Tuesday, June 1, 2010
So my brother was reading his monthly fitness magazine and frequently shares some interesting tidbits that he runs across. He read a "chef secret" for making oven baked fries crunchier in the oven. The magazine said:
"Many restaurants double fry spuds to make them extra crispy. Get the same result by boiling the sliced potatoes for 2 to 3 minutes (to release the moisture), then draining, tossing with olive oil and baking."
So I tried it. The fries were good. They got crispy-ish. I'm not sure it was leaps and bounds different from just cutting them and sticking them in the oven with out the preboiling. I don't make fries like this too often so I really can't compare.
Either way, these fries were good. The kids went crazy for them.
Oven Crunchy French Fries
Adapted from Fitness Magazine/May 10
2 lbs. potatoes, washed and scrubbed
1 tbsp. olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese (optional)
Put pot on stove with water, bring to a boil. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, spray with a bit of cooking spray. Cut the potatoes into wedges, place in boiling water for about 3 minutes, drain and put into a bowl.** Add olive oil and toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Put on the foil lined pan in a single layer. Bake at 450 for about 12 minutes. Turn potatoes, sprinkly with parmesan cheese if using. Bake for 10 - 15 minutes more until tender and crunchy as desired. This will vary depending how thick you cut your potatoes.
Total calories without parmesan cheese = 968 calories
6 servings = 161 calories per serving
**A magazine said this helps to release the moisture allowing them to crisp more in the oven.
Maple Glazed Pork Loin + Apple Slaw + Oven Baked Fries = 473 calorie dinner
Calories calculated from calorieking.com. Some numbers are approximate and rounded.