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Dec 9, 2013 07:05 AM

French fries or sweet potato fries

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. 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. 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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      1. re: mamachef

        ...but...but...sweet potato has more vitamin

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

        1. re: Monica

          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.

          1. re: mamachef

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

            1. re: Monica

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

        2. re: mamachef

          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.

        3. 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. 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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            1. re: ipsedixit

              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. :)

              1. re: mamachef

                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. 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.