I did a TV segment today, and made crispy oven fries, with homemade seasoned salt and two dipping sauces. There were a huge hit, and so easy to make. Plus, hello! Super Bowl is just around the corner, and we need some delicious (yet healthier) snacks.
Of course you can use any seasoning that you like, if you don’t want to bother making your own. Garlic salt, Cajun seasoning, even Old Bay will all work beautifully. But truthfully, nothing beats the homemade stuff, especially this slightly smokey, cheesy, garlic salt. Same thing goes for the sauces. You could do a standard ketchup, but would’t you rather have Garlic Ketchup and Creamy Sriracha Sauce?
The fries bake up beautifully in a home oven. Just make sure to use parchment paper with a small mist of pan spray (or a touch more olive oil). As far as soaking the potatoes, it works great. But, if like me, you sometimes find yourself rushed to get dinner on the table, you can skip that step. Just make sure that you rinse the cut potatoes really well in cold water, and dry as much of the water off as you can. The water will remove the extra starch, giving your fries a much better texture. Drying them keeps the fries from getting soggy.
Oh, and if you are just as fry crazy as you are appliance crazy, I have been going bonkers over the TFal ActiFry (air fryer). You make the fries the same way, but instead of baking them in the oven, you throw them in this little robot looking device. The fries come out super crispy, and de-licious! But anyway you cut it, crispy oven fries rule!
Let me know if you give the fries a try. I think you’re really going to like them!
Julie’s Oven Baked Fries with Smoky Garlic Salt and Two Dipping Sauces
3 large Russet or baking potatoes, cut into 1/4- to 1/2-inch-thick sticks
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray
Soak the cut potatoes in ice water for 20 to 30 minutes. While the potatoes are soaking, in a small bowl mix together the nutritional yeast flakes, dried parsley, granulated garlic, salt, pepper, and smoked paprika.
Blot the potatoes on a clean towel to remove all of the moisture.
In a large bowl, toss the potatoes with the oil and sprinkle with some of the seasoning mixture.
Spread the potatoes in a single layer. Bake until crisp and golden brown, about 35 minutes, flipping the fries halfway through.
Sprinkle with additional seasoning if needed. Serve the fries right away with the dipping sauces on the side.
Creamy Sriracha Dipping Sauce
1/4 cup light eggless mayo (such as Vegenaise)
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
2 teaspoons sriracha, or to taste
In a small bowl, whisk together the mayo, sesame oil and sriracha until smooth.
Garlic Ketchup Dipping Sauce
1/2 cup organic ketchup
2 cloves garlic, pressed or finely mined
In a small bowl, whisk together the ketchup and garlic until mixed
Copyright 2014 Julie Hasson