Coast Cooking

Coast Cooking: Sweet potato fries

Of course you know that all sweet potatoes are not born equally, and that Vardaman Mississippi is the sweet potato capital of the world? 

Of course you do. What makes Vardaman sweet potatoes so good is the sweetness. No others can compare. So when you are shopping for this Central American import, make sure to look for Mississippi-grown taters. 

One of the best things you can do with the sweet potato is to make fries out of them, but to do it right takes a few extra steps. Try this recipe and let me know how it works for you.


Note: it is best to use an electric fryer with a thermostat, that way the temperature is controlled properly. 

2-3 large sweet potatoes

Canola oil sufficient to fill your fryer half way up


Slice the potatoes into equal sizes, which is important so they all cook evenly. Place in a cool water bath for 20 minutes, rinse and dry completely.  Heat the fryer to 280 f. Then cook the potatoes in small batches for 6 to 8 minutes. Drain on paper towels. The potatoes can be held for quite a while at this stage. Raise the heat to 375 f. and cook again in small batches until crispy, about 3 minutes. Remove, drain and salt. Serve with in 3 minutes of cooking.