaining side is also golden brown. Serve immediately!
Note: Do not walk away or leave potatoes in oven without watching them. They can burn quickly at the high temps required!