These easy loaded sweet potato fries are baked until crispy and topped with smoked Gouda, chopped pecans, and a creamy garlic yogurt sauce.
What’s your favorite way to use sweet potatoes?
Do you love them best in sweet potato casserole? Bourbon sweet potato casserole is kind of amazing.
They’re also fabulous in Indian curry, like in this Navratan sweet korma.
I’m honestly not sure what my favorite sweet potato recipe is, because I love them in all the things.
The sweet potato recipe I make the most though is, no surprise, baked sweet potato fries.
Sometimes, instead of dipping the fries in ketchup, I do something even more delicious. I make loaded sweet potato fries.
These loaded fries are topped with one of my favorite cheeses (smoked Gouda!) and topped with chopped pecans.
What Kind of Sweet Potato Should I Use?
Guys, there’s more than one type of sweet potato.
This recipe works perfectly with regular, orange sweet potatoes.
If you can find them, it’s also delicious (maybe even a tiny bit more delicious) with white sweet potatoes. White sweet potatoes are starchier than orange ones, and are like a mix between Russet potatoes and sweet potatoes.
Can I Use Fried Fries Instead of Baked?
Of course you can.
The recipe card only gives directions for baking, but fried fries will work perfectly.
Can I Use Store-Bought Frozen Fries Instead?
Yes, you can!
If you’re using store-bought fries, simply follow the package directions to cook the fries, and then add the toppings as directed in the recipe card.
How to Make Loaded Sweet Potato Fries
Start by slicing the potatoes into thin, matchbox-style fries.
Add the fries to a baking sheet, and drizzle with oil.
Sprinkle them with cinnamon, and toss them with your hands to mix the oil and spices.
Cook them for about 20 minutes, flip, and cook for five to ten more minutes.
They should be crispy at this point.
Sprinkle the fries with salt, add the cheese, and stick them back in the oven for about two minutes to melt the cheese.
Add the chopped pecans and drizzle a little of the yogurt sauce over the fries.
Serve the fries right away while they’re still hot!
Loaded Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet Potato Fries:
- 1 pound sweet potatoes (white or orange), scrubbed clean
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 4 ounces smoked Gouda, freshly grated Or swap in regular Gouda
- ⅛ cup chopped pecans
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 2 garlic cloves, finely diced
- pinch sea salt
- 1 tablespoon finely sliced green onion tops or chives
- Preheat oven to 400ºF. If desired, peel potatoes (optional). Cut the potatoes into long slices, about ¼" wide and deep.
- Lay the fries in a single layer on an unlined baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with cinnamon, and then toss with your hands to mix the spices.
- Bake fries for 20 minutes, and then turn the fries. Bake 5-7 more minutes, or until golden. (Bake time will depend on how crispy you want your fries.)While the fries bake, mix together all of the yogurt sauce ingredients.
- Sprinkle the fries with salt, and top fries with the Gouda. Slide the fries back into the oven for about 2 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.Top with pecans. Drizzle some of the yogurt sauce over the fries, and serve the rest on the side. Serve immediately.