I have yet to meet a person who doesn’t like sweet potato fries. And if you’re out there, oh person-who-doesn’t-like-sweet-potato-fries, then I’m sorry but I don’t think we can be friends*. In my opinion, they’re the most comforting of comfort foods – the perfect crossover between a meal and a dessert. Sweet yet salty, crispy yet soft… the perfect side to any meat and the perfect post-workout recovery carbohydrate. I should write a song about them.

But I won’t.

Instead I’ll teach you how you can have them in your very own kitchen without having to take a trip to The Counter.

Most healthy recipes will tell you how to bake sweet potato fries in the oven. Whilst this is also a great way to make them, if you’ve learnt nothing else from this blog, I hope you’ve learnt that fat is GOOD for you if it is the right type of fat, so I decided to try making these more like traditional fries are made, only with a twist. Most fries these days are fried in rancid vegetable oils, which we know is terrible for you, but these are fried in bacon fat, which is a very stable fat at high temperatures and is also full of nutrients. Plus it makes things taste amazing.

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So, without further ado, here’s the recipe:

*just kidding

Sweet Potato Fries (Fried in Bacon Grease)
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
  1. 1 medium sweet potato
  2. Bacon grease (I save mine whenever I cook bacon)
  3. Sea salt
  1. 1. If you don't already have bacon grease lying around, then get cooking your bacon (note: I try to only buy crap free, responsibly sourced bacon like this bacon). Set aside the bacon and strain the grease into a thick-bottomed skillet or pan. You will need about 3-4 tablespoons
  2. 2. Clean and peel the potato and then slice into fries - you can decide what sort of thickness you prefer, but try to keep them even
  3. 3. Place the potato pieces into a bowl with some kitchen towel and salt them lightly. The towel and salt help draw out moisture, which will help these become more crispy
  4. 4. Heat the bacon grease on medium till a fry sizzles when it is dropped in and (very carefully) place a small batch of the raw fries in the pan. Keep them in a single layer so you can watch them like a hawk - they go from raw to burnt in a split second of wandering attention
  5. 5. Have a plate with kitchen towel nearby and as each one becomes slightly browned and crispy, remove and place on the towel. I usually use small tongs so I can feel how crispy-on-the-outside-yet-soft-on-the-inside they are
  6. 6. Lightly salt them and serve immediately
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