Healthy snack alternative: sweet potato fries

Healthy snack alternative: sweet potato fries

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Need to kick your guilty pleasure? Now say hello to a do-it-yourself healthy pleasure — sweet potato fries. According to aloha.com "A large sweet potato contains 100% of your recommended daily intake of Vitamin A. They are both low-fat and lower calorie than white potatoes." Here is Buzzfeed Tasty's sweet potato fries recipe that is fun and easy all together. Ingredients and Directions below:

Ingredients:

2 large sweet potatoes

Water (for soaking)

2 Tbsp. corn starch

1 Tbsp. olive oil (or vegetable oil)

1/2 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp brown sugar

Salt (to taste)

Shredded parmesan (optional)

Chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Directions:

Rinse and peel sweet potatoes. To cut into fries, cut a small sliver off the edge of the potatoes lengthwise to create a flat side for them to rest on. Turn the potato over to lay on its flat side. Then cut lengthwise into 4-5 long slices (or 1/4-3/8 inch slices). Cut each slice lengthwise into 3-4 fries (1/4-3/8 inch).

Place the fries in a bowl of water and soak for 1 hour. (This helps remove excess starch from the potatoes so your fries will be crispier.)

Preheat the oven to 425°F / 220°C.

Rinse and dry off. In a large bowl or gallon bag, toss the fries with cornstarch until they're evenly coated. Then add the oil and toss to coat. Add the pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and brown sugar and toss to evenly distribute your spices. (Hold off on adding the salt until after baking. This will help make sure the fries are crispy.)

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Lay out the french fries, being sure not to overcrowd the pan. (You may need two pans, depending on how large your pans are. Avoid overcrowding one pan or your fries may not crisp up.)

Bake for 15 minutes. Flip fries with tongs, then bake for an additional 10-15 minutes.

Sprinkle on salt (to taste) and serve! Add shredded parmesan and chopped parsley for an optional garnish. Enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce!