Sometimes it's nice to veer from the norm.
Like this weekend. We did something we wouldn't normally do. We actually went outside and enjoyed the sunshine.
That sounds sad. What I mean is that there has actually been sunshine in Vancouver, so we have been able to go out and enjoy it. We went to a regional park and to a suspension bridge that goes over waterfalls. It is really gorgeous and I highly recommend it if you ever make it to Vancouver, BC.
Here is Mr Carla's Confections, pretending to love it, and all the while being completely and utterly freaked out. He is not a fan of unstable ground, nor is he a fan of heights. But he sucked it up and made it over the bridge without one complaint! Great job honey!
I, on the other hand, thoroughly enjoyed looking down and taking pictures of how high we were! The water below was just stunning!
There were tiny waterfalls everywhere. I should have snapped more pictures, but I was really enjoying taking it all in with my eyes.
Lynn Canyon Park if you make it up here, and definitely go over the suspension bridge. You will not be disappointed!
I am veering from the norm in both that I am posting savory all this week, which is definitely out of the norm, and also that this is the first time I have made fries from scratch rather than the frozen variety. I am telling you, this will become my new norm. Never again will I buy the frozen stuff.
I have already made homemade fries three times since the first time, and I am sad to say it has been less than a week. Yes, we have ingested plenty of carbs this week, but it's all in the name of blogging, and I get to feel a little better about it since it has all fresh ingredients (besides some spices), and no preservatives. #winning!
Sorry I just said that. I actually cannot stand Charlie Sheen. I retract that hashtag. ;)
Homemade fries are so incredibly simple and take LESS time to bake than frozen fries. So basically, with the prep, it takes the same amount of time to make fresh fries as it does to bake the frozen ones.
And the prep takes a max of ten minutes. If you are going at snail pace. Seriously, the extra five minutes of cutting the potatoes is worth every second for this homemade, fresh taste of easy oven-baked garlic fries.
You can add whatever seasonings you like to them, and make them totally your own. Have fun with them, try new seasonings every time, and you'll never get bored with these homemade fries!
I use my Oxo Good-Grips Zester/Grater to grate the garlic straight into the bowl with the fries and seasonings. I actually use this grater/zester any time I use garlic. It is so much easier than chopping, and this makes the garlic into really small pieces so you don't bite into a huge chunk of garlic. Thank you Rachael Ray!
Disclaimer: Oxo has no idea who I am, they did not compensate me to say that. I'm just sharing products I love to use!
Tip for using zesters and graters as a whole. Rinse them off RIGHT AWAY after using them. Trust me. You don't have to wash them all the way right off, but if you just rinse off the garlic/cheese/etc right away, you'll save so much time not having to scrub the zester later and risk ruining your sponge or whatever while scrubbing. Not that I speak from experience or anything...
Give the potatoes a good wash, slice into 1/4" slices, toss with olive oil, garlic, chopped fresh parsley, salt, pepper, paprika and onion flakes (this one is optional) and bake.
Make sure you line your baking tray with foil, and very important: SPRAY foil with non-stick spray. I did this three times, twice with spraying and once without. And yes. You really need to spray the foil. Just trust me on this one.
Oh and a quick little note on the dip you see in the back. This is a dip I grew up with. It feels very white trash to tell you the recipe for it, but making it takes me back to being a kid and having frozen chicken strips and fries for an easy weeknight dinner. I loved this dip (still do) and still to this day use it for fries and burgers. I used to call it special sauce. Like I said, it feels white trash, but it's just mayonnaise and ketchup mixed together, and I added a bit of paprika to season slightly. Please tell me you made this or a similar dip when you were a kid. It'll make me feel better about myself ;)
1 small-medium potato serves 1 person
- 1 small to medium potato per person
- 1 clove garlic
- 1-2 Tbsp olive oil, as needed
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
- freshly ground salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 tsp onion flakes (optional, but I love the crispy little bits)
- Preheat oven to 450F/230C. Line a baking sheet with foil AND spray foil with non-stick spray. Don't skip this step!!!
- Wash your potatoes, and using a sharp knife, cut into 1/4 inch fry slices.
- Place in a bowl, and add in remaining ingredients, grating the garlic straight into the bowl, give a good toss, and lay out flat on the foiled and sprayed baking sheet.
- Bake for 20-30 minutes, depending on size and amount of fries, making sure to check on them and stir them a couple times at least. Bake until golden and crispy as desired.
- Allow to cool slightly before consuming. Eat in one sitting. I don't think they will be good the next day.
ANOTHER NOTE: you may be able to find non-stick foil, but I wouldn't recommend using parchment paper at the high temperature in the oven.
- Combine 1/2 cup mayonnaise with 1/2 cup ketchup, and paprika to taste and mix until fully combined
Carla's Confections original