Sweet potatoes are usually the gorgeous deep orange color that has become synonymous with sweet, delicious flavor. Imagine my disappointment when I peeled this batch and found myself looking at pale yellow flesh that looked more like a ‘Yukon Gold’ than a sweet potato.
Turns out, not all sweet potatoes are orange inside. Some varieties, like those pictured here, have a light yellow or almost white color instead. Although they look more like typical white potatoes than their orange-fleshed siblings, they don’t taste anything like a traditional baking potato.
However, they aren’t identical to their orange counterparts, either. White sweet potatoes are a little less sweet and have more starch than “normal” sweet potatoes. Fortunately, they are absolutely wonderful when baked until crispy for these “fries.”
- 4 large sweet potatoes
- 2 T. olive oil
- 1 ½ t. smoked paprika
- 1 T. black Hawaiian salt
- Preheat oven to 375F
- Peel sweet potatoes and slice into equal-sized long rectangular pieces. Try to avoid leaving tapered ends as they will become too crisp while the thicker parts are still baking.
- Place potato slices on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper and drizzle with olive oil. Toss potatoes with your hands until thoroughly coated in oil. Arrange into a single layer without touching. Sprinkle with paprika and salt and put in oven.
- Bake for about 20 minutes, turning once, or until fries are crisp and golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.
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