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Bad Things Gone Good Week: French Fries

Here's another one for the "How have we never done X before?" file. X being sweet potato fries this time around. Sweet potato fries? Shouldn't that have been like the sec­ond or third post we ever did? Um yeah… and yet? Not so much.

I was talk­ing to some­one just this morn­ing about how we all fall back on foods we know aren't the great­est (I'm look­ing at you mac and cheese) but that kids will eat with­out a fuss. "They're guar­an­tee foods," my new genius friend quipped. Exactly! Well, these fries are absolutely a guar­an­tee. But since they're made sweet potato they also pack a nutri­tional punch. Shall we review? Our name­sake veg is high in fibre and con­tains impres­sive lev­els of vit­a­mins A, C and B6. This is so easy it's almost not a recipe at all. Which makes it a must for your weekly ros­ter. They're a great side for lots of mains. Feel free to mon­key around with the spices or don't use spices at all — but this combo is killer, if I may say.

pho­tos by Maya Vis­nyei

Sweet Potato Fries

3 Medium Sweet Pota­toes
1/4 cup veg­etable oil
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp salt
1 Tbsp 5-spice


Pre­heat oven to 450 degrees.

Peel and slice sweet pota­toes into match sticks. I like to start by cut­ting them in half length­wise. Then lay them flat on that cut side and make thin strips. Then turn those strips on their sides and cut into more fine slices. The skin­nier you make them, the crisper they're going to be.

Mix your spices in a large bowl. Pour oil over the spice blend and com­bine well. Throw in your pota­toes and toss until they're com­pletely cov­ered. Lay them out out in a sin­gle layer on a cookie sheet. Use two sheets if they're look­ing crowded.

Place in a hot oven and bake for 25 to 30 min­utes. Take out at the fif­teen minute mark and turn them over with tongs or a spat­ula. Keep an eye on them at the end as the edges will char (not that that's a bad thing). Try to let them cool before you dive in. Good luck with that!



  1. Lindsay says:

    This looks awe­some, but I'm dying to know what 5-Spice is.

  2. Insensate says:

    these look awe­some… beau­ti­ful pic­tures as well

  3. Polwig says:

    We love sweet potato fries, my 3 year old twins will pick them over reg­u­lar fries any day. I have had them with paprika before but never with Chi­nese 5 spice. So worth a try.

  4. Liz says:

    These look AMAZING!!! Going to try soon~

  5. Jo says:

    I adore yam fries! Fan­tas­tic on their own or dipped in some chipotle-mayo, Mmmm

  6. Natalie says:

    These look great! I love sweet potato!

  7. Ceri Marsh says:

    Hi Lind­say,
    Sorry — I should have replied to sooner to your ques­tion! 5-Spice is a spice combo that's used in a lot of Chi­nese dishes. It's usu­ally made up of fen­nel, cloves, cin­na­mon, star-anise and Szechuan pep­per­corns so it's sweet and spicy together. You could go to a spe­cialty store to find it but I see it more and more these days in bet­ter gro­cery stores. But hon­estly, you can cre­ate any spice mix you think your fam­ily would like!

  8. Karen Lalonde says:

    I tried this recipe using All spice instead of 5 spice it worked great. 5 spice is the Chi­nese Ver­sion of All spice and you can get it in the chi­nese food shop. All spice you get in the gro­cery store. Both work.

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