Now on to the "meat" of my post, but as the title implies, there's no actual meat. Having been a vegetarian for 5 years now, I've tried most every kind of meatless burger out there. Garden. Boca, Char-grilled. Black Bean. You name it, I've tried it. Now I have settled on a favorite brand, which also happens to be the cheapest at my grocery store. They're from Meredith Farms and offer selections from Garden Vegetable, Portabella, or Char-Grilled. I most often go for the Portabella, just for personal taste. Craving french fries last night, I decided to do a spin on the American Classic of a burger and fries. If you've never baked your own french fries, I STRONGLY suggest doing so. I'm addicted. Of course nothing tops a plate of fresh-out-of-the-fryer, salty plate of fries, these actually don't fall far. They're crispy, salty, and (drumroll please!) healthy! Potatoes are in fact healthy despite the bad rep from it's deep-fried counterparts. They're full of vitamins, minerals, and since I leave the skins on a bit of fiber. They regularly take about 40 minutes to bake to their golden deliciousness, but being ravenously hungry, I par-baked mine in the microwave this time around. Being too impatient to wait any longer, I said screw it, and took them out earlier than I should have, which you may notice in the picture. Regardless, the recipe to follow will guide you to golden baked perfection. There's a lot of ingredients so pay attention. (again, it's hard to pick up sarcasm when typing.)
Oven-Baked French Fries
serves 1, but easily expanded for more
1 potato ( I used an All-Purpose, but White Potatoes work well)
1 tsp oil
seasoning (old bay, cajun, garlic powder, etc)
Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees. If you want the short-cut preparation, which takes about 20 minutes instead of 40, wash and poke your potato, and microwave for about 2-3 minutes depending on it's size. If you are already baking something, it's appropriate to skip that part and follow the regular prep. Next, slice your potato into wedges. I do this by chopping off all four sides so that the potato resembles a rectangle, and slicing into thin wedges, but slice how ever you want. Put wedges on a baking sheet and drizzle with the oil. Next, sprinkle with salt and any other seasonings you like. I used old bay this time around which was rather tasty. Now toss to coat, making sure every wedge has a good dose of oil and seasoning.
Cruddy Photo due to lighting and a grumbling stomach. You get the point though.
Now bake in the oven for about 8 minutes if taking the shortcut, or 15-20 for the regular prep. Remove from the oven, and give them a good stir. Rotate the baking sheet and toss them bake in for another 10-15 minutes until golden and crispy. Enjoy pipin' hot with a side of ketchup.
Another cruddy photo. Thank you camera!
I served my fries alongside my burger topped with homemade ketchup, mustard, and romaine on some homemade wheat bread. Both recipes are soon to follow, if only I can perfect them! I hope you give these a try, since they are so simple and delicious, and a fair trade from deep frying. I may be assuming, but I think the oven is more often found in the average kitchen than a deep fryer. Unless your name's Paula Deen.
What's your favorite dipping sauce for fries?