Friday, July 02, 2010

buckets of baked french fries


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If there was one thing I had to eat every day for the rest of my life it would be potatoes- I LOVE POTATOES- in my opinion, they in every way. (Yes...I eat carbs and lots of them!!) And the yummiest thing to make with potatoes would be french fries! I am always experimenting with different versions of french fries and so far this recipe from Food and Wine is my favorite way to make baked french fries-simple, healthy and full of flavor. I have tweaked the recipe a little and created my own unique dipping sauce and served them up in cute little tin buckets- a perfect side dish for a 4th of July cookout


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Start by cutting potatoes into strips- the key to a well cooked, crispy french fry is evenly cut strips- in my opinion :)


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Once the strips are cut, transfer to a bowl


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Drizzle olive oil and toss- make sure all fries are covered with olive oil


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Lay the fries in one layer on a baking sheet.


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Bake in the oven at around 400-425 degrees or until crispy and brown (turn the fries in order to get both sides crispy)


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While the fries are baking, prepare fresh herbs and garlic for flavor.
My herbs are growing like crazy right now so I picked sage, parsley, oregano and rosemary.


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Mince the herbs.


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Toss the herbs into a bowl and add minced or chopped garlic.


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Mix together.


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When the french fries are a nice crispy golden brown on both sides, add the herb and garlic mixture over the top. Cook for another 5 minutes or until the garlic is browned.


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I don't like ketchup (weird eh?) so I decided to make some simple and unique dipping sauces with some of my favorite flavors.

Curry Dipping Sauce-
Generous sprinkle of curry powder
Mayo
1 pinch of sugar or a drizzle of honey

Spicy Mustard Dipping Sauce
spicy brown mustard
Mayo
salt and pepper

Cilantro Dipping Sauce
Cilantro pesto (left over from this recipe)
or finely minced cilantro
mayo


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I filled little paper condiment cups (leftover from this project) with the different sauces.


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Remove the french fries from the oven and toss with salt and pepper.


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Now for the fun part! I found these cute little red, white and blue tin buckets in the $1 section at Target and knew they would be perfect to use for serving up my french fries this weekend! (After this weekend I will use them in my garden)


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I lined each of the buckets with parchment paper


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and added heaps of french fries- insert mouth watering here :)


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Last, I topped each bucket with a different dipping sauce

yum

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