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
Start by cutting potatoes into strips- the key to a well cooked, crispy french fry is evenly cut strips- in my opinion :)
Once the strips are cut, transfer to a bowl
Drizzle olive oil and toss- make sure all fries are covered with olive oil
Lay the fries in one layer on a baking sheet.
Bake in the oven at around 400-425 degrees or until crispy and brown (turn the fries in order to get both sides crispy)
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.
Mince the herbs.
Toss the herbs into a bowl and add minced or chopped garlic.
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.
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
1 pinch of sugar or a drizzle of honey
Spicy Mustard Dipping Sauce
spicy brown mustard
salt and pepper
Cilantro Dipping Sauce
Cilantro pesto (left over from this recipe)
or finely minced cilantro
I filled little paper condiment cups (leftover from this project) with the different sauces.
Remove the french fries from the oven and toss with salt and pepper.
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)
I lined each of the buckets with parchment paper
and added heaps of french fries- insert mouth watering here :)
Last, I topped each bucket with a different dipping sauce