Sweet Potato Fries

Recipe Intro

Sweet potatoes are a great vegetable to teach out physical and chemical changes produced by cooking.

Nutritional Sentence

Sweet Potatoes are a rich source of Beta-carotene, Pantothenic acid, and Vitamin B.

Recipe Time

30 minutes

Ingredients

3 large sweet potatoes
Oil
Salt
Pepper

Materials

Burner
Pan
Peelers
Knives/cutters
Cutting boards

Directions

  1. Cut the sweet potatoes into big slices so that it is easier for students to handle. You can peel them or leave them unpeeled.
  2. Cut the chunks into small, bite-sized cubes. For this one, make sure that the cubes are pretty small: sweet potatoes take a while to cook, so the smaller pieces will cook faster.
  3. Heat some oil in the pan over medium-high heat.
  4. Cook the sweet potatoes until they are golden-brown. This will take about 10-15 minutes, depending on how small the pieces are.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe Notes

This is an excellent lesson to explore chemical and physical changes. Have students try a piece of raw sweet potato and note its flavor and any other characteristics. After cooking, taste the fries. Did they get sweeter even though we didnÍt add any sugar? Did the smell change? Is it still crunchy or did it get softer? What physical changes did we cause to the sweet potatoes?