Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Easy Oven-Baked Garlic Fries

I'm going savory on you this week.

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.


I hope you get to Lynn Canyon Park if you make it up here, and definitely go over the suspension bridge. You will not be disappointed!

Now we can revert our attention back to the fries.

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.

These fries are actually not even that garlic-y either. There is only one clove of garlic in it, but feel free to add more or even take the garlic out altogether.

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...

I used a red potato for this one, because I wanted to keep the skin on, and give it a little more interesting a color. But feel free to use whatever potato variety you would like.

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 ;)

Easy Oven-Baked Garlic Fries | Printable Recipe
1 small-medium potato serves 1 person

ingredients:
  • 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)
 directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 450F/230C. Line a baking sheet with foil AND spray foil with non-stick spray. Don't skip this step!!!
  2. Wash your potatoes, and using a sharp knife, cut into 1/4 inch fry slices.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Allow to cool slightly before consuming. Eat in one sitting. I don't think they will be good the next day.
NOTE: You do not need to double the spices if you double the amount of potatoes you use. Just up the spices as desired.

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.

Dip:

- Combine 1/2 cup mayonnaise with 1/2 cup ketchup, and paprika to taste and mix until fully combined

Carla's Confections original



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24 comments :

  1. Eva @ Pastel BakeryMarch 26, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    These look soooo good. I love fries and the best part about this recipe is they are not fried :). I'm definitely making this tonight!

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    1. Thank you! I hope they work(ed) well for you! I know, I love that they arent fried either, and they still taste fabulous! :)

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  2. Carla, these look fabulous! I love the idea of onion flakes, too- I bet they add a nice crispy finish!

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    1. Thank you Whitney! They really do add such an awesome crisp! :D

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  3. I am a very very big fan of 'real' fries! I make these often! But I have never added garlic, I love that twist on them! YUM!

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    1. Mmmm, you should definitely add garlic. It adds such an awesome flavor!

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  4. I have to say, there is nothing better with yummy fries than special sauce. You make such amazing things!

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  5. holy crap - my knees would've buckled on that bridge and i would not have made it across...or you would've had to drag me and i'd be in tears, lol! i LOOOOVE garlic fries. i seriously crave garlic fries on the regular. my breath is also awesome after eating a handful of them :)

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    1. You and Matt would have gotten along well then! But I definitely WOULD HAVE dragged you across ;) tears or no tears. JK Haha and so true about garlic fries! Why does one of the best things in the world have to give us such bad breath?! Torture ;)

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  6. I'm so scared of heights too! I don't think I would've made it on that bridge.

    These fries on the other hand look to die for! I could easily make this my dinner!

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    1. I totally ate ONLY these for lunch the day I took pictures. So I say its completely an acceptable dinner ;)

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  7. What a beautiful location! I totally know what you mean though. I don't really venture outside much for 'fun' in the colder months. But I am SO all over these fries!

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    1. Haha if only it could be warm all year long... except not really ;)

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  8. I have all the ingredients...wahoo! I can't wait to try this recipe. I can't say I've made the dip but I may be equally guilty with my ghetto-tacular good old fashioned ranch dressing. ;)

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    1. Yay! Let me know how they work for you! And you just wait for tomorrow's post. Apparently it's "ghetto" week on CC ;) Ive got a homemade ranch dressing recipe for ya tomorrow!

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  9. I love home made fries, especially baked ones. I will never buy frozen again either! I also love to use yams to make fries. And that mayo/ketchup dip, well this is what we grew up on. I think it is quite European to have fries with mayo, but we kids also always mixed in ketchup ;)

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    1. Oh man Im so glad Im not the only one! I know European's like aoli (sp??), which is good but I feel horrible eating... but I guess my sauce ain't much better ;)

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  10. Holy cow, even looking at that pic from far above makes my toes tingle! (Do your toes tingle when you are up high?) I would do anything for these fries right now!

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  11. I love that you called fry sauce white trash. I had never thought of it that way, but that's definitely the look I get when people outside of utah see me make it. Haha so goodx

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  12. Don't feel so bad about your special sauce. That combination is a regular condiment in every puertorrican home or restaurant. My personal recipie, mayo, ketchup a dash of mustard and a little bit of mince garlic.

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  13. It's nice that you got out and into the sunshine. The sun is finally shining here but I always run to the kitchen to bake so I can take nicer photos. So not sunshine for me. Oh well.

    And these fries look so good! What I dislike about homemade fries is the cutting. I even have a French fry cutter contraption and I'm still too lazy. ;) These might convince me to try again soon!

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