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French fries or sweet potato fries

Monica Dec 9, 2013 07:05 AM

It seems like a lot of hamburger chains now have sweet potato fries on their menu. It used to be a novelty and not too many places carried it. I love sweet potato fries so I only get sweet potato fries now and supposely 'healthier'. How about you? Do you still exclusively get regular french fries still?

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  1. Perilagu Khan RE: Monica Dec 9, 2013 07:07 AM

    Initially, I really liked SP fries, but the novelty quickly wore off, and now I'm back to reggler old French fries, to the extent that I even eat fries anymore. Watching the fat intake, dontchaknow.

    1. mamachef RE: Monica Dec 9, 2013 07:21 AM

      I don't eat a lot of fries anymore, but when I do they have to be regular old French Fries. (Or, Freedom Fries, which is how they're listed at the little divey coffee shop I frequent...Freedom Toast, too. That one took me a minute.) Okay, I don't like sweet potatoes much at all. I have to play with them a LOT and give them expensive gifts: butter, heavy cream, honey, nuts, spices....
      Seriously though, I've had the sweet potato version and it was at a good place, known for it's fries and burgers. The SP fries were hot, golden, perfectly-fried, crisp outside and fluffy in the middle. My buddy said they were the best he ever had, as I traded my fries for his regular FF.
      I guess, because I've been eating my burger with classic FF, that the sweet/salty thing is not my gig for this particular meal, unless you count catsup. :)
      I don't like SP fries...and I don't think they're any healthier, really, than classic FFs. The deep-frying takes care of that. Maybe they're lower in calories, or lower on the glycemic index, but they're still potatoes, deep-fried.

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        Monica RE: mamachef Dec 9, 2013 07:23 AM

        ...but...but...sweet potato has more vitamin A...lol

        I buy frozen sweet potato fries..baked them..and eat them with real maple syrup on the weekends. I love sweet potato anything.

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          mamachef RE: Monica Dec 9, 2013 07:39 AM

          LOLOLOL. I got a GOOD laugh out of your comment about Vitamin A. I know plenty about nutrition, but the only thing, in my opinion, that Vitamin A is seriously good for, is my Retin-A and all her sister products. :)
          See? SEE? You proved my point for me - you have to have REAL maple syrup w. those things. :) You're already buying expensive gifts. :)
          I have some unusual recipes for sweet potatoes that are very very good, or so I'm told by my clients. If you'd like them, I'll be glad to send them to you.

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            Monica RE: mamachef Dec 9, 2013 08:02 AM

            Unusual recipe? Of course! Please do share. I usually just make roasted sweet potatoes with brown sugar, etc...

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              monavano RE: Monica Dec 9, 2013 09:14 AM

              I think I picked up adding brown sugar from Ina. It helps to crisp them and they need all the help they can get.

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          fldhkybnva RE: mamachef Dec 9, 2013 04:10 PM

          I agree I don't think they are any healthier and if eaten with the often accompanying burger, the GI would be the same. I also don't think they are particularly lower in calories.

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          INDIANRIVERFL RE: Monica Dec 9, 2013 07:47 AM

          Tis the harvest season and I am joyfully inundated with a large variety yams, sweet potatoes, potatoes, and tubers. I counted 5 different type of yams alone in the store this weekend.

          I have not made regular French fries for my self in ages.

          1. ipsedixit RE: Monica Dec 9, 2013 08:03 AM

            I like both.

            But for burgers it has to be french fries.

            Sandwiches, salads or other savory items like confit or chili, I probably prefer sweet potato.

            All of that said, for some reason I think duck fat works better with regular spuds -- never seems right with the sweet variety.

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              mamachef RE: ipsedixit Dec 9, 2013 08:16 AM

              OMG, you HAD to go there, ipse. Now all I want is "Hot Doug's": duck-fat friench fries. He only makes them one day a week (Sat.) and is approximtely 3000 miles from me, but I'll just sit here and think about them and be grateful to you for the opportunity to drool legally. :)

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                INDIANRIVERFL RE: mamachef Dec 9, 2013 08:43 AM

                Goose grease. Then tallow. Then duck fat. We all march to a different tune.

                Old starchy Belgium fried potatoes. 2 dips in the grease.

            2. foodieX2 RE: Monica Dec 9, 2013 08:33 AM

              It depends on the meal and my mood

              With certain steaks and burgers its has to be steak fries.

              WIth other burgers traditional fries are preferred.

              Sweet potatoes fries go with BBQ and BBQ style burgers.

              However, none of these rules are hard and fast. I am an equal opportunity fries eater.

              1. Chemicalkinetics RE: Monica Dec 9, 2013 08:39 AM

                Hmmm. I do like sweet potato fries, and will try to get them if they are available. However, this may simply be because it is still a novelty to me.

                If I take a step back, I would say that I probably will like potato fries and sweet potato fries about the same.

                1. Veggo RE: Monica Dec 9, 2013 08:58 AM

                  SP fries are tasty, but they don't go as well with ketchup, and I like a lot of ketchup with fries.

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                    Chemicalkinetics RE: Veggo Dec 9, 2013 09:03 AM

                    SP fries are good on their own, but I don't think they taste nearly as good for dipping. Ketchup or mayo or whatever... just not as good.

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                      mamachef RE: Veggo Dec 9, 2013 09:03 AM

                      LOL. Veggo, you do it every time. I, too, love big big amounts of ketchup with my fries. I seriously considered having a small squeeze bottle to take along with me so I wouldn't have to do The Dance of 1,000 Packets, but my darling dotter and #2 son both said that if I did that, it would be soooooo embarrassing and they wouldn't go out with me.

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                        Veggo RE: mamachef Dec 9, 2013 09:07 AM

                        I go right for the red squeeze bottle that sometimes sounds like serious flatulence.
                        "Don't be concerned, maam, you are 4 seats upwind, and it's just the ketchup."

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                          Monica RE: mamachef Dec 9, 2013 09:09 AM

                          A lot of places seem to have those dispensers that squirts out ketchups these day but for whatever reasons, every time I press them, i get the last bit of the ketchup and have to wait until they refill it. And those white paper cups provided are not big enough.

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                            mamachef RE: Monica Dec 9, 2013 11:06 PM

                            Amen to the last especially. Even I get embarrassed by the number of cups I have to make before we get to the table, and then of course it's not enough and I have to go back!

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                            Perilagu Khan RE: mamachef Dec 9, 2013 09:53 AM

                            Somewhere, there's a tear in Wilson Pickett's eye.

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                              mamachef RE: Perilagu Khan Dec 9, 2013 11:00 PM

                              Wilson would have loved me, PK. :) And there's a tear in my eye for that sweet soul man. See you "in the midnight hour," Pickett.

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                            ipsedixit RE: Veggo Dec 9, 2013 10:07 AM

                            This is going to sound weird (yeah, no need to get up from your lawn chair for this one, V), but for sweet potato fries I really like Li Hing powder (aka Taiwanese dried plum powder).

                            Folks from Fromosa usually put the stuff on tropical fruits (like pineapples, mangoes, watermelons, etc.), but, me, I like it on my spuds. The red/orange kind.

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                              Veggo RE: ipsedixit Dec 9, 2013 10:14 AM

                              In Mexico, mild chile powder, usually ancho, is often sprinkled on fresh fruit cups, mostly mango and pineapple, and corn on the cob, with mayo.
                              Ipse, I'm comfy in my hammock at the moment.

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                              SaraAshley RE: Veggo Dec 9, 2013 02:52 PM

                              I like lots of ketchup with my fries, too! Lets get married! :)

                            3. monavano RE: Monica Dec 9, 2013 09:12 AM

                              The sweet potato fry can not hold a candle to the potato fry!
                              I like them, don't get me wrong, but it's just not the same.
                              If sweet fries come with an entree, I'm kinda bummed.

                              1. monavano RE: Monica Dec 9, 2013 09:14 AM

                                BTW, I got a bag of Alexia waffle sweet potato fries because I thought it would be a different treat for my in-laws for lunch.
                                Blech! Soggy and wimpy... should have stuck with my Zesties.

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                                  Monica RE: monavano Dec 9, 2013 09:36 AM

                                  Try trader joe's...

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                                    monavano RE: Monica Dec 9, 2013 09:42 AM

                                    Will do-- have one nearby.

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                                    WishyFish RE: monavano Dec 9, 2013 05:46 PM

                                    I got the seasoned ones and I LOVE THEM SO MUCH! They aren't soggy at all when I make em. I always bake way longer than suggested though cuz I like that crispity crunch.

                                  3. BiscuitBoy RE: Monica Dec 9, 2013 09:25 AM

                                    It's nice to steal a SP fry or 2 from someone else's plate...but I prefer regular french fries

                                    1. ipsedixit RE: Monica Dec 9, 2013 10:04 AM

                                      Y'all missing out.

                                      Taro Fries are the new *it* thing for 2014.

                                      I'm calling my spud shot now.

                                      1. biondanonima RE: Monica Dec 9, 2013 12:44 PM

                                        I love sweet potato fries, especially with blue cheese salad dressing. I almost never eat fries of any kind, but if I want them and sweet potato is an option, I'll go sweet probably 80% of the time. I don't think they're any healthier, I just love them!

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                                          Veggo RE: biondanonima Dec 9, 2013 01:18 PM

                                          Oooh. I like the idea of blue cheese dressing with SP fries.

                                        2. Ttrockwood RE: Monica Dec 9, 2013 02:33 PM

                                          I rarely order fries at a restaurant, but often make baked sweet potato fries at home with olive oil, S&P and some smoked paprika. I once bought those sweet potato tots from trader joes- pretty good!

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                                            mike0989 RE: Monica Dec 9, 2013 02:55 PM

                                            No sweet potato fries please, I just don't like them. Ideal for me is a twice fried regular fry. Preferably from a Burbank russet.

                                            1. fldhkybnva RE: Monica Dec 9, 2013 04:12 PM

                                              Regular french fries. I don't eat them often and when I do I want the real thing. I also enjoy sweet potato fries but only when someone else makes them and they are hot, crisp and not soggy which is difficult to achieve. I haven't mastered it.

                                              1. Will Owen RE: Monica Dec 9, 2013 04:39 PM

                                                I like SP fries better than I thought I would, and if I were just getting an order to snack on alone, or maybe to accompany a ham sandwich, they would be more interesting than a pile of French fries, unless those were perfectly twice-fried. But any chef who gives me SP fries on my order of steak-frites is gonna get it thrown at him.

                                                I'm sure SP fries are healthier, with more nutrients and lower High-G carbs, but I'm remembering what the South Beach Diet guy said about fries being better for you than baked or plain boiled potato, just because the fat slows down the starch-to-sugar process. I'd like to ask him if all the butter and sour cream I like on baked potatoes makes them healthier too … ;-)

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                                                  WishyFish RE: Monica Dec 9, 2013 05:42 PM

                                                  I like sweet potatoes fries and will sometimes get them for a change up but garlic fries will always and forever trump everything else. Followed by truffle fries. And with french fries dipped in a ranch/ketchup mixture being my old beloved standby. In fact I'm having that with dinner.

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                                                    tastesgoodwhatisit RE: Monica Dec 9, 2013 06:46 PM

                                                    I don't distinguish at all by health - once you've deep fried something, arguing over whether regular potatoes or sweet potatoes are 'better for you' is pretty silly.

                                                    I like sweet potato fries on occasion, but will usually go for regular French fries. If vinegar is available, it's no contest (sweet potatoes and vinegar aren't as tasty).

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                                                      vttp926 RE: Monica Dec 9, 2013 06:47 PM

                                                      If they have sweet potato fries I am getting that over regular fries unless it is garlic fries. But I rather have some other side then fries if possible. I know at one point in time I would eat all other sides but french fries because one of my former roommates would fry up french fries every single day and the oil would linger in the entire apt every single day. So gross. Took me a couple years to start eating french fries again.

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                                                        tastesgoodwhatisit RE: vttp926 Dec 9, 2013 11:49 PM

                                                        I think my order of preference would be

                                                        chip truck fries with malt vinegar > really good regular fries with vinegar > good garlic fries > poutine made with real cheese curds > good fries with gravy > beef fat fried McDonalds fries > spicy fries with ketchup > regular fries with ketchup or mayo > sweet potato fries.

                                                        Sadly, of the top six, I can only find one locally.

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                                                          WishyFish RE: tastesgoodwhatisit Dec 10, 2013 06:01 PM

                                                          Oh!! This reminded me of curry fries. Oh yes. Those are the tops for me.

                                                      2. Bryan Pepperseed RE: Monica Dec 10, 2013 06:06 AM

                                                        For the most part, my current choices are based on style of fries as opposed to possible food pairings....

                                                        Tater tots = Sweet (Always)
                                                        Shoestring/Straight cut = Regular (Always)
                                                        Crinkle = Sweet (usually)
                                                        Curly = Regular (Always)
                                                        Waffle = Toss up
                                                        Steak = Toss up, but leaning towards regular

                                                        However, I'm pretty sure that both "fish and sweet chips" and a burger with sweet are violations.

                                                        1. Monica RE: Monica Dec 10, 2013 07:03 AM

                                                          So most people here still prefer french fries over sweet potato fries. Funny last time I went to a local hamburger joint, most people ordered sweet potato fries.

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                                                            mamachef RE: Monica Dec 10, 2013 07:23 AM

                                                            Do you mind if I ask where you are? this is interesting to me.

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                                                              Monica RE: mamachef Dec 10, 2013 07:31 AM

                                                              I work in Manhattan. The last burger place I went is called Clarke's standard which serves sweet potato waffles and when I was waiting for my burger, I noticed that there were more sweet potato fries orders than regular fries. One thing to keep in mind is that most customers were youngish...

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                                                                mamachef RE: Monica Dec 10, 2013 03:14 PM


                                                          2. RealMenJulienne RE: Monica Dec 10, 2013 08:26 AM

                                                            My dad grew up on a farm and he always told me sweet potatoes were only good for feeding pigs. I'm inclined to agree. The sweet potato fry is a wretched perversion of one of the world's most perfect foods and will never cross my lips again.

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                                                              pumpkinspice RE: Monica Dec 10, 2013 11:19 AM

                                                              Hard choice for me…really depends on my mood but if I am out with my hubby (who always gets regular fries) then I will order sweet potato fries. Usually what ends up happening is I eat my SP fries, and half of reg fries (since he doesn’t like em). Win for me!

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                                                                Monica RE: pumpkinspice Dec 10, 2013 11:36 AM

                                                                He doesn't like french fries? Sounds like an exotic species from out of plannet.

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                                                                  pumpkinspice RE: Monica Dec 10, 2013 11:48 AM

                                                                  Haha no sorry I was not clear, he LOVES fries (but I guess he must love me more to let me snatch some). He doesn't like sweet potato fries very much!

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                                                                wincountrygirl RE: Monica Dec 10, 2013 03:19 PM

                                                                I love them both, but a fry with ketchup is still my favorite. We have a local restaurant that does a mix of both - hand made fries and sweet potato fries all in one serving. It's great!

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                                                                  tangoking RE: Monica Jan 1, 2014 10:53 PM

                                                                  Sweet potato fries are healthier

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