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Alternatives to French Fries

13 Oct 2009, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in food, recipes

Sometimes one really needs a carb fix, but plain old French fries just aren’t enough. I’ve grown bored with potatoes, but there are times when I love — nay, need — a good crunchy starch with my dinner. I’ve been experimenting with a variety of different ones to keep my palate enthused, and two of my regular favorites are sweet potato fries and yucca fries (thank you, Peru!).

Sweet Potato Fries
These couldn’t be easier to make. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Peel a sweet potato, cut into fry-size strips, then toss with some olive oil, salt and freshly chopped rosemary. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until they brown to your liking.

Yucca Fries
These take a bit more preparation, but gawd are they worth it. Yucca has substance — potato-esque, but with the slightest hint of butteriness. I also love how it looks like Camembert when you slice it open, but that’s just me. I found a great recipe for baked ones (complete with pictures) here.

  • My most recent discovery w/these fries…serve w/ a dollop of sour cream topped with
    a generous amount of sweet chili sauce for dipping…amazing!

  • I had Sweet Potato Fries ~2years ago. I was very apprehensive about trying them, but they turned out to be amazing! I’ll have to make some Yucca Fries now! Butteriness—Mmm! ;)