These Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Homemade Ketchup are loaded with vitamin A, fiber, potassium, and all kinds of other good stuff. While homemade ketchup is ridiculously simple to make and takes next to no time.
I don’t like to admit it, but greasy fries drowning in high fructose corn syrup riddled ketchup is one of those junky processed foods that I actually miss. I can pass up every candy bar and microwave burrito you throw at me, but the thought of salty fries dipped and tangy sweet ketchup has me seeing heart eyes for days.
While I do believe it’s okay to have the occasional junky treat, there is no way around conventional fries and ketchup being loaded with stuff that does absolutely nothing positive for your body and thus, one of the opening acts to a laundry list of health issues.
There is nothing nutritionally redeeming about deep fried white potato spears or ketchup with more sugar in it than a cookie (regardless of the fact that the government allows many states to claim each of those foods as a “vegetable serving” in federally funded school lunch programs, but that’s a rant for another blog post). So I (of course) had to give my beloved fries and ketchup a real food makeover…because that’s how I do and you wouldn’t be here reading if it wasn’t.
Lets start with the fries.
White potatoes in and of themselves are not horrible, but sweet potatoes are absolutely better. They are loaded with vitamin A, fiber, potassium, and all kinds of other good stuff.
There is a lot of confusion around what exactly is a sweet potatoes, so let’s take a moment to clear things up, shall we?
Firm sweet potato vs soft sweet potato
Both of the potatoes pictured above are sweet potatoes. The one on the left has pale flesh, reddish/purple skin, and is known as the firm sweet potato. It is often called a Japanese sweet potato, as well.
The firm sweet potato has a nutty flavor and less natural sugar. When it is cooked, it stays relatively firm and holds its shape well.
The sweet potato on the right is a soft sweet potato (often confused with yams). They have an orange flesh with a reddish/orange skin. Soft sweet potatoes are much sweeter and have a fluffy texture when cooked.
Purple variety of sweet potatoes
There is also a purple variety of sweet potatoes that are amazing in flavor, color, and nutrients. Go check it out. Your kids will be amazed and think you have super powers when you serve them a purple potato for dinner.
So, now that you know exactly what a sweet potato is, go buy some and let’s get baking!
Okay, now let’s talk about the ketchup. Guys, ketchup, while delicious and amazing on so many things, is absolute crap. If you have a bottle of commercially made ketchup in your fridge, go look at the ingredient list.
I’m confident you will see ‘high fructose corn syrup’ listed on there (if not scarier things). I don’t know about you, but i prefer to keep that stuff out of my kitchen. And out of my family’s mouths.
It’s a little known fact that homemade ketchup is ridiculously simple to make and takes next to no time. It also lasts a good chunk of time in your fridge. So you can make a big batch and enjoy gobs of it on whatever you like for weeks to come.
More of sweet potato goodness
- Sweet Potato Peanut Butter Muffins
- Chocolate Sweet Potato Cookies
- Baked Apple Sweet Potato Oatmeal
- One-Sheet Rosemary Baked Chicken & Sweet Potatoes
- Black Bean Sweet Potato Quesadilla
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Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Homemade Ketchup
Sweet Potato Fries
- 2 medium sweet potatoes, washed and dried or one extra large
- 2 tablespoons avocado or olive oil
- 1 teaspoon sea salt or to taste
- black pepper to taste
- 1/3 cup tomato paste
- 2-3 tablespoons maple syrup or honey, or to taste
- 3 tablespoons vinegar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4-1/2 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
- 1 small clove garlic, crushed
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
Sweet Potato Fries
- Preheat oven to 450℉. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats and set aside.
- Cut potatoes into fries. I leave the skins on the potatoes, but you can peel the potatoes before cutting if you prefer.
- Throw the potato wedges into a large mixing bowl and cover with water. Let soak for 15-20 minutes. After soaking, drain off water and pat fries as dry as possible and return to the bowl.
- Drizzle with oil, sprinkle with sea salt and pepper, and toss to coat.
- Arrange the fries on the baking sheets so that there is plenty of room between the pieces (see picture below for example). If the potatoes are too close to one another, they will steam instead of roast.
- Bake the fries for 20 minutes in the oven. Remove and, using a spatula, flip the fries over. Return to the oven for 10-15 more minutes or until the fries are soft.
- Allow 5 minutes for the fries to cool before enjoying.
- In a medium sauce pan, combine all of the ingredients with a whisk over medium heat. Continue whisking until mixture is smooth in consistency. Taste mixture and add or sweetener or sea salt if you like. Allow mixture to come to a slow boil.
- Once slowly boiling, reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes (or until ketchup starts to thicken), stirring every few minutes to prevent burning.
- Remove ketchup from heat and cool to room temperature. Store in air tight containers in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
- The instructions above are to make 1 cup of ketchup.
- The ketchup lasts a good chunk of time in the fridge, so you can make a big batch and enjoy gobs of it on whatever you like for weeks to come.
- Ketchup recipe inspired by My Whole Food Life.
The nutritional information is provided as an estimate only and may vary based on the product type, servings and other factors. If you are following a diet, please consult with a professional nutritionist or your doctor. Stay healthy!
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Yum! I still eat fries when I got out, hydrogenated oils be damned. It’s something I can’t stay away from. I love the idea of making it at home!
Hmmmmmm………some great ideas!!!! I love the fries in the lunch, and I did not know ketchup would be so simple to make. While I do buy organic ketchup, I still prefer to try to make most of our stuff. I believe toast pizza is going to be in the lunch plan for my oldest this year. Thanks for your postings. I really enjoy reading your site.
Thank you for taking the time to share such sweet words! I’m so glad you are enjoying my recipes!
Oh boy am I excited! My middle two girls put ketchup on EVERYTHING! I know it’s not good for them so I try to limit it, but I figured it would be too hard to make for it to be worth it. So glad you posted this!!
These are so delicious! I make them this way all the time now.
I love them too!
And just because I like a spicier ketchup, I add chipotle powder and smoke paprika to taste. Yumerrific!
Ah, that homemade ketchup is amazing!