Food & Drink

September 11, 2013

Bonnie Aeschliman: Save on calories with oven-roasted sweet potato fries

Sweet potato fries are popping up on many restaurant menus as an option instead of traditional French fries.

Sweet potato fries are popping up on many restaurant menus as an option instead of traditional French fries.

Many are opting for sweet potato fries as they pack more nutrients than the traditional fries. But let’s face it – when they are deep fried, they still pack a wallop of fat calories. Today’s question addresses one reader’s concern.

Q. I love French fries and recently have switched to French fried sweet potatoes as I know they are more healthy. I really like them. But I am trying to get away from fried food. Do you have any method for making them with less fat?

A. Recently I taught a cooking class and made oven-roasted sweet potato fries, and they were a big hit. Although I served them with a Hatch Chile Crema, you could also serve them with any dipping sauce of your choice. My method uses a few panko crumbs for added crunch and Parmesan cheese for additional flavor.

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