Friday, July 02, 2010

buckets of baked french fries

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.

Mix together.

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




Kimber said...

These and the lights will go great together!
I could live on potatoes, especially baked french fries, if I really just had to! lol
Thanks for sharing!
Have a great 4th!

Unknown said...

Don't worry. I think if I had to eat one thing for the rest of my life (veggie wise) it would also be potatoes. I love them every way possible =)
thanks for the post.

Effie said...

All I can say is.... YUM!

jgr said...

Awesome! Thank you for this recipe, I can't wait to try it. Happy 4th!

Jessica said...

these might be the end of me. mmmmm

Jenny said...

Looks so yummy. There's a restaurant near me that serves chips (fries) and curry sauce - so good! Thanks for the recipe - now I can try it at home. Have a great holiday!

Kim W. said...

wow.... YUM! looks heavenly.. and totally adorable in the buckets! thanks for sharing! lovely!

Polexia said...

oh my goodness these look delicious! I feel the exact same way about those good ol' brown potatoes :D also, i dislike ketchup too (!) so i will be taking notes on those dressings ;)

Andrea said...

I love potatoes, and the little buckets are so cute!

MyBlueDog said...

OMG.. looks really gooood. Do you know what kind of potatoes you used or was it a generic "baking" potato? thanks for the step by step photos..

Jane LaFazio said...

so good, so decadent. Let me just say, I'm a little disappointed that you didn't paint the buckets! :-)

Kittyj said...

Ha! Now I KNOW my husband will love you too!!! Excellent!

Denise T Designs said...

You were absolutely reading my mind....or was I reading yours? anyways, these are still on my list for the 4th---I think I'll add a twist and fix them like you did! yum.
Enjoy your 4th!

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Shoozles said...

I love when you do food blogs, I just did one on my garden and making fresh salad :) And I just took photos of fish tacos I made So I'll be blogging that soon. You are so inspiring Alisa, thank you.

Gilding Lilies said...

These look so yummy! I love them in the colorful buckets, great idea.

Blondi Blathers said...

Alisa, if you love potatoes you MUST see this video:

My husband can't live without potatoes so this might be his theme song.

Kylie said...

Oh wow! I cannot stand ketchup, and I always get strange looks from people. I am definitely going to have to try these.

Barefoot Driver Studio said...

Looks so good! Yummy!

Anonymous said...

Made these again tonight, thanks Alisa!

Rachel Biddlecome


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