I am ready for fall.
I know lots of people love summertime, but it’s really not my favorite. Sure, summer is great when you are in high school and get a solid 3 months off to sleep in, goof off, and hit the beach. Even though summer is sometimes a little less busy for me, I am slowly losing my ability to sleep in now that I’ve gotten older (saddest fact of my life right now), I still have to work, and the closest body of water is a real sketchy artificial lake outside our mall.
Summer is slowly losing its fun, and I am becoming a ball of sweat. The heat here is getting real ridiculous. Oh the heat! I cannot take this constant sweating. Throughout the night I even wake up sweating a little bit. I go to work, and I sweat. I come home, quickly strip off my work clothes, change into shorts and a t-shirt, and sweat. I make dinner and sweat. And then I shower. And then I go to bed, and get ready to sweat. Basically, I sweat a lot this summer, and I am ready for it to stop.
So I am ready for fall. Bring on the cool weather, sweaters & scarves, and most importantly the fall food. Apples, sweet potatoes, winter squash, and cranberries come on down! So while I am outside doing a dance to the fall Gods to bring on cooler temperatures, you all can start taking advantage of fall produce with these fried sweet potato fries.
I know people often eat sweet potatoes as a healthy alternative to normal potatoes and thus prefer baking then rather than frying them, but let’s face it: baking is not the same as frying. Nothing can rival the crispiness of something being deep fried- sweet potatoes included. Sweet potatoes are a little tough to fry- they just don’t want to crisp up as much as other food. I have eaten a lot of sub-par sweet potato fries, but I have found a good recipe for crispy sweet potato fries.
And if you want to bake, check out my method for baking sweet potato fries here.
FRIED SWEET POTATO FRIES
Slightly Adapted from Jeff Mauro
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup cornstarch
3/4 cup club soda
Oil, for frying
Heat oil to 375°F. Cut sweet potatoes into 1/2-1/4 inch sticks.
In a small bowl, mix together kosher salt, sugar, smoked paprika, and garlic powder together. In a large bowl whisk the cornstarch and club soda together. Dip sweet potato pieces into cornstarch batter. Let excess drip on and let sweet potatoes drain on a wire rack.
Working in batches, fry the sweet potatoes for 6-8 minutes. Stir constantly while frying, or the sweet potatoes will stick together. Drain on paper towel. Season with salt mixture. Eat while warm.
If needed, keep sweet potato fries warm in an oven preheated to 200°F.