Sweet potato fries have become the new trendy side at almost every dining establishment. While it is safe to say that sweet potatoes are a healthier potato option, most restaurants are creating ways of "junking" these perfectly good root vegetables up!
- Rather than naked and baked - think coated in flour and deep fried
- Instead of plain and letting the natural flavors tickle our tastebuds - most dining establishments will pour on a pound of unnecessary butter
- A personal favorite - sweet tater fries served with a side of warm caramel sauce.
Of course, all of these options sound incredibly tasty, but these non-natural options add extra calories, contain hidden wheat, and sugars. Become a menu detective and inquire if the sweet potato fries came from a bag or if they are being made in house. While being made in-house doesn't ensure you won't find the fries tossed in gluten there is a greater chance you'll have an Au Natural sweet potato with your meal.
For a homemade version of sweet potato fries give this recipe a try.
- You'll need 2 - 4 sweet potatoes - wash and peel (or simply wash really well)
- Preheat over to 350 degrees
- Cut sweet potatoes into fries using a sharp knife or a mandoline slicer
- Melt 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and toss fries in the coconut oil before placing on a wire baking rack
- Sprinkle fries with sea salt
- Place in preheated oven and bake for 40 - 60 minutes. Keep checking on the fries every 10 - 15 minutes
You'll need to experiment on the timing of your fries as it depends on how thick the fries are cut, your oven, and desired level of crispness.