Friday, August 31, 2012

How sweet is too sweet?

So I made sweet potato fries, because they are considered less offensive than white potatoes and some Paleo eating says they are okay.



The problem? I found them too sweet. I did not add any sugars, just some oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Maybe mixed with something else to cut down the sweetness, but alone, I just cannot do it.


  1. I love me some potato, I just bought three.

  2. We love sweet potato fries. I eat them just salted, but the Knight likes honey with his... if you can imagine!

  3. Sweet potatoes really can be very sweet. Branden loves sweet potato fries, I prefer white. A couple of thoughts: I read somewhere that long, slow cooking (like in an oven) gives the sugar in sweet potatoes a chance to develop, while fast cooking (microwave or fryer) doesn't. Maybe you could parcook in the microwave and then brown under the broiler? Also, I've found that different varieties have very different sweetness levels; our wholefoods stocks 4 or 5 different kinds, and there's quite a range of sweetnesses. Of course, that's kind of a lot of work for just a french fry, but if you're desperate...

    Have you ever tried Jicama/cassava/yucca? I don't know if they're paleo, but they have a similar texture/taste to potato.

  4. In my experience you can't get the sweetness out of them. No matter how I've prepared them the end result is just too sweet. I'd rather not eat them.