Fries and children are like best buddies. Seriously, do you know of any child who does not enjoy fries?
Our younger twin often gets random cravings for these..and yes, when I fail to provide them there is a tantrum that inevitably follows…
But how good are the deep fried fries that you get at fast food outlets or frozen sections at the super markets? With the plethora of shared articles and ‘facts’ on social media and the like..the more I read about their ill -effects, the more it frightens me.
So..for the sake of my own sanity, I decided to make my own fries. Not deep-fried but oven baked. Not just potatoes but sweet potatoes! And I tell you these were so good!!! Not to mention how healthy it is as opposed to the traditional potato fries.
I initially made a small batch to start with (just 2 potatoes), and those got wiped off in a jiff so i had to make another batch immediately after. For the second batch, the kids were also very eager to help with the baking (now that they had tasted the outcome so theyr couldn’t just sit idly anymore). This is an incredibly easy recipe to involve kids in cooking as the only two main tasks were cutting the potatoes and preparing the oven.
This is probably the easiest finger food you can introduce to your toddler and even indulge in these yourself, guilt-free!
• 2 sweet potatoes
• ½ tsp salt
• 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• 1 tsp dried rosemary (optional)
• sprinkle of parmesan (optional)
• ¼ tsp paprika (optional)
1. Thoroughly wash the potatoes.
2. Cut the potatoes into thick wedges or thin matchstick size as per your liking. (I did not peel my potatoes, but you can if you want to)
3. Preheat oven to 450degrees.
4. Put the cut potatoes in a container with lid (I used Tupperware)
5. Add all the seasoning to the potatoes – salt, oil, rosemary and paprika. Shake the container well (Here is when there is a lot of giggling in the kitchen..my kids take turn to shake shake shake!!)
6. Lay a baking sheet on the baking tray. Spray the sheet with oil.
7. Spread out the potatoes onto the baking tray.
8. Set to bake in the oven for a total of 35-40 minutes but switching the potato sides at-least once half way. When switching side, spray more oil if you find potatoes too dry.
9. Sprinkle some parmesan over the top, right before serving.