Tips for cutting sweet potatoes:
You may have noticed by now that sweet potatoes can be very firm and difficult to cut. We have a few helpful suggestions to make cutting sweet potatoes a little easier:
- Find the flattest side or create a flat side before you begin cutting. You want your potato to sit as stable as possible before you cut. If you can’t find a flat side on your potato, you can make one really quickly with a vegetable peeler.
- Use a high-quality, large knife. I’ve tried cutting sweet potatoes with cheap knives I’ve picked up at the grocery store, and it makes life so much harder. Using a higher-quality knife will save you time and (probably) injuries. 😉 We’d recommend these knives or this one.
- Sharpen your knife before you cut. Even with a high-quality knife, make sure you sharpen it before you cut. You’ll be surprised at the difference it makes. I got this one in a cooking class in college, and I’ve loved it ever since.
How to get crispy baked “fries”:
These fries are baked, not fried, so they save you a lot of calories and lot of added fats. If you still want a crispy fry, here are our best tips:
- Keep the temperature high. We cook these at 450 degrees so that they’re more roasted instead of just baked. Keep in mind that some oven run hotter than others – so you may want to check how accurate your oven is using this tool (or if you don’t know, you can periodically check back in on your “fries” to make sure they don’t burn).
- Make sure your fries are in a thin layer (and not touching, if possible). Fries that are stacked too deep, or are all touching, will steam instead of roast, causing your potatoes to be soft. If you need to, split them into two pans.
- Turn them once during baking. That way, your fries will be more evenly roasted. If you’re worried about your fries sticking to the pan, use parchment paper or line your baking sheet with foil that has been lightly sprayed with cooking spray.
Watch how to make our sweet potato fries:
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