Before you object to this saying that oven baked fries are limp and overcooked . I had struggled with the soggy mess syndrome until I learned I a little trick. This is to lightly coat the fries with cornstarch .
As you can see above, the potatoes will reduce in size. However you result in a fry which much more resemblance of a traditional deep fried sweet potato fry. Once cooked I toss them in a spice mix to add a little heat.
To cut through the heat and just because, I served the fries with blue cheese dip. By using greek yogurt you get the creaminess of mayonnaise without the fat. I also use buttermilk which is similar creaminess as heavy cream plus a nice tangy flavor with no fat.
Crispy Oven Baked Spiced Sweet Potato Fries
3 large sweet potatoes cut until medium strips
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons olive oil
For Spice Mix
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
pinch of cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 425°F.
Slice the sweet potatoes. You can use a mandolin here or just by hand.
Place them in bag and sprinkle in the cornstarch.Shake the bag until covered. Place the cornstarch covered fries on a baking sheet.
Drizzle them with enough olive oil to cover them completely, but just lightly.
Spread them evenly on the baking sheet leaving enough space between them for air to circulate (otherwise you’ll have soggy fries)….it might take two baking sheets. Bake for 15-25 minutes until golden brown.
While potatoes bake, combine spices.
Once fries are done, toss with spice mix and serve.
Light Blue Cheese Dip/Dressing
1/3 cup nonfat greek yogurt
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese, (1 ounce)
Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until desired consistency ( I like it a little chunky).
*I actually worked out the calories in this and there are 38 calories per 2 tablespoons