French fries are the perfect accompaniment to your favorite sandwich. I predict that once you try these sweet potato strings you will be clamoring for more of these crisp, salty, orange mini-fries on a regular basis. So yummy!! Serves 2-3
1 large sweet potato, peeled, rinsed, and dried
1 Tablespoon flour
Salt, to taste
Vegetable oil for frying
Place a large, heavy pot on the burner and fill with vegetable oil to about 2-3 inches deep. Heat the oil over medium-high heat to about 350-degrees. Also, preheat the oven to 200-degrees.
While the oil and oven are heating, use a mandolin to cut the sweet potato into matchsticks. Place them in a large bowl, sprinkle the flour over them, and toss to coat. Line a baking sheet with a couple of layers of paper towel and have ready to place the cooked strings on.
When the oil is hot, add about a quarter of the sweet potatoes to the pan, separating the strings with a slotted spoon or spider. (Don't add too many at once, as it will cool down the oil and create a situation where the oil could rise up over the edge of the pan, which is a fire hazard!) Fry until they turn a golden brown color, then scoop them out with a spider or slotted spoon, allowing the oil to drip off into the pan. Place on the paper towel lined pan and sprinkle with salt. Place them in the oven to keep warm while frying the remaining potatoes, adding each new batch to the pan and returning to the oven.