Crispy Garlic Sweet Potato Fries

This is my (Sonia) first post for Fiesta Friday with the Novice Gardener.  Last week Candice partied with Orecchiette with Sausage and Kale.  Kicking off this fiesta, I’ve got a cure for soggy sweet potato fries!! Sweet potato fries and I have been frienenemies for quite some time now.  Every time I try to make them something goes wrong.  I’ve done everything from cut them really thin, cut them bigger, drench them in oil and for some reason I could never get them to the crispness of my liking.  They would either not crisp up and then all of a sudden burn or become instantly soggy when I pulled them out of the oven.  This all changed one cold, fateful February evening when I discovered the secret – something as simple as a wire rack changed my sweet potato fry relationship forever.  Trust me, you can have this kind of sweet potato love too.


Ingredients (note: I cut this recipe into 1/3 because I was making them for just myself)
3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into thin 1/2 inch thick strips
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 garlic cloves, minced
salt and pepper to taste (I like to use a good amount of salt)
1/2 cup parmesan
3 tablespoons dried parsley

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and place a wire rack on top. Spray rack with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

Heat butter in saucepan or microwave until melted. Add garlic to butter and stir.

Rinse sweet potatoes and pat dry with towel until completely dry. Place in large bowl and toss with garlic butter, olive oil, salt and pepper.

Spread sweet potatoes on wire rack in a single layer. Bake for 20 minutes, remove and toss again. Bake for another 15-20 minutes (may need another 5-10 after this).

Remove and let cool slightly. Cover in parmesan and herbs (either on wire rack or plate). Toss to coat and season again as desired.


As one of my favorite things in the world, I am VERY picky about sweet potato fries. I can honestly say these were definitely the best I have ever made and some of the best I’ve ever had.  Can’t wait to party with you again next Friday!



Source: How Sweet It Is (love this blog)

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29 Comments on Crispy Garlic Sweet Potato Fries

  1. thejodylinn
    February 7, 2014 at 4:05 pm (2 years ago)

    Definitely trying this. My quest continues!

  2. The Novice Gardener
    February 7, 2014 at 5:55 pm (2 years ago)

    The addition of Parmesan is brilliant, Sonia! My kids usually balk at the “orange” fries, only wanting the “yellow” ones. :-) But I think I may be able to change their minds with this. Who can refuse garlicky, cheesy goodness? Thanks for coming to the party. I hope you’re having fun!

    • everybodylovespretty
      February 7, 2014 at 6:13 pm (2 years ago)

      We sure are! Thank you for having us! We certainly look forward to more Fiestas!

  3. Homemade For Friends
    February 7, 2014 at 8:04 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow! These look incredible….what a great combination of flavors! Can’t wait to make these!
    ~ Melissa

  4. Andrea | Cooking with a Wallflower
    February 7, 2014 at 11:38 pm (2 years ago)

    I love this! I love sweet potato fries and garlic fries. This recipe is perfect because it combines both. I can’t wait to give this a try.

  5. Mr Fitz
    February 8, 2014 at 3:04 am (2 years ago)

    I reckon i may try these.. not a fan of sweet potatoes yet these have me very interested! Thanks!

  6. Melanie in IA
    February 8, 2014 at 4:59 am (2 years ago)

    I’d try this! Can you tell me why you rinsed the cut strips before coating them with butter and garlic?

  7. ohlidia
    February 8, 2014 at 12:33 pm (2 years ago)

    Hey there my party friend! It’s my first time too. And i just love sweet potato fries! I’m embarrassed to admit I’ve only ever made them from frozen… shame on me! I’ll have to give these a try.

    • everybodylovespretty
      February 8, 2014 at 7:26 pm (2 years ago)

      Yes you really will!! Let us know how they compare to the frozen ones!

  8. saucygander
    February 8, 2014 at 1:50 pm (2 years ago)

    Yum! Especially the addition of Parmesan at the end, I imagine that takes the fries to another level. 😀 This is my first Fiesta Friday too!

    • everybodylovespretty
      February 8, 2014 at 7:27 pm (2 years ago)

      Welcome to the fiesta!! Looking forward to seeing more posts!

  9. simplyvegetarian777
    February 8, 2014 at 2:01 pm (2 years ago)

    Totally enjoyed it Sonia. Good to meet you at Fiesta Friday :).

  10. indusinternationalkitchen
    February 8, 2014 at 4:58 pm (2 years ago)

    Sweet Potato fries are my absolute favorite!. Love the addition of garlic and parmesan. Will definitely try this sometime! :)

  11. Noony
    February 8, 2014 at 6:54 pm (2 years ago)

    These are pretty tricky in the oven. I am usually in a hurry and get very impatient with how long they take to cook. I will have to try them with a wire rack. Great recipe!

    February 9, 2014 at 2:51 pm (2 years ago)

    Adding Parmesan cheese always makes a recipe special, or any cheese for that matter :)

  13. Patty Nguyen
    February 9, 2014 at 3:48 pm (2 years ago)

    I love sweet potato fries and I’m going to have to try making yours! Yum!

  14. Ngan R.
    February 11, 2014 at 8:18 pm (2 years ago)

    These look perfectly made! Yum!


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