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Posted Feb 18, 2011 in Food | 0 Comments

Modern Hostess: Not-so-French Fries

Fries are probably one of my most favourite things to eat.  I love it all- the crisp, oily, flavourful coating, the soft, mushy, starchy potato filling, and of course that perfectly salty deliciousness that only a French fry can provide. And the dipping sauces – so many wonderful possibilities! If I could, I would probably eat fries with every meal. But that would be both unhealthy and tedious. So when it comes to fries, I’m always looking to shake things up, in a healthy direction if possible. Thus, I have created a recipe for fries that offers everything a typical French fry does and more! My Cajun-flavoured Sweet Potato Fries are not only tasty- they’re actually pretty healthy! Who would have thought this was possible??

The secret to creating healthy fries has finally come to me after spending numerous years trying to bake fries in the oven, and then feeling disappointed when they did not taste as good as their deep-fried counterparts. And now I am about to share this secret with you… parchment paper. Parchment paper is a multipurpose kitchen tool that I have always used when baking cookies (it’s a great way to ensure that the bottom of the cookies don’t burn). I had no idea it could also be used to crunch up oven-baked potatoes. As it turns out, the parchment paper ‘s silicone coating allows the fries to get crispy without sticking to the bottom of the pan. Ingenious!

You could make the recipe below with regular potatoes, but I just love sweet potatoes (or yams, as they are sometimes called). They’re high in complex carbohydrates (which means they are digested at a lower rate, thus leaving you feeling fuller longer) and packed with lots of nutrients, such as vitamin A and dietary fibre. Not only that, but in my opinion, they are more flavourful than regular potatoes. If you haven’t tried them, you are truly missing out.

Serving dipping sauces for fries makes them an even more delightful treat! Of course, you could go with the classic ketchup, but people have come up with tons of interesting options: mayo, honey, and BBQ sauce seem to be popular… I have a friend who loves dipping her fries in ice cream! My personal favourite? Aioli, which basically is a garlic-flavoured mayonnaise. I make it really easy on myself by using store-bought mayonnaise as the base for it, and adding flavours that I believe make it an irresistible accompaniment to these tasty sweet potato fries. The next time you’re craving fries, whether it be for a side dish or as a tasty snack, try this easy and delicious recipe. Enjoy!!

Sweet Potato Fries with Lemon Aioli

Sweet Potato Fries Ingredients:

-2 large sweet potatoes
-2-3 tbsp olive oil
-2 tbsp Cajun spice
-Salt and pepper, to taste.

Directions:

-Preheat oven to 400ºF.
-Slice potatoes into thin strips (the thinner you slice them, the crisper they will get!).
-In a large bowl, combine potatoes with olive oil and seasonings.
-Spread potatoes on a single layer on parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
-Bake at 400ºF for 30-35 minutes, or until potatoes have reached desired crispness. Allow to cool in baking sheet for several minutes before serving.
-Serve with lemon aioli (recipe below) or another type of mayonnaise, such as spicy mayo.

Lemon Aioli Ingredients:

-1 cup mayonnaise
-1 lemon, zested
-1/2 lemon, juiced.
-1 clove garlic, minced.
-2-3 tbsps fresh basil or parsley, minced.
-Salt and pepper, to taste.

Directions:

Combine all ingredients. Chill in refrigerator until ready to use.

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