These Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Za'atar are perfectly spiced and golden brown! You won’t be able to eat just one.
I consider myself very lucky that my boys love their fruits and veggies. However, there are a couple of vegetables that always cause them to turn up their noses - zucchini (unless it's tucked inside of muffins or meatballs, or served as baked fries) and sweet potatoes. The sweet potatoes are a "no go" on every level, even when we order sweet potato fries from our favorite burger joint.
I don't know what it was about these particular fries that prompted them to give sweet potato fries another chance. Though it probably had something to do with the fact that I was the one who made the fries, and they didn't want to hurt their dear ol' mum's feelings. Nothing like a little mother guilt to encourage adventurous eating.
"Huh, those are actually pretty good." I though they were just appeasing me until they both went back for second, then third helpings. It appears that we have some sweet potato fry lovers after all. Kudos to the sprinkling of za'atar for adding some irresistible flavor.
If you're not familiar with za'atar, it's a Middle Eastern spice mixture that typically includes thyme, sumac, sesame seeds, oregano, marjoram and salt. It's incredibly versatile and can be used in everything from hummus and dressings to meats and rice. If there is a Middle Eastern market near you, you can find za'atar there. If not, it is readily available on Amazon.
As for the fries, my three tricks are simple. First, blot off any excess moisture from the potatoes before tossing with the olive oil. Second, use parchment paper to stop the fries from sticking to the baking sheets. And third, use high heat and turn the fries every 10 minutes. The result? Tender, golden brown fries, just right for snacking.
Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Za'atar
- 2 pounds sweet potatoes peeled
- 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoons za'atar
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Cut potatoes lengthwise into slices that are ⅓-inch thick and then cut each slice into ⅓-inch thick strips. Dry the potatoes between two kitchen towels.
- In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, olive oil, za’atar and salt.
- Arrange the potatoes in a single layer potatoes on the two prepared baking sheets.
- Bake until the potatoes are golden brown, about 40 minutes, turning the potatoes every 10 minutes, and rotating the racks halfway through baking.
Other healthy sweet potato recipes:
Sweet Potato Hash with Creamy Avocado Sauce
Baked Sweet Potato Tuna Patties
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What dipping sauce do you have pictured?
I just made a quick yogurt sauce with garlic, salt, pepper and a little milk to thin it. Something like this version would work well: https://www.cookincanuck.com/2015/07/baked-zucchini-fries-with-pesto-yogurt-dipping-sauce-recipe/
Debra A Attinella
Oh my gosh - I'm in love with these fries!
Jen @ The Weary Chef
This is a must try! I love how easy it is to make! Plus, I love sweet potatoes! Yum!!
Sharon @ What The Fork
I have some za'atar in my cabinet, I'll have to try this the next time I make fries!
Michelle De La Cerda
These baked fries are oh so good! keeping the cooking with space between them makes all the differences.
Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious
Baked fries get me every single time! These look fantastic!