Discover the secret to making crispy Smoky Sweet Potato Wedges that don't stick to the pan! Paleo, vegan and gluten-free!
Love oven-baked Sweet Potato Fries? So do I!
Have you ever baked sweet potato fries and had them stick to the baking sheet? Dreams of crispy fries with a creamy dipping sauce go up in smoke when all that remains are broken bits of sweet potato stuck to the pan. Smoky Sweet Potato Wedges to the rescue!
Oven-Baked Vegetables are healthy and delicious!
Oven-roasting is my favourite way to cook vegetables. I've been working on improving my technique to produce crispy veggies and wrote about three steps to perfectly roasted vegetables in this recipe for Apple Cider Roasted Root Vegetables.
The same three principles apply to these sweet potato fries, but I found they turned out even better when I used this one simple trick.
The trick to baking crispy sweet potato fries
Bake them on a rack!
The oven heat circulates around them, baking them evenly while caramelizing their edges. The result is flavourful crisp potato wedges that are still soft and tender inside. Seasoned with smoked paprika and dipped in avocado aioli, these smoky sweet potato fries are a crowd-pleasing healthy snack.
Your stuck-to-the-pan days are over!
These Smoky Sweet Potato Wedges are easy to make.
- and bake
Mix up the avocado aioli while the sweet potato wedges are toasting in the oven, then remove from the oven, sprinkle with a little coarse sea salt and serve hot with the avocado dip. Make your life even easier (and keep these sweet potato fries vegan) by serving with store-bought Chipotle Vegenaise. Enjoy!
Smoky Sweet Potato Wedges
For the Sweet Potatoes
- 4 large sweet potatoes
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika, depending on how much spice you like, or more
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
For the Avocado Aioli
- 1 large avocado
- 2 tbsp light mayonnaise or Vegenaise if vegan
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 2 tsp lemon juice freshly squeezed
- ½ tsp sea salt
- Heat oven to 400°F.
- Scrub potatoes under running water. It's not necessary to peel them.
- Cut in half lengthwise, then in half again, and then again so that each potato yields 8 thick wedges.
- Put in a large bowl and toss with olive oil.
- Sprinkle with smoked paprika, salt and pepper.
- Position baking racks on top of baking sheets. Spread in a single layer on one or two baking sheets.
- Bake at 400°F for 20 min.
- Flip and bake for another 15 to 20 minutes or until crispy.
- While the potatoes are baking, prepare the Avocado Aioli. Mix the avocado flesh with the remaining ingredients in a small food processor until smooth. Serve with the smoky sweet potato wedges.
Looking for other sweet potato side dish ideas? Try these:
- Make-Ahead Duchess Sweet Potatoes. Change up your usual sweet potato side dish with these whipped, buttery swirls of sweet potatoes.
- Baby Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Garlic Herb Butter. These make a fun side dish. Slice potatoes thinly keeping the base intact, fan out accordian-style, and baste with garlic herb butter.
Or try these sweet potato recipes:
- Chipotle Chili Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
- Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Soup
- Roasted Sweet Potato Spinach Salad with Maple Walnuts and Bacon
- Sweet Potato Frittata with Fresh Salsa
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