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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  1. The Novice Gardener says:

    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!

  2. ohlidia says:

    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.

  3. Noony says:

    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!

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