Sweet Potato Fries with Garlic

Side Dish, Vegetables | 34 comments

It’s so boring to talk about the weather, but I have to tell you how much ours is driving me crazy. As my friend Brandy put it: our weather is being totally bi-polar. Cold one day, gorgeous the next, then raining, then add 3 or 4 days of sunny-could-be-gorgeous if it wasn’t for the high winds. When I say that I’m ready for spring, what I really mean is that I’m ready for the perfect kind of spring days. I want to be cooking on the grill and playing outside with the kids while the smell of barbecue is in the air, not guessing everyday how I should dress the kids, promising park days and canceling them, or freezing my tail off! Maybe we can just skip to summer and take away the 90-100 degree temps?

sweet potato fries

I planned burgers for a day I was hopeful would be nice enough to be outside, but then just as it always seems to go during spring in New Mexico, the winds picked up right around dinner time. No one wants a sandy burger, and no one wants to stand outside at the grill while 25 mph (with occasional gusts up to 35+) are slapping them in the face.


So we made do and I cooked the burgers inside on a skillet and enjoyed them anyway. Especially since We had these delicious sweet potato fries to accompany them. This is a recipe you definitely don’t want to miss. So much healthier than traditional french fries, and I think tastier. A great way to get kids to eat more veggies for sure. As for the burgers, they were great too. Just a regular patty oozing with melted Gouda cheese. Instead of lettuce, we used arugula.

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Sweet Potato Fries with Garlic and Parmesan

from Eat Well

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2 lbs orange fleshed sweet potatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil
coarse sea salt
3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced


Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Rinse and dry the sweet potatoes. Cut potatoes lengthwise, without peeling them, into slices 1/2 inch thick, then cut each slice into batons about 1/4 inch wide and 3 inches long. Arrange in a single layer on a large rimmed baking sheet (I lined mine with a silicone baking mat so they wouldn't stick) and toss with olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Roast, stirring with a spatula midway through baking time, until tender and browned on the edges, about 20-25 minutes.

In a bowl, mix Parmesan, parsley, and garlic. Sprinkle over warm oven fries and mix gently to coat. Season to taste with additional salt, and serve immediately. Serves 4 as a side dish.

Katie Goodman

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  • 1
    Jessica @ How Sweet - April 05, 2010 @ 11:08 am

    We love sweet potato fries! Have them about 3-4 times a week! :)


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    itsawrapteacher - April 05, 2010 @ 12:01 pm

    You can never go wrong with sweet potato fries but adding parmesan and garlic is genius!


  • 3
    Courtney - April 05, 2010 @ 1:35 pm

    these look amazing!


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    Jessica Lynn - April 05, 2010 @ 1:38 pm

    Oh. My. Great. Goodness. I can't wait to make these. I attempted making my own sweet potato fries once, but they were never crisped. These look fantastic.


  • 5
    Maggie - April 05, 2010 @ 1:42 pm

    We had these Saturday night but couldn't find a great recipe. Ours always turn out more like baked…a little mushy on the inside. We've been looking for a good crisp fry-like recipe…can't wait to try these!


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    Chocolate Freckles - April 05, 2010 @ 2:29 pm

    They sound way more healthier than simply deep frying them. Would definitely try this recipe!! Garlic does add a lot of flavour!


  • 7
    Maria - April 05, 2010 @ 2:40 pm

    I love making roasted sweet potato fries. My favorite snack! Better than candy!


  • 8
    Betsy - April 05, 2010 @ 3:15 pm

    One of my favorite things!


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    Aggie - April 05, 2010 @ 3:17 pm

    How perfect is this! All of my favorite things. I love that you added some parm on the fries!Our weather in FL has been extremely bipolar this year too…I think we've finally settled into a routine and can say no more long sleeves!


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    Kirsten - April 05, 2010 @ 3:37 pm

    Glad to know who is responsible for this wind (yes, it comes from NM to CO!). It is driving us crazy as well. I have never made sweet potatoes ever. Those fries look yummy. I will give it a try. Thanks.


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    whisk-kid - April 05, 2010 @ 4:36 pm

    I love sweet potatoes. They're so good! This recipe sounds great.We've had really crazy weather here lately too, but I suppose that's normal for Michigan :D


  • 12
    Ashley - April 05, 2010 @ 5:04 pm

    Yes! Aren't these the best??


  • 13
    Amy - April 06, 2010 @ 12:38 am

    Mmmm..I am such a fan of oven fries. You just can't go wrong and they are so much healthier too. Those look delicious and my eyes keep navigating towards those berries too. Yummy! Love the tip about using the baking mat too- great idea!


  • 14
    Travel Eat Love - April 06, 2010 @ 1:22 am

    Ohhh yum! This looks like a perfect combination of flavors!


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    Jaimie - April 06, 2010 @ 2:20 am

    It's too bad my little one is allergic to sweet potatoes. It really makes me sad.


  • 16
    James - April 06, 2010 @ 2:20 am

    I've never made my own fries, but this seems like a good reason to try


  • 17
    Dana - April 06, 2010 @ 3:05 am

    I have a recipe that makes wedges but these are so much more delicate. I love the Parmesan here – I can't wait to make them. Gorgeous photos!


  • 18
    Connie - April 06, 2010 @ 5:12 am

    Gorgeous photos and I'm definitely going to try the fries!


  • 19
    Cherine - April 06, 2010 @ 8:56 am

    I love sweet potatoes! I should try ur recipe soon :)


  • 20
    Maggy - April 06, 2010 @ 12:55 pm

    I LOVE sweet potato fries, will definitely be trying these. YUM! And that photo makes me want to just dive in and eat them.


  • 21
    Divina Pe - April 06, 2010 @ 1:22 pm

    Love sweet potato fries. I have some sweet potatoes here right now and it's time to make them.


  • 22
    Richard - April 06, 2010 @ 2:01 pm

    Have made these before and they are to die for!


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    oneordinaryday - April 06, 2010 @ 2:55 pm

    I feel the same way about the weather. No complaints today though – we're to reach the upper 80s. That's pretty crazy for early April, but it beats cold rain any day.Love those sweet potato fries, but I like the addition of cheese even more. I'm putting sweet potatoes on my grocery list right now.


  • 24
    Tasteritos - April 06, 2010 @ 4:22 pm

    OMG! I used to have something similar when I was a kid. Will definitely try making these soon. :)


  • 25
    authentacity - April 06, 2010 @ 9:04 pm

    Sweet potato fries are the best…this looks like a great recipe.


  • 26
    Tiffany - April 06, 2010 @ 9:38 pm

    This is my dinner tonight (eating it as we speak). They are so delicious – how can you go wrong with Parmesan and garlic? I would like them a teeny bit crispier next time: any suggestions?


  • 27
    Amy from She Wears Many Hats - April 08, 2010 @ 4:02 am

    These look so tasty and one of my husbands faves. Will have to try these alongside our next burgers.


  • 28
    House Husband - April 14, 2010 @ 6:11 pm

    Made these last night with BBQ Chicken thighs. Worked out great but I should have spread them over two sheets as I had a massive sweet potato. 4 out 5 loved them and the 5th we don't think actually tasted them but rather made them mysteriously disappear from her plate…


  • 29
    Sarah - April 15, 2010 @ 9:00 pm

    That looks so tasty. I want that plate of food with the burger, fries and the berries. Yum!


  • 30
    Anonymous - July 01, 2010 @ 7:57 pm

    I am going to make these sweet potatoes for dinner with my turkey burgers. They look so delish.


  • 31
    C Ligon - July 31, 2010 @ 3:07 pm

    Hay, how can I print a recipe for sweet potato fries?????I can't fine a way to print, I am way too lazy to write it with a pen.


  • 32
    Katie @ goodLife {eats} - July 31, 2010 @ 4:15 pm

    right now there isn't a way to print, it will be installed soon, but you can copy and past the recipe into a word doc and print that.


  • 33
    Bell - May 07, 2012 @ 9:07 pm

    my mom is ABSESED with sweet potato frys and chips so she will LOVE this!!! thanks!!!!


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