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These fries capture the elusive crispiness that can be so difficult to find in a baked dish. With a little patience and a clever solution, sweet potatoes are transformed into a heavenly snack that packs some heat. Kate, Recipe Hunter

Kate Edeker

THE RECIPE

Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Crispy and addictive, just waiting to be devoured

Laurie’s “sure bet” recipe is a godsend for anyone who’s ever tried to bake their fries and ended up with soggy potato strips. By soaking the sliced sweet potatoes before they are seasoned and baked, the fries lose some of their water-retaining starch and end up crispy and golden. The little kick comes from the spicy seasonings tossed in with the strips before they hit the oven. Of course, the amount of heat is up to you—playing with the ratio of cumin to chili powder to cayenne can give you a little zip or a gutsy fire. With a crunchy bite and addicting flavor, these fries are perfect with a burger, for a snack, or as a meal all on their own.

THE CHEF

Laurie McNamara

Recipe Developer, Food Blogger, Contributor

Laurie McNamara from Simply Scratch

I have always loved to cook and bake, and believe cooking from scratch shouldn't be hard. On my blog, I love to share easy and delicious recipes I've developed and/or discovered with step-by-step instructions. I try to focus on fresh ingredients with a simple and attainable approach so cooking can be fearless, fun and delicious!

Laurie is the recipe developer and blogger behind Simply Scratch. When we first learned about Laurie, we knew we’d be hooked just from the title of her blog! She proves that made-from-scratch, handmade food doesn’t have to be expensive, complicated, or time-consuming and yields infinitely better (and healthier) results than the pre-packaged stuff. We love how Laurie walks us through recipes with step-by-step instructions and photos so you can make sure you’re on track every step of the way while learning great techniques to make you a rockstar in the kitchen, something we can definitely get behind! So, leave the bad stuff at the store and get back to natural, from-scratch cooking with Laurie.

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THE TIP

The Secret to the Crispiest Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet potatoes contain more water than regular potatoes, making them hard to crisp in the oven. After some research, we found a surprisingly easy solution.

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