Sep 1, 2010

Homemade Shoestring “French Fries”

Shoestring French Fries!!!

Everyone has that one guilty pleasure food that you just can’t say no to. I’ve already shared my baked good guilty pleasure of chocolate chip cookies but my close runner up would have to be french fries! Now, it’s not as bad as my love for chocolate chip cookies because I can actually say no to some varieties of french fries. For example, I don’t like home fries or big potato skins. To me, I’d rather just eat a baked potato if I were to go that route. I like crunchy fries over soft. Now, when Jor and I are out and we have the opportunity for fries, I always say NO! I’d be so nervous that I’d see the plate of fries in front of me one minute and then they’d be gone another; consumed all by me! So, instead, I leave the french fry ordering up to Jor and then I just steal two from his plate and my craving is satisfied. That’s all it takes! Back in the day though I wasn’t always able to limit myself to just two french fries! In elementary school it was always considered a fantastic day when french fries were on the lunch menu! My friends would go up and convince the lunch lady to fill a tray with a mountain of french fries for all of us to share! Good thing those days weren’t too often!

Growing up, my mom never served us french fries from the bag but instead made us her own homemade version. They were just sliced potatoes tossed in olive oil and herbs, sprinkled with parmesan cheese and baked in the oven (quite delicious)! They were always a favorite of mine and much healthier than the cafeteria’s! A few weeks ago I found a super easy recipe on Joy the Baker for some french fries and I decided to try them out! They were fantastic to say the least! They could not have been easier to make and they were crunchy, just the way I like them! Plus, the best part is, they were full of flavor, lived up to everything a french fry should be, BUT there was no frying which made these little french fries healthy! Who knew healthy and french fry could be all in the same sentence! I promise to all you french fry fans out there, you can eat these shoestring potatoes, fulfill your french fry craving but not feel guilty after eating a guilty pleasure! Isn’t that what we’re always striving for!

You’ll only need a few things:


(Adapted from Joy the Baker. Serves two people.)

  • 2 potatoes (I used Russet)
  • 1 tablespoon grape seed oil (olive is fine if that is all you have)
  • 1 teaspoon Herbes de Provence
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Like I said before, these are extremely easy. The part that takes the most work is the cutting. Wash your potatoes real well and I recommend leaving the skin on. That’s just my preference though. Cut the potato length wise into three pieces and then cut those slices into smaller potato “shoestrings”.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with tinfoil. Dribble a very tiny amount of oil on the pan and spread it around with a paper towel to help keep the potatoes from sticking to the pan while baking. With the potatoes sliced, put them on the baking sheet and toss with a little more of the grape seed or olive oil. Spread them all out evenly so everything gets evenly cooked and then sprinkle with some salt (I’m a fan of kosher salt for this).

Shoestring "french fries" ready for the oven!

Bake the potatoes for a total of 30-35 minutes. Every ten minutes or so you need to pull them from the oven and give them a little toss. This keeps things from sticking and helps keep everything cooking evenly. The time you leave them in the oven all depends on how crunchy you like them. As I said before, I’m a fan of crunchy so I left mine in closer to 35 minutes. Once they are to your liking, pull them out of the oven for good and sprinkle on the herbes de provence!! This adds a wonderful flavor and twist!

Golden Brown and Delicious!!

Your homemade french fries are complete!! They don’t take too much time or steal too much of your attention so they are actually quite easy to put together for a burger/turkey burger night. When we did these, Jor went out to the grill and I stayed in the kitchen baking these. I think I lucked out though, because the tedious part is slicing and then the rest is up to the oven! No messy frier needed and I promise you won’t miss any flavor without it! Now, as a french fry fan, I can’t lie to you and say that these are so fantastically wonderful that you will never again crave a true french fry! Go ahead and treat yourself to the real thing from time to time but when you’re at home reaching for the frozen bag of fries in your fridge, stop and think about treating yourself to something even better, more tasty and more satisfying! You’re gonna love em’! For now, that’s homemade shoestring “french fries”…in the shell of a nut!

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  • These were wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing all of these amazing recipes!

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