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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Super crispy fries

Super crispy fries

This recipe came about from my getting very bored with soggy oven fries.  Let admit it, going from deep fried fries to soggy oven fries is a hard transformation.  The goal of eating healthy and oil free is to enjoy what you are eating and not regret taking this path.  
I am amazed at how crispy and good tasting these fries are.  Although I always give a recipe, I encourage everyone to use it as a guide and not a rule.  Change what you want, experiment and try to improve or alter the taste to make it exciting for you.
For this recipe I used the following cornmeal.
I also cut my fries on my mandolin.  If you don't have one, you can cut by hand, just make sure they are thin cut. 

So, here is the easiest recipe:

2-3 medium russet potatoes, cleaned good and sliced into fries
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
4 T corn meal
salt and pepper to taste (salt is optional)

Pre-heat oven to 450*.  
While the oven is heating, clean and cut your fries.  I place in a large bowl of water with a little salt in them so they don't turn brown.  After all of them are cut, I wash and rinse two times.  Dump all the water out and dry the fries on several paper towels.  Lay out in one layer and sprinkle with seasonings.  Don't be afraid to use your hands and get the seasoning all over.  I dry the bowl out that I used to soak the potatoes, and put the fries back in it.  I sprinkle the corn meal on the fries and with both hands toss the fries to coat well.
Place fries on a parchment lined, or silicone lined pan in one layer.  This is important to good, crispy fries.  ONE LAYER.  If you have to use two pans, do so.
Put in the oven and bake for about 25 minutes.  If you are using two pans, rotate them so the pan on top is on the bottom and the bottom on top.  Then with a spatula flip the fries and rearrange on pan to cook the other side.
You want to watch them the second half of cooking to make sure they don't burn.  The goal is a nice crispy fry that is golden brown.  Sometimes they will take a little longer.  No harm in testing them out along the way.  
Remove from the oven and serve right away.  
Be creative with how you serve too.  They are great with a veggie burger or sandwich.  Try with gravy on top like they do in Canada.  For the main picture I put caramelized onions and mushrooms and guacamole on them.  (That is my new favorite way).  Experiment and enjoy the process!  


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