Root Veggies Are in Season—and You Need to Try These Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Updated 12/15/17

For a sweet-and-savory side dish that complements any meal without dismantling a healthy plate, opt for baked sweet potato fries. These orange bite-size creations are healthier than your average French fries because sweet potatoes are full of vitamins and minerals. They won't overload you with calories and baking them in the oven is a huge step up from the fryer. If you're game to re-create this salty and sweet side at home, all you need is an oven, the right seasonings, and the perfect dipping sauce.

From Cajun fries with garlic cheese sauce to curry fries and miso gravy on the side, look no further than these recipes to make the most delicious baked sweet potato fries.

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Half Baked Harvest

For a healthier side of fries, bake these skinny tandoori butter sweet potato fries with creamy baked harissa feta. Simply season sliced sweet potatoes with Parmesan cheese, garlic, brown sugar, and some spices before popping a baking sheet full of the mixture in the oven. While the fries are baking, make a flavorful dip with feta, cream cheese, Greek yogurt, and harissa (a hot chili pepper paste). Once the fries are baked to perfection, sprinkle on some salt and cilantro, and dip away.

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Foodie Crush

Instead of thin-cut fries, bake these maple-buttered sweet potato wedges. They look a bit more like a traditional side dish as opposed to crispy, curly fries, but they're just as savory and sweet. Bake the wedges, and season with a buttery, spicy, maple syrup mixture. You'll know the wedges have cooked long enough when they just begin to brown. 

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Minimalist Baker

Because nothing goes better with sweet than salty, you'll want to try this recipe for Cajun baked sweet potato fries. Prepare a Cajun spice mix from pantry staples like salt, pepper, paprika, cayenne, garlic powder, oregano, and thyme. Toss the mix onto thinly sliced sweet potatoes with a bit of olive oil, and they're ready to bake. This recipe seriously only calls for five minutes of prep—making these crunchy snacks couldn't be easier.

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The First Mess

This is no ordinary side dish. Whip up a batch of these curry garlic sweet potato fries with miso gravy and call it a meal. Start by topping your cut potatoes with some light seasoning and curry powder before putting them in the oven to bake. Next, mix up a miso gravy made with a base of vegetable stock, miso, and some spices. Once the fries are cooked, top with gravy, black beans, and green onions for a flavor-packed dish perfect for spicing up any weeknight dinner. 

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Half Baked Harvest

Next time the mood to snack strikes, make a pan of these skinny Cajun sweet potato fries with garlic cheese sauce (are you drooling yet?). Season the fries, and toss with olive oil and flour before preparing the garlic cheese sauce. All you'll need to make this sauce that's perfect for dipping or drizzling is olive oil, garlic, milk, and cheese. It's the little something extra that makes this side (or main) taste so delicious.

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