Part of my Paleo regime is to have sweet potato fries once a week. My first few attempts at making them were sad indeed. How can something be both soggy AND burnt at the same time?! I’m also someone that doesn’t take kitchen failure well. I get downright grumpy and have a cloud over my head for at least an hour afterward. However, I always get back on the horse and try again… which is why I did sweet potato fry RESEARCH. Oh yes I did.
So obviously, you can have THE BEST EVER sweet potato fries if you deep fry them. No sh*t Sherlock, but that is most definitely NOT Paleo! I did find that if you are going to bake excellent sweet potato fries in the oven, you must follow these rules:
1. The fries must be hand cut to a similar size
2. The fries must be placed on a pan and not touch each other
3. The fries must be turned every 10 minutes until the desired crispness is reached
I much prefer to zip mine through the fry-cutter in my food processor. After tossing them in some oil and seasoning, I used the “dump and spread” method before putting them in the oven. This is GUARANTEED to yield soggy, gross sweet potato fries that will be enjoyed tremendously by your compost.
So one evening I used my newly-researched method, and low and behold, EXCELLENT sweet potato fries:
I think that Jeni said it best: “That is more work than looking after an infant!”
During the same Twitter conversation, I mentioned that I had been looking at the T-Fal Actifry for years, and linked to one that happened to be on sale at Canadian Tire. It was the best price I’d seen, so I snuck out the next morning (with budget money NOT intended for this purchase) and bought one.
After my daughter got home from Karate that day, I made her fries out of white potatoes. They were a huge hit, but required more work than I’d like – even in the Actifry. I used my food processor to cut them, but they must be rinsed in cool water until it runs clear, and then dried before you toss them in oil. If you skip the drying step, they won’t brown. I found that to be MUCH work. Glad that I rarely eat white potatoes!
The sweet potatoes were a whole different ball game. NO rinsing required. To get excellent sweet potato fries in the Actifry, you can:
1. Zip the sweet potatoes through the fry-cutter in your food processor
2. Toss them in oil and seasoning
3. Dump in Actifry
4. Turn on and set timer for 20 to 30 minutes
No rinsing and drying required! It made sweet potato fries that look like this:
My teen daughter, who has expressed an extreme dislike for even restaurant sweet potato fries in the past, now asks for them. They are THAT good. She even eats them without the garlic-mayo-paprika dip that my hubs and I enjoy.
Also, if you’ve never tried roasted cauliflower, then WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? It’s friggin delicious. It’s good enough to eat instead of popcorn while watching a movie. We tried roasted cauliflower in the Actifry too. AMAZING!
If you make it with even smaller pieces of cauliflower, it’s even more popcorn-like. We also tried brussel sprouts. They were blackened by the time they were done, but also very tasty!
The other thing I LOVE about the Actifry? I don’t have to turn on my oven! Much more energy-efficient, and doesn’t heat up the kitchen.
The Actifry comes with lots of other recipes I have yet to try. So far? Totally worth the money I would have spent at Starbucks over the next month or so. If I ever went there.