Up until recently, I did not like sweet potatoes or fries (I still do not like fries made with regular potatoes…I’m weird, I know). This all changed when Slow Magic and l went home to Vermont and my parents made us oven roasted Japanese sweet potatoes. I am not sure why I even tried them in the first place (usually I would have refused) but I am so happy I did because they have become a staple in our meals.
Even though I am not big on regular fries, Slow Magic loves them so we set out to make some. After many burnt batches of fries (some were too thin… some we cooked too long) we finally figured it out. They are not only extremely easy to make, they are so so so good (even when they are cold the next day).
Preheat oven to 425° F.
Wash (scrub) and dry one or two Japanese sweet potatoes (depending on the size).
Cut the potatoes into thick fry shaped slices.
Place fries in bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Stir with a big wood spoon so that the fries are evenly coated.
In a small bowl, mix together one teaspoon of salt, one teaspoon of pepper (I used white pepper but black works as well), and one teaspoon of garlic powder.
Sprinkle the seasoning mixture over your fries and stir so that the fries are evenly coated.
Evenly space your fries onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper and sprinkle with black sesame seeds. Bake for 15 minutes, flip, rotate pan (for even baking) and bake for another 15 minutes (or until golden brown).