Sweet Potato Fries with Dill Dip

Sweet Potato Fries with Dill Dip

Sweet potato fries!! You guys, I’ve always loved them but I’ve never really been able to get them right – until NOW. They always turned out a bit limp or BURNT (ask my previous roommate, it actually became a running joke)!

Sweet potato fries from a restaurant are always perfect – duh – they’re deep fried!! Although I do have a deep fryer, it’s not a healthy option for dinner nor is it an easy one! Have you ever cleaned up after using a deep fryer!?

So, I’m happy to say I’ve finally discovered the trick to actually havingΒ crispyΒ BAKED sweet potato fries!! I’m addicted. A couple of important points:

  • The fries have to be cut in nearly identical sizes in order to bake evenly
  • Single layer!!! I used to be guilty of throwing the fries onto the baking sheet haphazardly on top of each other – they will NOT crisp up that way
  • Corn starch! It seems strange, but it really does help crisp them up.
  • Roasting. If your oven has a roast setting vs a bake setting, use it!! It makes a huge difference!

Sweet Potato Fries with Dill Dip

Now we have to discuss the dill dip. If you live in Canada, there’s a good chance you’ve been to an Original Joe’s. It’s a pub/restaurant chain here with great food!! One of my all-time favourite items on their menu is their sweet potato fries with dill dip. The dip is SO good!! Their fries are obviously deep-fried, but I think I’ve recreated the experience, sans fryer.

This dip is ADDICTIVE. Chances are, you already have everything you need to make it in your kitchen. Totally simple ingredients! It’s creamy, thick and slightly tangy with a hint of dill. The dip compliments the crispy sweet potato fries soooo well.

When you’re ready to get your fries going, peel your sweet potatoes and cut them into fries, about 1/4″ thick each. Throw the fries into a large bag and add the cornstarch. Shake the bag vigorously to coat! You want a thin coating of cornstarch all over the fries.

Next comes the oil, and seasonings. If you have a favourite way to season the fries, I encourage you to use it! I personally love paprika, garlic powder and salt. Sometimes chili powder if the kids aren’t partaking πŸ˜‰

Lay the fries out in aΒ singleΒ layer on the baking sheet. You’ll likely have to use 2 sheets, depending on the number of fries you’ve cut! My favourite lining is parchment paper, but greasing the baking sheet would work fine too.

The fries take about 25 minutes in the oven; you’ll need to flip them once. I usually use a metal spatula and flip them in sections.

While the fries are baking, make the dill dip. It will literally take you 5 minutes to throw everything together! Taste it and adjust the seasonings as you prefer – sometimes I like a little extra dill, or a little more Worcestershire sauce.

The recipe makes more than enough dip for all of the fries, so sometimes we’ll use it on our burger buns too if we’re having burgers with the fries. It’s also good the next day, on a sandwich or with fresh veggies!

If you’re not a fan of dill, you could serve these fries with a creamy chipotle sauce or even just plain ol’ ketchup.

Sweet potato fries are seriously delicious. I’ve been craving those deep-fried Original Joe’s fries for a while now, but after eating these I can happily say that craving has been more than satisfied. Plus, my waistline is thanking me!

Sweet Potato Fries with Dill Dip

We’ve got wicked amounts of snow right now, so it looks like it’s going to be a weekend of playing in the white stuff and drinking hot cocoa. And eating fries, of course. πŸ˜‰

Enjoy your weekend everyone!!

Sweet Potato Fries with Dill Dip

Sweet Potato Fries with Dill Dip

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Yield 4 servings

Have your deep-fried sweet potato fries without all of the calories and mess! These crispy baked fries dipped in dill dip are the perfect side dish (or meal)!

Ingredients

  • 1-2 large sweet potatoes
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2-3 tbsp oil (canola, grapeseed or olive)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp sea salt

Dill Dip

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaiseΒ 
  • 1/2 cup sourcream
  • 1 tsp dried dillΒ 
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper, or spray with non-stick spray.* Use the roast setting on the oven if available.Β 
  2. Peel the sweet potatoes, and cut them into fry shapes, about 1/4" thick each. Place the potatoes into a large Ziploc bag, add the cornstarch and shake the bag well until all of the fries have a thin coating of cornstarch.Β 
  3. Add the oil, garlic powder, paprika and sea salt to the bag, and shake vigorously. Place the fries in a single layer on the baking sheets and place in the oven for 15 minutes. Remove the pans, and using a metal spatula, flip the fries in sections. Place back in the oven for another 10-15 minutes. You'll know the fries are done when they're slightly pillowy looking and firm.* No floppy fries!Β 
  4. While the fries are baking, prepare the dill dip by combining all of the dip ingredients in a small bowl, and mixing together. Store in the fridge until the fries are ready.
  5. Serve the fries alongside a small bowl of dip. Enjoy immediately!

Leftover fries can be stored in the fridge, and heated up in the oven at 275 for 10-15 minutes.

Notes

  1. Do not use foil or an ungreased sheet. Parchment paper works best, but I've also had success with a silicone baking mat.
  2. One tip to crisp up the fries: Once they're cooked, shut off the oven and leave the fries inside for 10-15 minutes. The low heat in the oven will crisp them up nicely.

Sweet Potato Fries with Dill Dip

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16 Comments

  1. I can’t say I’ve heard of Original Joes, but by the look of these fries I think I’d like it πŸ˜‰ Cornstarch, huh? Well, I gotta try that next time because I totally hear ya about the sweet potato fry drama. Loving that dip too with that dill – big fan. These would go over SO well in our home! P.S. It has become a running joke of me burning toast. I never learn, lol. Have a fantastic weekend! XO

    • I think I’ve got your food tastes pegged Dawn, and I can say with confidence you’d really like OJ’s! Hopefully they open one up out East near you!! Ugh yes – I’ve suffered so much sweet potato drama in my life!! I hope you get a chance to try these out (and the dip) and your weekend is full of properly toasted bread! Hehehe

  2. Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen

    I’m crazy about both sweet potato fries and dill. I want to make these SO BAD right now! I don’t deep fry anything because hot oil scares me so I love that these are baked :). I’ve never tried cornstarch on my baked fries and it sounds like that’s the secret ingredient I’ve been looking for. Enjoy your snow and have a cup of cocoa for me! Happy Friday, Katherine πŸ™‚

  3. Yum!! I definitely need to make these fresh fries! I didn’t know that foil wasn’t good to use when making these. Good to know! Have a great weekend πŸ™‚ xoxo

  4. crumbtopbaking

    I need these in my life! We love sweet potato fries, but apparently, I only know how to make soggy ones! Making, pinning and sharing! I’ll let you know how it goes πŸ˜‰ . Happy weekend Katherine!

  5. OMG these look so delicious! I opened the recipe and immediately thought of the sweet potato currently in my kitchen that I was going to just bake whole…not anymore! Noms.

  6. The Home Cook's Kitchen

    I freaking LOVE sweet potato fries! but you’re totally right, either limp and sad or bloody burnt! that dill dip looks gorgeous, love dill! and no thank you to deep frying, tasty makes it look so easy but I’m sure they have a clean up crew!

  7. These fries look like crispy, sweet perfection Katherine! I’m totally intrigued by the cornstarch and that dip! I love dill, and the combo with the fries sounds amazing.

  8. I love sweet potato fries! They are irresistible and always impossible to pass up when I see them on the menu. These look incredible!! I have not try to bake them much and they never come out looking like this. The dill dip sounds delicious with them! I don’t envy you for having snow. Enjoy your wintry weather, Katherine!

  9. these sound awesome! i’m not familiar with dill dip, but i love dill (there are days when i add some to my omelette bc i just feel like it), so i’m sure i’d love it with these perfectly crispy fries. (also, on another note, i feel a similar way about in n out fries. they’re too limp or too crunchy, there’s no good in between).

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