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I Love French Fries!

If you DON’T love French fries, I don’t think we can be friends. If you have read some of my past posts, you may have caught that when I was a kid, fries were one of the only things I would eat. Back then, I just liked them plain. I didn’t even dip them! How can you ignore the endless dipping possibilities?! Luckily I have come to my senses and here’s three flavors that are better than any over-salted fast food French fries.

To start, I cut three russet potatoes into wedges and preheated the oven to 450 degrees. Baking instead of frying is a lot healthier and you don’t end up with greasy fries that taste like hot oil. I didn’t measure any of this out, so I’m not labeling these as recipes. I just made sure they were evenly and generously coated in the oils and spices I used.

  1. Salt & Vinegar. Here’s an easy one to start. I used rice vinegar, but malt or even white wine vinegar would work. I tossed the wedges from my first potato in the vinegar and seasoned with sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Done.
  2. Garlic Parmesan Truffle. Now we’re getting fancy. I tossed these in a little white truffle oil. A little goes a long way! Then seasoned with minced garlic and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. I also added a little extra Parmesan when they came out of the oven, because… cheese.
  3. Spicy Cajun. This is a dry rub. I combined some onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne and paprika and coated the last of the wedges. You could make this even easier by using a premade Cajun seasoning.

I put them all on the same baking sheet and cooked them for about 35 minutes. Keep an eye on them, because depending on the size of the potatoes, they could cook faster or slower. When the fries are golden brown and you can cut through them with a fork, they’re done.

And don’t forget the dips! I used some truffle ketchup, which is literally just stirring a small amount of truffle oil into ketchup, and some sour cream that I mixed with some onion flakes and fresh chives.

Try any of these and I guarantee you’ll never go back to making plain old French fries ever again.

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