I’ve wanted to share this recipe on the blog for the longest time. But we kept making these fries at times when lighting conditions weren’t optimal, and they don’t tend to have any leftovers. French fries marinated in beer is something that I NEVER would have thought of on my own, and I’m really glad that someone else did! They come out delicious every time and we tend to usually have beer in the fridge…
These baked sweet potato fries will surprise you with their crispiness and subtle beer flavor, all while being made with only a little drizzle of oil. I usually add minced garlic to these because I love the bits of garlic that get really toasted – even a little burned – in the oven. And if we have a quarter of an onion in the fridge, I’ll mince that up and add it, too. But you can also keep it simple with just beer, salt, and sweet potatoes. Or regular potatoes!
I’ve pretty much always used whatever beer we happen to already have. I would say that extremely dark beers might not taste as good, but otherwise, I don’t think it matters a whole lot. My understanding is that gluten-free beers will also work! If applicable to you, you’ll want to check Barnivore for a beer that is produced without the use of animal byproducts.
The one thing that you really DO need to do in order to get the best results from these, is to lay them out in a single layer on your baking sheet. I know it’s a pain because it stops you from making a million baked sweet potato fries at a time (if you’re anything like me, you’ll wish you had a million), but they just won’t get crispy if the baking sheet is crowded. If you like soft, limp fries then go for it (hey, some people do, I won’t judge). Generally I can get two medium-sized sweet potatoes’ worth of fries onto my two bigger baking sheets.
I hope that those of you with a long weekend are enjoying it to its fullest potential and experiencing some nice spring weather! Until next time!
- 1-2 sweet potatoes, skins intact, cut into sticks
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- ¼ of a white or yellow onion, minced
- enough beer to cover (1-2 bottles)
- grapeseed oil (or other high-heat oil)
- salt & pepper, to taste
- Toss together the cut sweet potatoes, garlic, and onion in a wide bowl, or baking dish. Pour enough beer over the potatoes to mostly cover them. Let marinate for 30 minutes, stirring a couple of times.
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare baking sheets lined with parchment paper or Silpat-style liners.
- Drain out the beer, and toss the potatoes, garlic and onion with a small drizzle of oil, just enough to lightly coat.
- Spread out the fries in a single layer on the baking sheets. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the top.
- Bake for about 45 minutes, or until browned and crispy. Agitate and flip them every 15 minutes.
- Serve immediately.