Sunday, July 18, 2010

Baked Mixed Fries

One of my favorite Food Rules - Eat all the junk food you want if you make it yourself. These delicious potato strips can be enjoyed guilt free if baked or if you're feeling glutinous go hard and fry em. I like to use sweet potatoes and Yukon Golds - Russets and Purples are great as well!
BAKING: season w/ s&p fresh rosemary and drizzle with olive oil. On a baking sheet bake @ 400 degrees for 45 mins shaking the pan every 15 mins so fries don't stick. 
FRYING:  soak in cold water for a few mins and pat dry before frying. Use peanut or canola oil for frying in a deep pot with a few cups of oil - do not fill more then half the pot and be careful of splattering oil - it will burn the crap out of your poor hands if not careful. Use a slotted spoon or a small frying basket. Only put a few handfuls in at a time They need room to fry and maintain the right temperature (about 365 degrees for 2-3 mins) and place on a rack or paper towel for excess oil to drain. You should fry each batch twice to make them perfectly crispy (until golden brown) and season after frying. You can also blanch your fries in water before frying - you will only need to fry them once for this. Seasoning: salt, celery salt, paprika, chili powder, cayan powder, cumin black pepper - or you can buy a pre packages spice blend cajun is one of my faves. 

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