Truly a unique flavor combination, these pretty, Roasted Purple Sweet Potato French Fries are crispy with the scent of lemon and a touch of spice. They’re a vegetarian, fantastic snack or side dish. I love strolling through a Farmer’s Market or the produce section in stores to see all of the stunning colors. Everything from broccoli and mangoes to Dragon fruit and apples — and there are so many gorgeous shades of purple in fresh produce these days.
A couple of years ago I was introduced to — and proceeded to fall in love with — the beautiful Okinawan Sweet Potato, which is beautiful dark lavender color. And I was recently introduced to another outstanding purple sweet potato, only this one is more of a magenta color.
And check out that bright magenta flesh! It’s so vibrant! And these pretty spuds are packed with antioxidants, by the way.
A bit less sweet than orange sweet potatoes, they’re especially tasty with the hint of fresh lemon and the subtle spice of the chile powder. It has that delicious sweet n’ spicy vibe.
The purple potatoes become a deep, rich burgundy-like color once cooked.
This is not a sponsored post. Frieda’s sent me samples of Stokes Sweet Potatoes for recipe testing. I’m writing about them because they’re delicious and so pretty. Oh, and because I made these oh-so-delicious Roasted Chile-Lemon Roasted Purple Sweet Potato French Fries! You can learn more about them and where to get them here.
You know what might be really fun? Have a French fry party! I think I’m going to plan one myself.
Here are a handful of super unique French Fry recipes to include:
- Curry French Fries
- Smoky Chipotle Parmesan French Fries
- Spicy Roasted Daikon French Fries
- Avocado French Fries
Enjoy every last crispy, sweet, spicy, and tangy one of these Roasted Purple Sweet Potato French Fries!
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons chile powder I used mild Hatch chile powder
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- a few turns of freshly ground black pepper
- 2- pounds Stokes Purple Sweet Potatoes
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and adjust a rack to the center (or a bit above).
In a small bowl, mix the oil with the lemon juice, chile powder, brown sugar, salt and pepper. Set aside.
Wash the potatoes very well and rub them dry with a towel. (You can peel them instead if desired -- I leave the skin as it's thin, tender and full of vitamins.)
Cut the pointed ends off each of the potatoes and then cut them into approximately ¼-inch sticks (see below image). Add them to a baking sheet and spread them out.
Make sure the oil mixture is well blended and then drizzle it over the cut potatoes and use your hands to mix them, being sure they are all well coated (see below image). Move around the potatoes until they are in a single layer, and sprinkle with a bit of salt.
Place the baking sheet in the oven and roast for 15 to 20 minutes -- they should be sizzling and browning a bit on the bottoms. Use a metal flat-bottomed spatula and flip all of the potatoes over. Return the baking sheet to the oven and continue to roast until the bottoms are beginning to brown, about another 15 minutes.
Let them cool on the baking sheet and then serve as a side or snack.