Written by Mr. Crumbs
Our family has an addiction – to French fries.
My daughter and my father-in-law have an addiction to ketchup.
Naturally, you can expect this family to go through a lot of potatoes. Which is cool, because potatoes are waaaaay cheap.
Our solution to eating healthy real food French fries is Crispy Oven Baked Potato Wedges. By simply coating them in olive oil and dashing them with some salt and pepper, they are an amazing alternative to their deep fried counterpart.
But you can only eat roasted potato wedges so many nights in a row, before needing a change.
So we experimented.
Blogging buddy Stacy told us about her recipe for crash hot potatoes, which we started making instead. Because they’re oh.my.goodness.amazing!
But then we started receiving all these sweet potatoes in our CSA box and also inherited a few boxes from my father-in-law (who is a chef). So we started making sweet potato fries… over… and over… and over.
I’m honestly not a huge fan of sweet potatoes. Mrs. Crumbs is a big fan and likes them all sorts of ways, but I’m partial to fries.
But even a French fry lover can tire of fries after a while and we needed a change. Mrs. Crumbs suggested I crash ’em, so I did!
And ta’ da. You get “crashed sweet potatoes” to add to your awesome vegetable list and yes, I give Stacy all praise for inspiration to our twist on her original recipe.
So, are these any good? You bet! (Remember, this is coming from someone who doesn’t really like sweet potatoes.)
Crispy sweet potatoes with a heavy dash of seasoning turns ordinary potatoes into a fun and extraordinary side.
There are few twists to this recipe in that sweet potatoes contain much more moisture than a standard russet or red potato – so here’s the “how-to” on creating this delicious dish!
How to Make Crash Hot Sweet Potatoes
Boil the potatoes until they are soft and you can easily stick a fork in them.
Place the cooked potatoes on a towel, allowing them to cool and dry.
Baste one side of the potato with olive oil.
Flip the potatoes (olive oil side down) and make a few slits in them with a knife.
Smash the potatoes with a fork. Allow them to sit on the towel for 2-3 minutes (eliminating the excess moisture).
Transfer smashed potatoes to cookie sheet.
Baste with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Bake at 450F for 40-45 minutes.
- 2lbs sweet potatoes, as small as you can find
- 2-3 Tbsp olive oil
- 1-2 tsp salt
- 1-2 tsp pepper
- Bring a large pot filled halfway with water to a boil. Boil the sweet potatoes until they are soft and you can easily stick a fork in them.
- Place the cooked potatoes on a towel, allowing them to cool to the touch and dry.
- Baste one side of the potato with olive oil.
- Flip the potatoes (olive oil side down) and make a few slits in them with a knife.
- Smash the potatoes with a fork. Allow them to sit on the towel for 2-3 minutes (eliminating the excess moisture).
- Transfer smashed potatoes to cookie sheet.
- Baste with olive oil and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper.
- Bake at 450F for 40-45 minutes.
Additional Recipe Notes
Sweet potatoes contain more moisture than regular potatoes, so it’s important not to skip the few minutes of resting in between the steps. To speed the process up at dinner time, you can boil the potatoes earlier in the day, or even earlier in the week, and then crash them the night of dinner.
We like to make extras so we can make a hash with eggs for breakfast!
Remember that sweet potatoes are in season in the fall and winter, and they store really well. Aim for $1 per pound or less and you’ll be loving this dish even more!
- sweet potatoes: $2
- olive oil: $0.50
- salt & pepper: $0.20
Total cost for Crash Hot Sweet Potatoes is $2.70!
What’s your favorite way to enjoy sweet potatoes?
Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase through those links, I will earn commission that helps to keep the lights on in the Crumbs house – with no additional cost to you. Thank you for supporting Crumbs in this way. Read my full disclosure statement here.