Looking for an alt to regular potato fries? Discover these salty-sweet thyme roasted sweet potato fries. Full of flavour, a cinch to make and oh so good for you! Vegan and gluten free.
If you’re like me, and on the hunt for simple, delicious and creative recipes the family will embrace, well, this is for you. These thyme roasted sweet potato fries are perfect as a nourishing snack, side or appetizer.
Our love for our oven…
We love and depend on our oven a great deal. You probably know by now, with three feisty kids, running this blog, my business and community work, I desperately need recipes that are pronto, satisfying, and nutritious to keep us all ticking along. Our tandoori roasted cashew gobi was another oven hit. Did you try it?
For us, the oven offers the simplest formula: dish + ingredients = meal – hassle. Oh, and did I mention, there’s less washing up. Now isn’t that heaven!
Thyme gives a woody tone to these sweet potato fries, which I love. The flavour isn’t overpowering.
A popular herb, thyme is used in soups, stews, vegetables, fish and meats. Native to the Mediterranean, thyme belongs to the mint family of shrubs. There are different varieties, and exude their unique flavours.
For this recipe, I opted to use fresh thyme, however, dried thyme would work just as well.
The thyme stems were spread evenly over the sliced potatoes. I didn’t even bother to swipe off the leaves from the stems. There’s really no need (and I had no time). I spread a few stems beneath the slices, ensuring all the pieces would capture the incredible earthy flavour of thyme.
A rich source of vitamins, sweet potatoes contain 10 times more vitamin A than their counterparts. They also contain carotenoids and have a lower glycemic index (GI), helping to control blood sugars.
What’s more, is sweet potatoes don’t have to take a long time to prepare and cook. Cutting them into 1/2-inch slices can speed up the cooking time. I know I’ve probably said this hundreds of time before, but if it’s not quick and simple, then it’s not likely to make it back on my table. We often cheat with this recipe, and do all the prep the night before and simply throw it into the oven 30 mins before meal time. Sometimes, we’ve even bought ready cut sweet potatoes – and that’s OK.
These thyme roasted sweet potato fries basically vanished faster than I could say “dinner is served.”
Looking for ways to add sweet potatoes to your meals?
There are many ways to whip them up. You could use them to make:
- Wraps or quesadillas
- Sweet dessert
- Dip or hummus
- Baked potato
Am sure the list can go on and on. But these thyme roasted sweet potato fries make it top on our list.
How do you enjoy sweet potatoes?
So, kuch kuch hota hai? If you try this recipe, would love to hear from you! Leave a comment, rate it, or share a photo and hashtag with #desiliciousrd on Instagram and twitter! Can’t wait to see your photos.
Thyme Roasted Sweet Potato Fries
- 3 sweet potato large, sliced lengthways 1-inch thick
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 tsp sea salt or to taste
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 7 stems thyme fresh
- Preheat oven to 450°F.
- Scrub, wash and peel the potatoes and slice into 1-inch thick slices
- In large mixing bowl, combine the potatoes, olive oil, salt, and pepper, and toss.
- Transfer to a baking dish
- Spread the thyme stems over the potatoes, arranging a few beneath the slices
- Place on top rack of oven and roast until cooked and slightly browned, about 30 minutes
- Garnished with thyme stems
- Serve warm
- Always preheat your oven before baking
- Make sure to cut the sweet potatoes into even sized fries so they cook evenly
- For this recipe, I opted to use fresh thyme, however, dried thyme would work just as well.
- You can also experiment with different herbs and spices, choose your favoruites
- Make sure to space the fries out in an even layer on the baking tray
- Leftover fries can be stored in the fridge in a suitable container and eaten cold or reheated in the oven