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Kitchen scoop: Sweet potato fries simple and flavorful

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  • Baked Sweet Potato "Fries" are so simple and delicious you'll never believe they're good for you, too.

    Baked Sweet Potato "Fries" are so simple and delicious you'll never believe they're good for you, too.
    Alicia Ross/Kitchen Scoop


Sweet potato fries are all the rage. And they are incredibly easy to make from scratch at home. A high temperature and simple seasoning are all it takes to make these delicious "fries" healthy, because they aren't fried.

Some like them crispy; some like them soft. The secret to both is the temperature, which is easy to control. I've even been known to take out a serving or two for the "softies," and then crank the oven up to 500 degrees the last five minutes or so for the "crispies."

Apply seasoning after roasting. Try Chinese five-spice; or cumin and chili powder; or even a sweet treat with cinnamon and sugar and a touch of nutmeg. All these variations are delicious and incredibly easy. But my favorite seasoning remains a generous sprinkling of coarse sea salt and a dose of coarse ground black pepper. No ketchup or dipping sauce is necessary when the flavor of the potato is so rich and intense.

You can double or triple the recipe as needed, just take care to keep the "fries" in a single layer to ensure they roast evenly. It's hard to believe something this amazing is so good for you!

Alicia Ross is the co-author of "Desperation Dinners!" cookbook series. Write her at Kitchen Scoop, c/o Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106, or More

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