French Fries 6 Ways
Let’s cut to the chase: French fries are a go-to in pretty much any household – especially if you have kids.
What’s our love affair with fries all about? The salty, crunchy taste is part of it, but it’s also in the options. Fries scream to be paired with sauces and toppings, and we’ve got you covered with some of the best. Make your own – or better yet, start from frozen and save yourself the trouble – no fryer necessary.
1. Classic Baked Sweet Potato French Fries
Non-stick cooking spray
2 large sweet potatoes
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Line a baking sheet with foil and coat with non-stick cooking spray
2. Cut sweet potatoes in half, lengthwise, and place flat side down on a cutting board. Slice into 1-inch wide wedges
3. In a large mixing bowl, toss potatoes with olive oil, thyme, salt and pepper
4. Lay the potatoes, cut side down, on prepared baking sheet and place on the bottom rack of the oven
5. Once potatoes begin to soften, about 15 minutes, flip them over. Continue cooking for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, or until potatoes begin to brown. Serve warm
2. Parmesan Eggplant Fries
1 cup flour
3 tablespoons salt, divided
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1 medium eggplant
1. Preheat oven to 425 F. Insert a wire rack into a large baking sheet
2. Whisk flour, 2 tbsp salt and pepper in a bowl. Beat the eggs in a medium bowl. Combine the panko and the Parmesan in another bowl
3. Slice off ends of eggplant, then cut in half lengthwise, slice into 1/2-inch layers, and then into 1/2-inch sticks
4. Drop fries into flour and toss to coat. Working in small batches, dip the floured fries into the egg and then into the panko mixture
5. Place the fries in a single layer on the wire rack in the baking sheet
6. Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Season with 1 tbsp salt
3. Ballpark Garlic Fries
While your fries are baking, combine 2 to 4 cloves of garlic with olive oil and parsley. Whisk them together and, once the fries are done, toss them in the mixture and serve.
4. Samosa Fries
Using a mild curry powder as a base, combine equal parts cinnamon, granulated ginger, cloves and black pepper. Pair samosa fries with curry, tandoori chicken or veggie burgers for a full-on twist on Indian cuisine.
5. Smoked Fries
Whip up a dry rub mixture of equal parts paprika, sea salt, granulated garlic, onion powder and dried parsley. Generously season the fries for a full-bodied, smoky experience that complements grilled or barbecued food perfectly. Pair these fries with a nice salad and a creamy dressing for an excellent way to bring out those flavors of smoke and spice.
6. Zesty Taco Fries
Season freshly fried potatoes with an equal blend of chili powder, cayenne, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika and cumin. Whisk the spices together, and then toss with the fries.
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