Saturday, December 30, 2006

Healthy Fries

Simple and easy, almost everyone loves french fries. Fries are usually a famous side dish in fast food restaurants complementing burgers, soft drinks, meat dishes and such. Despite its popularity, fries are commonly deep-fried and high in sodium content. They can be served with various condiments, such as tomato/chilli sauce, mustard, mayonnaise, tartar sauce, barbecue sauce, lemon and pickles.

I love fries. Sadly, it is laden with calories and articles about over consumptions of deep fried foods may cause cancer. However, kudos to Jamie Oliver for his brilliant idea of creating a healthier version of fries that is NOT fried. Weee... I can enjoy fries even more! This recipe was inspired by one of his many tv food series. I can't recall which was it though. The potatoes are parboiled and baked. This method made me curious and skeptical that the potatoes might not be crisp. I had to try it.

I wedged the potatoes instead of frenching it. Mum wanted some sweet potatoes as well. Suprisingly, both the results were as crispy as deep-fried frenched potatoes! Mine was accompanied with home made burgers for dinner. Easy and healthier, I hardly buy french fries from fast food outlets anymore.

Baked Herbal? Fries

Russet potatoes
Mixed herbs
Extra virgin olive oil

Clean, peel and wedge the potatoes. Parboil the potatoes. It is done when a fork slides in with just a little give.
Preheat oven to 200°C. Drain and toss potatoes with mixed herbs and salt to taste. Drizzle olive oil over the potatoes. Spread onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 30 minutes or until potatoes are brown and crisp.

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