Parmesan Baked Sweet Potato Fries

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Baked Parmesan Sweet Potato Fries -- easy to make, healthier than the fried version, and super tasty | gimmesomeoven.comThis is a sponsored post in partnership with Morningstar Farms.

Mmmm, you’re lookin’ at one of my all-time favorite indulgences, right there.

LOVE me some sweet potato fries!

I like to think of them as the American (or should I say, French?) equivalent of my beloved Mexican chips and salsa obsession.  Why?  Well they regularly steal the show from whatever main dish may be gracing my plate.  They are the perfect salty and crispy treat, especially paired with a nice cool beverage.  And I could easily make a meal just with them if given the opportunity.  (Which I’ve, um, “never” done before…)

Actually, the last meal I made with these sweet potato fries ended up being a wildly delicious, healthier, vegetarian success.  I was randomly craving a burger and fries.  But being that I don’t really eat hamburger and wasn’t feeling like a batch of greasy restaurant-style white fries, I decided to whip up a simple alternative at home.  I tossed one of my favorite black bean burgers in a sizzling skillet, cut up some sweet potatoes to bake up and tossed them with extra Parm and parsley afterwards, and then cracked open a cold IPA from a brewery just down the street.  And it may have actually been one of my favorite burgers and fries night…ever.

Because once again, the sweet potato fries stole the show.  :)

Baked Parmesan Sweet Potato Fries -- easy to make, healthier than the fried version, and super tasty | gimmesomeoven.com

I mean, just look at ’em!

Delicious salty and sweet fries, topped with oodles of fresh Parmesan and a little parsley, and baked up to crispy vibrant perfection?  I’ll vote for those over “regular” fries any day.  Plus, with all of the vitamins and nutrients packed into sweet potatoes, you can feel genuinely good about eating them!

Same goes for that beautiful black bean burger there.  I blogged this spring about taking the Veg of Allegiance with Morningstar Farms to try and eat at least one more vegetarian meal a week, and I’m still going strong and loving it!  Their veggie burgers have always had a spot in my freezer for the days when I need a quick and healthier meal.  And for years and years, their classic Spicy Black Bean Veggie Burger has always been a fav, especially when topped with some cheese, avocado and red onions and popped on a whole wheat bun.  My kind of burger.  :)

Baked Parmesan Sweet Potato Fries -- easy to make, healthier than the fried version, and super tasty | gimmesomeoven.com

But back to these fries…here’s how to make ’em!

Begin with some fresh sweet potatoes.  You can either peel them or leave the skin on — your choice.  But the key is how they are chopped.  In order for baked fries to cook evenly, they definitely need to be the same size and thickness.  I find that about 1/4-inch thick makes for the perfect balance of crispy-on-the-outside and soft-on-the-inside with these fries, but feel free to experiment.

Then toss them in some vegetable oil (or any high-heat oil), along with some salt and pepper and garlic powder.  And if you want to give them a little heat, feel free to toss in a few pinches of cayenne.  Then spread them out in an even single layer on a baking sheet, and roast them up to crispy perfection, turning them once or twice during baking so that they cook evenly.

Baked Parmesan Sweet Potato Fries -- easy to make, healthier than the fried version, and super tasty | gimmesomeoven.com

After baking, toss them immediately with some freshly-grated Parmesan and parsley while they are still hot, as well as a little extra salt and pepper if needed.

Baked Parmesan Sweet Potato Fries -- easy to make, healthier than the fried version, and super tasty | gimmesomeoven.com

Then serve them with ketchup or whatever dipping sauce sounds good…Baked Parmesan Sweet Potato Fries -- easy to make, healthier than the fried version, and super tasty | gimmesomeoven.com

…and this delicious and healthier side is ready to go.

Baked Parmesan Sweet Potato Fries -- easy to make, healthier than the fried version, and super tasty | gimmesomeoven.com

Definitely the perfect meal for a Meatless Monday, or any day that you’re looking for a healthier alternative to traditional burger and fries.  Enjoy!

Parmesan Baked Sweet Potato Fries

These Parmesan Baked Sweet Potato Fries are quick and easy to prepare, made healthier in the oven, and irresistibly good!

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes (about 2 medium-sized sweet potatoes), peeled if desired
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil (or any high-heat oil)
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne
  • 1/2 cup freshly-grated Parmesan cheese
  • (optional) 1/4 cup finely-chopped fresh parsley

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Carefully cut the potatoes into 1/4" thin matchsticks, or to your desired thickness and length.  Place potatoes a large bowl, and toss with the oil, salt, garlic powder, pepper and cayenne until the potatoes are evenly coated.  Spread out the potatoes out in a single layer on a parchment-covered baking sheet.  (If your baking sheet is small, you may need to use two.)

Cook for 15-20 minutes, flipping the fries once or twice during that time so that they cook evenly.  (Cooking times will vary based on the size and thickness of your fries.) Remove once the edges slightly begin to brown and fries begin to crisp.  Immediately sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and parsley, and toss briefly to combine.  Serve warm.

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  1. Sam @ SugarSpunRun — June 24, 2015 @ 10:05 am (#)

    I love sweet potato fries, I’ve never made them with parmesan.  These sound (and look) awesome!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 28th, 2015 @ 8:51 pm

      Thank you, Sam, we hope you enjoy these!

  2. Josh | The Kentucky Gent — June 24, 2015 @ 12:16 pm (#)

    Literally let out an audible OMG when I saw this one. One of my favorite fries are of garlic parm variety, and I never thought about doing this with sweet potatoes until now. 

    Thank you!

    Josh | The Kentucky Gent
    http://thekentuckygent.com

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 28th, 2015 @ 8:45 pm

      Awesome, ours too! : D

  3. Natalie @ The Ravenous Mommy — June 24, 2015 @ 1:34 pm (#)

    YUM!  Why have I never done this before? hehe

  4. Beatriz tovar — June 24, 2015 @ 7:23 pm (#)

    Me gustan mucho tus recetas, son muy nutritivas y fácil de preparar, te felicito 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 28th, 2015 @ 8:37 pm

      Gracias, Beatriz!

  5. Amanda — June 24, 2015 @ 9:52 pm (#)

    These look yummy!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 28th, 2015 @ 8:43 pm

      Thanks, Amanda, we hope you like them!

  6. Medeja — June 25, 2015 @ 3:39 am (#)

    I love sweet potatoes! Especially baked… :) yummy!

  7. Leah @ Grain Changer — June 25, 2015 @ 7:47 am (#)

    Homemade sweet potato fries are simply the BEST and I’m absolutely loving this parmesan version! Might just have to be a burger and fries night for us tonight :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 28th, 2015 @ 8:23 pm

      Thanks, Leah! We hope you enjoy these! : )

  8. Abby — June 25, 2015 @ 8:39 am (#)

    I am so excited about this recipe. I have been looking for new ways to dress up our baked sweet potato fries and this is perfect. thank you!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 28th, 2015 @ 8:22 pm

      Thanks, Abby, we hope you enjoy these!

  9. Mimi Ho — June 25, 2015 @ 1:13 pm (#)

    These looked so good! I can’t wait to try making them myself.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 25th, 2015 @ 10:27 pm

      Thank you, Mimi, we hope you like them!

  10. Anna — June 26, 2015 @ 5:26 am (#)

    sweet potato fries are one of my favorite things ever!! Yumm

  11. Dorcas Wood — June 26, 2015 @ 7:39 pm (#)

    I have a handful of sweet potatoes staring at me right now that are begging me to transform them into these delicious fries. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 28th, 2015 @ 7:23 pm

      You’re so welcome, we hope you enjoy these!

  12. Sarah | Well and Full — July 1, 2015 @ 2:15 pm (#)

    These look AMAZING, Ali!! I bet these would taste fantastic dipped in fresh guacamole. Making ASAP

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 2nd, 2015 @ 8:34 am

      Thank you, and oh my gosh, what a fantastic idea, we hadn’t thought of that! YUM!

  13. Atanos — July 3, 2015 @ 5:18 pm (#)

    How would I flip them while they are hot in the oven?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 6th, 2015 @ 11:34 am

      You just use potholders and a spatula, and toss them in between baking. We hope you enjoy!

  14. Sherri — July 6, 2015 @ 9:09 pm (#)

    I made these tonight but they didn’t get crispy. Followed directions and cooked them longer than 20 minutes. They tasted great though.

    • Ali — July 6th, 2015 @ 10:31 pm

      Hmmm, different ovens sometimes crisp up fries differently. If you try them again, feel free to crank up the heat another 25-50 degrees (keeping a close eye on them, because they will cook faster). Or you might also toss them in a little more oil. Best wishes!

  15. Nicole — December 7, 2015 @ 8:24 pm (#)

    made these tonight-SO delish! They did not crisp up as much as I’d hoped in the time I gave them (20 min), so I just turned the broiler on HI & watched em like a hawk & tossed in between, they turned out great! Next time I’ll take your advice & toss em in a little more oil & cook em a little longer (I had everything else done and didn’t want it all to get cold). Thanks so much for this recipe!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 8th, 2015 @ 10:53 am

      Thanks for giving these a try Nicole, we’re glad you enjoyed them!

  16. Trista — September 19, 2016 @ 9:53 am (#)

    These look wonderful! Any tips for slicing the sweet potatoes without cutting your fingers off? Haha, the only reason I haven’t tried these is because they’re so hard to cut! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 19th, 2016 @ 1:18 pm

      Hi Trista! Just make sure you’re using a good, sharp knife, and protect your fingers by making a claw while you slice. We hope you enjoy these!