Thursday, October 16, 2014

What? Healthy French Fries?

    Who doesn't like French Fries? Sure, I don't like the way the grease seems to line my insides or the way my stomach groans and pinches after eating them -- but they are super yummy while I'm eating them. Well, my family has come up with a way to make healthy french fries and we absolutely love them. They're perfect as a side dish or even a snacky-something-or-rather.
    Here's how we do it...

First wash your potatoes, cut them in wedges or strips and lay them on an ungreased cookie sheet.

    We don't peel the the potatoes because that's where all the vitamins are and they don't really change the fries too much. But, of course, even if you do peel yours, they will be more healthy than Wendy's fries.

    There are lots of ways to cut the potatoes. You can make them look like traditionally-shaped fries (pictured above), but the wedge shaped ones (pictured below) taste just the same as the others.

Melt your oil. We use coconut oil for our fries because it's healthier, but you can use vegetable oil.

    Coating them with oil used to be the hardest part. We used to baste them with a brush, but we decided that just wasn't efficient. So then we put oil in a Tupperware along with the fries and coated them by shaking the Tupperware, but then we got oily hands afterwards as we lined them up on the sheet.
    NOW, we put the oil in a spray bottle and spray the fries. EASY and kind of fun. My little brothers and sisters stick around and eagerly volunteer to do this job so I can do some cleaning up while they coat the fries. 

Make sure they are well coated -- then IMPORTANT: Sprinkle on the salt.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until they are as crispy as you like them.
Sample a frie from the oven and decide whether they need to bake for longer or not.

    Serve with sandwiches (cucumber sandwiches are my favorite!), soup, meat, or nothing. You can even make you own honey-mustard sauce (just mix honey and mustard in equal parts) to dip your fries in. Enjoy ... and if you have questions leave me a comment.

    Potatoes (red or gold)
    Oil (vegetable or coconut)
    Salt (sea or rock :)

    Wash and cut your potatoes into wedges (regular frie size or just a little bit bigger). Lay them on a cookie sheet and coat them with oil either by brushing them with oil (not recommended since it takes a LONG time), shaking them up in a Tupperware with the oil, or using a spray bottle full of your oil. After the potatoes are coated sprinkle them with the amount of salt you desire.
   Bake fries at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes. The thicker the fries the longer they need to bake. Principle: bake them until they are as crispy as you like them.

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