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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Veggie Wednesday ~ Baked French Fries

If not for the huge bag of precut potatoes in my freezer, I would have posted another recipe for today. I end up with loads of vegetables, fruits and other stuff that I normally wouldn't buy / need when I send my husband to grocery shopping, which I should say is a frequent occurrence in my home. My husband needs no instructions from me when it comes to shopping and he can pick better quality stuff compared to me. I am glad about the latter part however he tends to be a compulsive buyer and brings home whaever catches his attention. And that's how I ended up recently with a lot of frozen appetizers including big bags of frozen precut shoestring potatoes. I had some other dish in mind for today but 'fries' seemed convenient as I could skip the chopping part.
French fries / Finger chips, one of the most common and popular snack foods at fast food restaurants really need no introduction. I guess everyone on this planet likes crispy, yummy fries. My daughter who dislikes any potato dish too enjoys these fries. Though traditionally deep fried, they can be enjoyed guilt free going by the oven method. If you are starting from scratch, peel the potatoes and cut them lengthwise into two. Then cut them into about 2 to 2.5 inch pieces with about 5 mm thickness. Place the potato pieces in cold water until ready to bake, to prevent them from browning. I like my fries crisp from outside and soft from inside, without browning them much and so that's how these were made.

Ingredients:
1 pound potatoes sliced into fingers
1.5 to 2 tbsp. oil 
Salt to taste

Method:
* Preheat the oven to 425 deg F. 
* Pour the oil over the potato slices and mix them with your hand to coat the slices with oil well uniformly. (If using greased frozen potato slices, skip this step.)
* Spread them in a single layer on a foil lined baking sheet. (Foil is for easy cleanup later.) 
* Bake for about 25 minutes, flipping them once or twice in between or until the desired crispness is reached. Keep a watch at the final minutes of baking to ensure that they are not burnt.
(I used a 18x12 inch baking sheet full of fries and 25 minutes was perfect. If using a small sized baking sheet or using less amount of fries, the baking time reduces.)
* Remove them from oven and sprinkle with salt.
* Serve them with ketchup.

14 comments:

Varadas Kitchen said...

They are a lovely even color. I have not tried frozen fries but I know what you mean about husband's and grocery stores. Happens in my house too. :)

vaishali sabnani said...

Oh it happens in our house too.. Husbands and grocery!!
But actually I wouldn't mind these beautiful baked fries. They are my weak point and the baked version surely is guilt free.

Srividhya said...

Lovely.. How you got the color like this yaar? Great

Srivalli said...

Lol nice reading your adventures with excess stuff on hand..guess all husbands are same!..would love to dig into those fries right now!

Usha said...

I had these only list but decided to go with the curry instead. Your fries turned out perfect , just like the deep fried ones.

Kalyani said...

Total crowd pleaser.. These look so good

Priya Suresh said...

Omg, looks like most of the hubbies are compulsive buyer, mine is also the same..Fries came out prefect with a super crispy texture.

Harini-Jaya R said...

They look very tempting. My kids will love these.

Rajani S said...

The fries look really good. And yes, everyone in this planet loves these :-). The husband story is not quite same though :D

Nivedhanams Sowmya said...

who can say no to these irresistible fries!!! yumm...

Pavani N said...

My husband is exactly opposite in shopping -- first of all he rarely goes grocery shopping and when he does, he'll stick to the list only :-)
Frozen french fries is very convenient for quick meals.

Nalini's Kitchen said...

Yummy looking,addictive and guilt free fries..

Saraswathi Tharagaram said...

Woow This fries looks like store bought one. And baked one sounds healthy..

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

The fries have come out really well!