Yes, I am that lunatic who uses the oven in the summer.
I love everything that the oven does for my food for the most part (unless I’m having an unlucky day). I tend to use it less as the weather gets warmer for the sake of my well being. However, when I found myself with an abundance of red potatoes that needed to be cooked, I decided to take one for the team and fire up the oven. Because, fries.
I do love a deep fried potato every once and a while, but usually not at home. I would always rather bake something than fry it at home because of a couple of reasons. I don’t like to add any more excess oil than I need for cooking purposes. I do like oil, but I cannot eat anything that is too oily. It ruins the texture and mouth feel of the food you are eating. Also, I hate cleaning oil. When you deep fry, there’s always that smelly left-over oil in your pan that you’ve got to dispose of and then wash off. Not for me, thanks! The last time I did all of that craziness I made it worth my while:
Yeah, an oozing mountain of doughnuts is definitely worth the clean up. 😉
But, for now, I think I’ll stick to my trusty oven to crisp my food for me!
I sliced my potatoes into wedges and doused them with flavorful spices to give them an amazing aroma. Man, they were delicious.
These curry fries are easy to make, easy to customize, and super easy to pop in your mouth hole. They’re great as a snack or with a wonderful main dish for dinner (veggie burger, anyone? Check Hilary’s out! She’s got great ones).
Summer’s not over just yet, so make your picnic foods while they’re still trendy! =P
Curry Oven Fries
Yield: 4-6 servings
Oven: 375 F
- 4 medium red potatoes
- pinch of salt
- 1 Tb olive oil
- 1/4 tsp powdered turmeric
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp curry powder
- fresh cilantro, opt.
- Scrub your potatoes until they are clean of dirt. Either peel the skin or leave it on if you prefer (I love the skin).
- Cut your potatoes into wedges or any shape you desire.
- On a lined baking sheet (I use parchment or foil) toss the potatoes with the olive oil to coat completely.
- Sprinkle on the rest of the ingredients except for the cilantro.
- Bake your fries for approximately 30-34 minutes, tossing them with a spatula about half-way through to ensure even cooking. Lining your sheet pan helps with this process so there is no sticking.
- Once your fries are finished, they should be a rich golden brown color with crispy edges! Serve immediately and sprinkle on some coarsely chopped fresh cilantro, if you’re a fan. If cilantro is soap to you, definitely leave it off. I am not one of these people, but I’d imagine how horrible it must be! (Luckily parsley exists!)
Happy end of summer, everyone! Maybe make some of these babies for Labor Day? ^_^