Baked sweet potato fries

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Pressping sweet potatoes Sweet potatoes are not very well known in Germany. I remember my first American Thanksgiving, eating a sweet and heavily marsh-mellowed sweet potato puree. My skilled tongue could still identify, underneath all that sugary stuff, the true flavor of the sweet potato. That something-something between potato and carrot, I thought, is one worthy of a more prominent role. A one-man show, even. This recipe brings us back to the true flavor of the sweet potato, a simple and healthy celebration that I love: Roasted Sweet Potato Fries. It’s become the perfect partner for a popular oops-I-forgot-to-plan-dinner dish in my house, pan-roasted chicken thighs. Add a fresh green salad and we are in weeknight dinner heaven.

Baked sweet potato fries
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Enjoy this healthy and easy preparation as part of a standard weeknight dinner. Baked at a high temperature, these fries come out of the oven just the way I like them: crunchy on the outside, soft and creamy on the inside.
  • 1 sweet potato per person, peeled
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. The high temperature is the key here. If not, the potatoes will cook on the inside before they brown on the outside, and the fries will turn out soggy.
  2. Cut the sweet potatoes into fries (a precision slicer like me doesn't use a french fry cutter, but you can)
  3. In a bowl coat the fries with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil. Even coating is important, as it will help the fries brown more evenly
  4. Season with salt and pepper
  5. Aim for 30 min in the oven. The fries will be done when you like the browning you see on them.

Pan-roasted chicken thighs with sweet potato fries

Pan-roasted chicken thighs and sweet potato fries

Pan-roasted chicken thighs with sweet potato fries


Help yourself to this healthy and tasty weeknight dinner:  my pan-roasted chicken thighs and sweet potato fries. They are easy to prepare and won’t burden your food budget unduly. A great meal in 30 minutes.

Pan-roast the skin side of your chicken thighs until they have a nice golden brown color. Then shove the pan and its contents into a 320 degree oven and cook until done, about 30 min.

While the chicken’s roasting, slice up the sweet potatoes, add a hint of olive oil, salt and pepper. In their own pan, they join the chicken in the oven, but on the bottom rack. Once the thighs are done, engage the broiler, move the fries to upper rack and finish them off, creating a yummy crust. You can find more details on how to make these wonderful sweet potato fries here. Boom!—you’re done.