Hand-cut fries freeze every day, and these sweet potato beauties are a huge win in the air fryer. These crispy fries have a good balance of sweet and spicy flavors and a nice touch of garlic and thyme.
They make a great snack or a great addition to a chicken sandwich or a grilled chicken or burger. Cut the sweet potatoes into equal-sized pieces so that they cook evenly.
These fries are perfect with hot fried chicken thighs
Before knowing the recipe, have a look at the ingredients first.
● Olive oil:
Olive oil is a natural oil that is obtained from olives. As per USDA, a spoon of olive oil has 119 calories, 13.5g fat, 2.9mg Vitamin E, and 8.13mcg Vitamin K.
Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated oleic acid. These fatty acids are believed to have many beneficial effects and are a good choice for cooking. Extra virgin olive oil has a great number of antioxidants that are good biologically. Olive oil contains nutrients that help fight inflammation. These include oleic acid and oleocanthal antioxidants.
– Can Regular olive oil and Extra virgin olive be substituted for each other?
If, like many recipes, the recipe uses olive oil, you can use regular or extra virgin olive oil. It’s up to you and mostly based on personal preference. Both extra virgin olive oil and regular olive oil can be used for baking and cooking. However, note a different smoke point.
Usually, I like to use the more fragrant extra virgin olive oil for dipping in bread, dressings, uncooked dishes, and for purifying to let the aroma sink in.
Thyme is a herb that is commonly used by combining with other herbs. Thyme is used to flavor any dish on its own or as part of a mix or bouquet, along with other common herbs such as rosemary, sage, and marjoram. Thyme is suitable for any diet and is very rarely considered an allergen. It can be consumed by anyone who wants to cook with fresh herbs.
Thyme is commonly used in salty dishes such as steamed or grilled meats, vegetables or fish, and salted roasts. It can also be used to add flavor and depth to marinades, soups and broths, cocktail and tea items. Thyme can be stored by wrapping loosely in a damp paper towel in the refrigerator for almost two weeks.
Thyme contains chemicals that help treat bacterial and fungal infections.
Thyme has a flavor very much similar to rosemary, sage, oregano, marjoram, or dried basil, so any of them can be used as a substitution.
● Garlic Powder:
Garlic is popular as a fragrant culinary ingredient. It is used because of its distinctive and strong taste, and contains calcium, copper, phosphorus, potassium, iron, selenium, sodium, and magnesium. It also contains vitamin B6, vitamin B1, and vitamin C. It has protein and carbohydrates (in the form of sugar and fiber). It also contains organic compounds and antioxidants.
● Sweet Potatoes:
Sweet potatoes consist mostly of carbohydrates. Most of the carbohydrates come from starch, followed by fiber. This root vegetable is also relatively low in protein but is still an important source of protein in many developing countries. Sweet potatoes are a good source of beta-carotene, vitamin C, and potassium. They are also a rich source of other vitamins and minerals.
– Regular Potatoes or Sweet Potatoes?
Many people use regular potatoes for sweet potatoes, believing sweet potatoes to be a better choice. The two species contain similar amounts of water, carbs, fat, and protein. Notably, sweet potatoes sometimes have a lower GI and boast higher amounts of both sugar and fiber. Both are good sources of vitamin C and potassium, but sweet potatoes also provide excellent amounts of beta carotene, which your body can transform into vitamin A. Regular potatoes may be more filling but may also harbor glycoalkaloids, compounds that can be harmful in large amounts. Because of their fiber and vitamin contents, sweet potatoes are often considered the better choice between the two.
● Black pepper:
Black pepper is widely used in dishes all over the world. It is also referred to as “KING OF SPECIES”. Black pepper and its active ingredient, piperine, can have strong antioxidant activity, increase the absorption of certain nutrients and beneficial compounds.
Common amounts of black pepper used in cooking and additives up to 20 mg of piperine appear to be safe. However, black pepper can increase drug absorption and should be used with caution in combination with some medications. Black pepper is an ingredient that can be added to a variety of recipes, including eggs, salads, meat, fish, and soups. It’s available at most grocery stores.
Red peppers are made from ground paprika. It may or may not include chili pepper. Paprika is a great source of Vitamin C. It contains nine times more Vitamin C than in tomatoes. Paprika’s vibrant coloring increases the visual appeal of food. And it makes a great garnish. You can use it to top soup, chicken, macaroni, or many other dishes. A little bit of paprika makes potato salad and deviled eggs much more appealing. Without really changing the flavor, it adds a lot of color to the dish.