Sweet Potatoe fries...

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    Jan 16, 2009 4:07 PM GMT
    What do you guys think? Would they be good for you? I saw them in Walmart I think, frozen. Sweet Potatoe fries and you just heat em up...

    think theyd be any better than regular fries? nutritionally i mean?
  • txsin

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    Jan 16, 2009 5:22 PM GMT
    Don't know about fries but sweet potatoe ice cream is where it's at. I was in Okinawa and they had a flavor they call Beni-Imo (not sure if that's the correct spelling) it was the best.
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    Jan 16, 2009 5:30 PM GMT
    Love them! But I would make them from scratch. I'm sure they're healthier that way, and pretty easy.
  • NYCguy74

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    Jan 16, 2009 5:31 PM GMT
    Sweet potatoes are generally better for you than the white kind. but i would read the label on the fries, to see how much crap they've added to the plain potato_.

    probably better off taking a whole sweet potato, and baking it yourself, throwing some cinnamon, a little brown sugar on it, and a touch of smart balance butter. although not quite as quick and easy.

    or make your own fries.
    1 - 1 1/2 lb sweet potatoes
    1/4 cup olive oil
    1/2 tsp kosher salt
    1/2 tsp paprika
    1/4 tsp cinnamon

    Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil (preferably the easy release kind).

    Peal the sweet potatoes. Cut into strips that are about 1/2 inch wide on each side.

    Place the sweet potatoes into a sealable plastic bag. Add oil, salt, paprika and cinnamon. Seal the bag and shake well to thoroughly coat the fries. Spread the potatoes out onto the baking sheet in a single layer.

    Cook for 30 minutes, turning every 10 minutes. Transfer immediately to a paper towel lined plate and serve warm.

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    Jan 16, 2009 5:33 PM GMT
    Ive been eating them for years. They are great...try em
  • shoelessj

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    Jan 16, 2009 5:34 PM GMT
    i love the sweet potato fry! the salad place at my work building has them and sometimes i get a salad and a side of sweet potato fries, which i know defeats the purpose of the salad, but they're very tasty!
  • EricLA

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    Jan 16, 2009 5:50 PM GMT
    I lived with friends when I first moved back to LA from NYC and with a finicky 6 year old, they generally cut up a Yam or Sweet Potato, put some salt and spices on, dribbled some olive oil on them, then threw them into the toaster oven. They are good, simple, and healthier than a lot of options. I don't see why you even need to buy a package, save your money and do it yourself.
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    Jan 16, 2009 6:25 PM GMT
    they're amazingly good and so are sweet potato chips- but probably not at all good 4 u
  • Timbales

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    Jan 16, 2009 6:29 PM GMT
    I roast sweet potatoes in the oven at 400 for about 40 minutes, cut into chunks and tossed with olive oil and seasoning.

  • Jan 16, 2009 6:29 PM GMT
    Czar is right!

    Plus buying a vegtable that you can easily buy @ Whole Foods, wash, cut into wedges and season yourself is a lot better. Get creative & use EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) always.

    Stay away from the freezer ailes as much as possible!!!
  • GoodPup

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    Jan 17, 2009 1:43 AM GMT
    I've made them for the guys at the fire station... but have baked them with a little oil. They take a lot longer than regular potatoes though.
    Also have cubed them up and baked them for breakfast potatoes too.
    I really like it. One of the guys loves it lightly sprinkled with butter, cinnamon and sugar.
  • fitone

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    Jan 17, 2009 1:55 AM GMT
    stay away from fried and from walmart. they are part of the evil empire; roast the sweet potato spears in the oven!
  • 11city

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    Jan 17, 2009 1:56 AM GMT
    I love sweet potato fries! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 17, 2009 1:56 AM GMT
    they are waaaay better tasting (:
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    Jan 17, 2009 1:58 AM GMT
    They're about as good for you as regular potatoes, but with beta carotene.

    They are amazing when done right though.
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    Jan 17, 2009 2:17 AM GMT
    [quote][cite]Timberoo said[/cite]I roast sweet potatoes in the oven at 400 for about 40 minutes, cut into chunks and tossed with olive oil and seasoning. [/quote

    Timberoo is right. I use Pam Olive Oil cooking spray real lite - salt and pepper - bake them in the oven. They are great
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    Jan 17, 2009 2:20 AM GMT
    Simple- Baked not fried.
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    Jun 01, 2009 1:15 AM GMT
    I make my sweet potato fries from scratch.

    Peel the potatoes, and slice them up into fries. Place them in a roasting pan in a single layer (have the oven preheated to 450F), drizzle a small amount of extra virgin olive oil on them (so you're not deep frying them!) and sprinkle on chilli powder, and freshly ground black pepper.

    Since I've cut salt out of my diet, I use a soya sauce from Braggs, it only has Soya Bean and Water in it. There is a sodium content (but I'm pretty sure it's from the bean - there's apparently no additives. Just a squirt or two from the bottle.

    Toss them in the roasting pan, and throw them in the oven. They take about 40 minutes, 20 minutes each side.

    Bon Apetite.




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    Jun 01, 2009 1:17 AM GMT
    EricLA saidthey generally cut up a Yam or Sweet Potato, put some salt and spices on, dribbled some olive oil on them, then threw them into the toaster oven. .

    NEVER YAMS. Yams are disgustingly bad for you compared to Sweet Potatoes.
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    Jun 01, 2009 1:18 AM GMT
    .. And fried in rendered Duck Fat.. Thank You Baby Jesus icon_biggrin.gif
  • GoodPup

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    Jun 01, 2009 3:20 AM GMT
    Typically, in America.... you are eating Sweet Potatoes and not yams. Even if they are labeled yans. Actual yams are more of an european thing from what I understand and very different.
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    Jun 01, 2009 3:28 AM GMT
    I used to have a vine with a kind of yam on it, they were very bitter
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yam_(vegetable)
    Now thats a yam! icon_eek.gif
    Kiekie_yams.jpg

    But that is another story .. I love sweet potatoes almost any way you cook them .. baked, fried, souffle, soup .. icon_biggrin.gif and yes they are very nutritious!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_potato
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_potato#Nutrition_and_health_benefitsBesides simple starches, sweet potatoes are rich in complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber, beta carotene (a vitamin A equivalent nutrient), vitamin C, and vitamin B6.

    In 1992, the Center for Science in the Public Interest compared the nutritional value of sweet potatoes to other vegetables. Considering fiber content, complex carbohydrates, protein, vitamins A and C, iron, and calcium, the sweet potato ranked highest in nutritional value. According to these criteria, sweet potatoes earned 184 points, 100 points over the next on the list, the common potato.(NCSPC)

    Sweet potato varieties with dark orange flesh have more beta carotene than those with light colored flesh and their increased cultivation is being encouraged in Africa where Vitamin A deficiency is a serious health problem. Despite the name "sweet", it may be a beneficial food for diabetics, as preliminary studies on animals have revealed that it helps to stabilize blood sugar levels and to lower insulin resistance.[9] Some Americans, including television personality Oprah Winfrey, are advocating increased consumption of sweet potatoes both for their health benefits and because of their importance in traditional Southern cuisine.
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    Jun 01, 2009 11:23 AM GMT
    LOL, Andy, those are what we call Ube. Purple yam, and NO you are not supposed to fry them outright. ROFLMAO! They aren't the same as normal yams.

    You boil it (you can add sugar during, or after) then mash it until it has the consistency of thick paste. Then add condensed milk, or whatever you fancy. It has it's own unique taste and smell that reminds filipinos of home. It's also my mom's favorite flavoring for anything from ice cream to cakes. But you never ever treat it like it's a potato. LOL! In it's natural state it has this thick sticky mucus-like juice that's very unappetizing, and yep it's bitter when unseasoned.

    We grew up with those growing in our backyard in addition to Camote (Sweet Potatoes), so I'm quite sick of both of them. Dad used to fry them into chips and coat them with caramel. One of his favorite snacks in addition to fried plantains. They taste alright, but the sweetness gets to you sooner or later. I prefer potato fries really.

    Be warned that both yam and sweet potatoes are almost wholly carbohydrates with very little protein. And with fried sweet potato chips, the fat content is almost half of the carbohydrate content.

    BTW, pinny why are yams bad for you? icon_confused.gif

    Also a little known fact: The young leaves of sweet potatoes (The ones which are still folded up and a bit purplish) can be eaten in a salad dipped in vinegar, onions, and tomatoes. My eldest sister loves them.
  • rnch

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    Jun 01, 2009 12:22 PM GMT
    yummmmmmmm! icon_surprised.gif
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    Jun 01, 2009 12:37 PM GMT
    Tried them for the first time about a month ago at a fastfood joint called Fresh-Go,and they were excellant.i will definatly try the recipes you guys posted ,thanks