I love sweet potatoes. Whether they’re in French fry form or they’re whole potatoes that have been roasted in the oven, split open, and slathered with butter and salt (and cinnamon and brown sugar if I’m feeling indulgent), sweet potatoes when cooked and seasoned well offer that satisfying balance of sweet and salty flavors. I like picking up bags of frozen sweet potato fries when Aldi sells them occasionally, but I can also get frozen sweet potato fries at Aldi’s cousin, Trader Joe’s.
Trader Joe’s Sweet Potato Frites cost 1.99 for a 15-ounce bag at the time of publication.
Frites, according to Dictionary.com, is the French word for French fries. English speakers may use the word simply to make the dish sound fancier.
These are sold frozen and are kosher.
Ingredients are: sweet potatoes, soybean oil, unbleached wheat flour, wheat starch, salt, leavening agents (sodium acid pyrophosphate and sodium bicarbonate), extractives of paprika, and xanthan gum.
If you’re watching out for allergens, these contain wheat and soy.
There are about five servings per container. One 3-ounce serving (84 grams, or about 12 pieces) has 150 calories, 8 grams of total fat (10% DV), 1 gram of saturated fat (5% DV), no cholesterol, 135 mg of sodium (6% DV), 19 grams of total carbohydrates (7% DV), 2 grams of dietary fiber (7% DV), 7 grams of total sugars, no added sugars, and 2 grams of protein.
The package has instructions for baking in an oven or deep frying.
To bake, preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread frozen sweet potato frites evenly on a baking sheet in a single layer. Cook for approximately 18-22 minutes or until desired color and crispness are achieved. Serve immediately.
To deep fry, preheat cooking oil in a deep fryer to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. The deep fryer should not be more than half full of oil. Fill the fryer basket half full of frozen sweet potato frites. Use caution as you lower the basket into the hot oil. Fry 1 1/2 minutes to obtain desired color and crispness. Drain on paper towels, season if desired, and serve hot.
I opted to heat these in my air fryer, which took about 25 minutes.
The bag offers some suggestions for what to serve these with, including dishes such as glazed pork chops, herbed chicken breasts, or burgers. You can also serve these frites with aioli or a dipping sauce of your choice, or even serve them with butter and maple syrup.
I ate these frites dipped in some garlic aioli I picked up from Aldi this past summer, and I served them alongside some grilled butterflied lamb leg, grilled bacon-wrapped shrimp, and Caesar salad. The sweet potato frites were crisp on the outside with soft sweet potato filling on the inside. They’re a solid choice if you like sweet potato fries.
Trader Joe’s Sweet Potato Frites are your classic sweet potato French fries. They can be baked or deep fried, or we opted to air fry ours. They turned out crispy on the outside and soft and sweet on the inside. Recommended.