Sweet Potatoes are the ultimate superfood packed full of Vitamin A with a major source of skin-protecting beta-carotene as well as having 28% more potassium than a banana. Those are just some of the reasons to love sweet potatoes but what I love are the savory ways you can make them taste so good. I’m definitely in the minority when it comes to sweet potatoes in this family and although the guys may not be fans, I still make them as a treat for myself. Baked whole with lots of butter or salty garlic fries are my favorite. These fries are made easy, seasoned and baked with a drizzle of olive oil to crisp up nicely for a healthier side dish.
I find that microwaving your fries for a couple minutes helps them to cook quicker inside and allows them to crisp to perfection on the outside. Drizzle olive oil over the potatoes then microwave on high a couple minutes per potato.
Make sure to cover them while they are in the microwave to steam. You can test them with a fork or knife to see if they have softened up a bit. If they are still hard, microwave a minute more on high.
1 large Sweet Potato, sliced medium and cut into fries
1 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
**Pinch of Cayenne for a spicier blend
Combine salt, garlic powder and black pepper together. Set aside.
Cut sweet potato into fries and place in a microwave safe bowl. Drizzle with olive oil. Microwave covered on high 2 – 3 minutes per potato. Test with a fork to see if the sweet potato is soft after 2 minutes. If needed microwave another minute on high.
Place fries single file on a baking pan so they are not touching. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and garlic seasoning. Bake at 400 degrees 15 – 18 minutes. When the fries begin to brown and caramelize on the bottom, turn the fries over to bake an additional 12 – 15 minutes on the other side.
Taste and season with additional seasoning if desired.