Sweet Potato FriesThese sweet potato fries are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, just like white potato fries. That's because these sweet potato crispy fries are deep-fried in lard. That's right, lard. You think it's horrible for you. You would be wrong. Lard is actually a monounsaturated fat with some real health benefits.
You can, of course, fry these sweet potato fries in oil instead. If you do decide to use lard, make sure you get pure rendered lard with nothing else in it. Some lards are mixed with partially-hydrogenated vegetable oil, a trans fat, and you definitely don't want that!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
soaking time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes
Yield: 8 Servings Sweet Potato Fries
- 2 lbs. sweet potatoes
- pure rendered lard (not lard mixed with partially-hydrogenated oil) or canola oil, for frying
- 3-4 Tbsp. cornstarch
- kosher salt or sea salt, to taste
- Peel sweet potatoes and cut into french fry-style sticks. Place sweet potato fries in a large bowl of ice water for 20 minutes.
- Fill a deep fryer, heavy saucepan, or cast iron skillet with enough lard or oil to come to a depth of 3 inches. Heat to 350 degrees F. While the fat is heating, drain sweet potato fries and toss with cornstarch. Fry sweet potatoes in batches until golden and crispy. Drain sweet potato fries on paper towels or paper bags, and immediately toss with kosher salt.
Sweet Potato Fries Nutritional Profile with Lard (per serving): 154 calories; 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat); 6 mg cholesterol; 23 g carbohydrate; 3 g fiber; 2 g protein; 318% Vitamin A; 4% Vitamin C
Sweet Potato Fries Nutritional Profile with Canola Oil (per serving: 158 calories; 7 g fat (1 g saturated fat); 0 mg cholesterol; 23 g carbohydrate; 3 g fiber 2 g protein; 318% Vitamin A; 4% Vitamin C
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