Crispy Oven Fries + Kitchen Gadget Giveaway


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I went through a phase about 4 years ago where all I ever wanted for supper was homemade potato or yam fries baked in coconut oil.

Even writing about it has me salivating.

Did you know that serving up oil and starch in the same meal is relaxing, soothing, and makes for a great food combination?

If that’s not permission enough to include more homemade French fries in your life, I don’t know what is.

Sure it may not be the most well balanced dinner, what with the lack of protein and all, but the wholesome foods we  enjoy throughout the day more than make up for it.

Although eating a plate of homemade fries every night is a thing of the past, boy did I ever come up with a sure-fire way to make the perfect crispy baked oven fry in the process.

The only thing I’ve never quite been able to master is cutting the potatoes the same size so that each wedge cooks up perfectly… until now.

Check out my new kitchen gadget!

It makes fries… perfect fries.

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Crispy Oven Fries + Kitchen Gadget Giveaway
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Recipe type: Vegan, Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Nut-free, Egg-free
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Serves: 4 servings
 
Make your own crispy oven fries at home with Cajun, spicy cheese or sesame flavorings.
Ingredients
  • 3 large russet potatoes or baking potatoes
  • cold water
  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 large egg white, whipped OR ½ teaspoon arrowroot for vegans
  • ⅛ teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • French fry seasoning (three recipes below)
Instructions
  1. Cut potato using equipment or slice using a sharp knife. Place completed potato slices in a large bowl and cover with cold tap water. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 425F.
  3. Spread coconut oil over the entire surface of the pan. Sprinkle the pan with coarse sea salt and set aside.
  4. Once the oven is preheated, drain the potatoes and dry them well with a kitchen cloth. Dry the bowl, then return potatoes to the bowl. Toss with egg white or arrowroot starch so that all of the slices coated.
  5. Lay the potatoes on the prepared pan in a single layer, making sure that they do not touch one another too much.
  6. Cook for 30 minutes, flipping once.
  7. Remove from the oven, allow to cool on the pan for 5 minutes, toss with your preferred French fry seasonings (below) and dig in!
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    Just excuse the sea salt in the Himalayan rock salt container.

    My salt is going through an identity crisis.

    The first trick to the crispy fry is in using fresh potatoes. My favorite potato for making fries are the high starchy baking potatoes. They make nice long strands, too.

    The second trick is soaking the potatoes before cooking. A lot of people say to use warm water, but I find it makes the fries a bit sticky so I use cold water.

    Once they’ve had a chance to soak, be sure to dry them fully before continuing on. I like to use a tea towel to do this. If I’m being really serious with it, I’ll dry each one, one at a time. You don’t have to do that though, a batch at a time will suffice.

    And the last trick is egg white. Toss your fries around a bit to make sure they’re all coated and Bob’s your uncle!

    If you’re allergic to eggs or are vegan, do not fret! Arrowroot starch works pretty well, too.

    If you go the egg route, you’ll be left with an extra egg yolk… what to do?

    • add it to a smoothie (if you’re into that kinda thing)
    • make a quinoa flake bake with 1 tablespoon of the apple sauce removed
    • freeze it for later
    • make an omelet
    • cook it in a frying pan with some leftover rice and veggies!

    I added it to my mint chocolate chip smoothie this morning, mmm!

    Lastly, a plate full of fries just isn’t the same without a dash of spice! Here are a couple of my favorites…

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    French Fry Seasonings

    Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Nut-free
    Yield: ~1 tablespoon of each mixture, good for one full batch of fries from above  Servings: 4

    Spice up your fries with more than just sea salt.

    Ingredients

    Cajun fries

    • pinch of each of the following spices: garlic powder, smoked paprika, black pepper, onion powder, cayenne powder, dried oregano, thyme, and red pepper flakes
    • 1/8 teaspoon – 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

    Sesame fries

    • 2 teaspoon sesame seeds
    • 1/4 teaspoon dried cumin
    • 1/4 teaspoon braggs liquid aminos
    • 1/8 teaspoon – 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

    Spicy cheese fries

    • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
    • 1/8 teaspoon – 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
    • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
    • pinch of cayenne pepper

    Directions

    1. Mix ingredients and sprinkle onto your fries right after they come out of the oven.

    Notes

    • Each spice combo is good for a whole batch of fries as outlined above. If everyone wants their own flavor of fries, you will have to portion out the spice recipes to accommodate.

    The folks over at Big Kitchen asked if I’d be interested in choosing a couple of their products to review. Of course my love for French fries called the shots during the selection process… if you can even call it that.

    Now I can make perfect fries with my potato cutter and chips with my mandolin.

    I’m sure some salads will be had, too.

    The machine comes with 2 inserts – one for thin fries, and the other for wedge fries. The pieces are removed by the press of a button, easy enough.

    The compartment where you place the potato in is fairly large. You could fit a whole sweet potato in there! Maybe even half of a cucumber… the possibilities are endless!

    Thick wedges or thin cuts, either one will make for a perfect homemade fry.

    But you didn’t think I’d wave my new gadgets in your face and not give you a chance to get them for yourself, now did you?

    That would just be plain mean!

    The giveaway

    Enter for a chance to win:

    • Progressive Black Folding Mandoline Slicer
    • Progressive Jumbo Potato Slicer

    1 winner will be selected!

    Giveaway is restricted to U.S. residents ONLY

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    5. Comment: What will you make with your new gadgets if you win?

    Please leave a *separate comment* for each entry!

    The giveaway will be open until Sunday May 20 with the winner announced on Monday May 21.

    PS: don’t forget to enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card, too!

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    1. The potato slicer reminds me of the one we used to have at my parents’ ice cream stand when I was growing up! We used to slice potatoes by hand every day. Very cool! I’d definitely do the same and reminisce. :D

    2. Looks like the perfect comfort food I need today! (yes its only 8:00 am but getting three boys to three different schools makes for a hectic morning!) I would definitely use it for fries!

    3. Hooray for kitchen gadgets! You can never have too many right? ;)
      Ive always wanted some sort of potato slicer and would love to try and make sweet potato fries with this one. Carrot fries would be interesting too!

    4. subscribed via email and tweeted a comment :) I will be making this recipe anyways one day this week. I never heard of soaking the fries first so cant wait to see how they turn out that way. Plus since becoming gluten free and vegan almost 6 weeks ago, I am always looking for something to use nutritional yeast flakes on.

    5. If I win, I can’t wait to try out making fries with non-starchy veggies. I want to try out a bunch of different things. I’m sure I will do some sweet potatoes, too, for a treat (I am pretty low carb, most of the time). I would use the mandolin to slice up turnips for a yummy au gratin recipe I have.

    6. This is so funny because a couple of nights ago all I made for dinner was a huge potato made into baked fries, and a spinach and tomato salad. I was feeling all crazy because it didn’t seem balanced, but you’re right about the rest of the food you eat during the day kind of making up for it! Would love to win this gadget as well as a mandoline! Always wanted one to make perfect chips :)

      I am suscribed via e-mail!

    7. If I win I will make an innumerable amount of different kinds of potato fries, and all kinds of veggie chips! I also like your idea of slicing a cucumber in there!

    8. I would make some veggie filled salad monsters with those gadgets!

    9. I would LOVE to make fries at home…so much healthier than other types! Sweet potato fries would be great :)

    10. I would make these delicious fries and also sweet potato fries with the new gadget!

    11. Umm…what would I make? SWEET POTATO FRIES!! My new favorite go-to snack :)

      Thanks for this opportunity, Leanne!

      • Sounds like you know what you want! lol, good luck, Sophie!

    12. I’ve been looking into purchasing a mandoline so I can make my own veggie chips at home. Sweet potato chips are at the top of my list along with a healthy helping of truffle fries!

    13. I, personally, am a sweet potato fries lover and forsee an immediate batch using my favorite recipe if I had the potato cutter. Then, of course, I would have to give your version a try :P

    14. Hi Leanne!
      Great french fry post~! Feel free to shoot me an email… I noticed your comment “my salt is going through an identity crisis”… I own a gourmet / organic salt and spice company and might be able to assist in your crisis!
      Cheers,
      Scott.

    15. I’d use the fry cutter to cut strips of beet for a really pretty salad! I am LOVING raw beets right now, can’t get enough!

    16. I would definitely make these french fries, I’ve always wanted to try them!

    17. If I were to win… fries every day. We’d have sweet potato fries, carrot fries, regular fries.. I wonder if it would be good for slicing up apples “fries” too? (P.S. your spicy cheese fries look delicious!) The mandolin would be awesome for not only potato chips but for salads, ratatouille, sandwiches fillers, etc. Great giveaway!

    18. The mandolin would be perfect for making raw “pasta” from parsnips and carrots, or even zucchini. My kids love homemade fries, so the potato slicer sure would make that easier on me!

    19. I would of course make cajun yam fries – something I am also quite addicted to!

    20. I would definitely make sweet potat fries and zucchini fries!!!

    21. Yum! I would make so many french fries and eggplant fries with that potato cutter! I’ve also subscribed to your RSS feed!

    22. Of course I’ll make some yam fries. What about zucchini fritters? I’ve never used a mandolin so we’ll see what happens!

    23. I would use this fry gadget to make cheesy jalepeno sweet potato fries!

    24. I would make Eggplant Parm with the Mandolin slicer or maybe fried zucchini

    25. Oh my goodness. I went through a home baked fries phase where that’s all I wanted too, especially with sweet potatoes – yum! You totally reminded me of that, and now I’m craving some fries in the worst way. I love making sweet potato fries with an egg white to make them a little crisp, plus some cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice. Mmm!

    26. thanks for holding this wonderful giveaway! I would make eggplant fries with a smoky seasoning!

    27. Great recipe! Can’t wait to make it!
      Did you cook the egg white before adding it?

      Ps- already following on Pinterest and Facebook (:

    28. 2) Facebook liked! (That’s where I primarily follow you in fact and where I found this post!)

    29. 5) I’d love to try sweet potato fries with that fry cutter! I developed a long term craving for them after taking summer classes toward my master’s degree at the University of Florida, where it seems like all the local restaurants feature their own version of sweet potato fries. Came home after sampling several versions one summer and tried making my own. So delicious! But what a pain to cut all those slices!

    30. Following on pinterest! Can’t believe I waited until today to “follow” your boards!

    31. French Fries! We love making them but they never come out ‘pretty’.

    32. I feel like I would try to make all the food in my house into fries.

    33. If I had the slicer, I’d make sweet potato fries – my favourite!!

    34. I would definitely be making sweet potato fries! What am awesome looking gadget. :) I am already subscribed to your rss, liked on facebook and follow on pinterest. :)

    35. I would love a potato slicer! My husband and I have been on a bit of a baked fry kick these days, but they are just not as good when they aren’t cut uniform!:) Your fries look so good! I know what’s for dinner tonight!:)

    36. I’d love to use it to make butternut squash fries. Made them once & they were delicious but a little hard to cut – this device would make it much easier.

    37. I think your sesame fries sound great. I would also like to try making sweet potato fries with your gadget! Yum!

    38. I would make sweet potato fries with the potato cutter for 2 reasons: 1-sweet potato fries rock my face off, 2-I can’t slice potatoes to save my life so I never eat them!

    39. I subscribe and like you on FB.

      I would make theses fries for sure! (I will make them, anyway…can’t wait to try the egg white trick!)

    40. Huh. An excellent recipe with techniques I never considered when roasting potatoes. I was planning on making some tonight and I’m going to try some of the things you’ve suggested!

    41. I def would make the fries you made, also sweet potato fries and carrot fries!! :)

    42. I will definitely be making sweet potato fries!! I have been making sweet potato chips for my meals lately :) I coat them with butter before baking and they are phenomenal!! I’ve never heard of the soaking tip or the egg white tip, I will try those next time I make a batch of fries.

    43. i will make sweet potato fries :)

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    44. I’d love to try the mandoline. I’m thinking it’s one of those things you don’t think you need until you have one!

    45. I get your newsletter by email and liked you on facebook. I would make sweet potato fries.

    46. I would make french fries at least once a week- it would motivate me to grow my own!

    47. How cool is that?! I would definitely make all sorts of fries. To be honest I haven’t had a “real” french fry in quite some time, so I would start with a regular o’ old school french fry recipes.

    48. I subscribe by email and Like you on Facebook. I’d love to try making some sweet potato fries…in a uniform size for a change!

    49. I subscribe to your RSS feed and read your posts first thing every morning

    50. I would slice loads of zucchini ribbons for pasta dishes if I could get that Mandoline in my kitchen

    51. I just gave away my manual fry cutter because it was impossible to cut through a potato (perhaps I need to order some of your sand bag weights!)

    52. Okay so french fry maker I would totally make french fries! I also heard about how parsley root makes some awesome fries that have that starchy potato taste but have a higher water content to won’t be as crispy. They are about the size of carrots so I bet along with potato and sweet potato fries, I could make pretty perfect parsnip fries!

      With a mandolin there are so many things I could do!! Make raw ravioli by cutting thin slices of radish or some other veggie and putting some cashew cheeze in between. And I could make fancy salads with paper thin slices of carrots, cucumber, radish etc. That’s if I don’t slice off my fingers – hah!

    53. We LOVE sweet potato fries at our house but it is so time consuming to cut them!! I’d make them all the time if I had a potato cutter. Also I’d try making your Crispy Coated Apple Fries using the cutter. :)
      Thanks for your great website!!

      • Yum! I totally forgot about those apple fries. They would work out so well with this cutter. Definitely trying it over the weekend. Good luck with the giveaway, Stacia!

    54. I have been a subscriber for about a year now. I would sure love those tools in my kitchen. Thanks for the recipes as well!

    55. I like you on Facebook! I have four rescue dogs, and I make them sweet potato treats. I have heard that this tool would be perfect for the task!

    56. I subscribe and follow on pinterest, as well as having liked you of FaceBook. I would love to play around with making french fries – potatoe and sweet potatoe!

    57. I would definitely make sweet tater fries for me and regular fries for the family. Of course I would eat some of those, too!

    58. I’d definitely make some sweet potato fries, ASAP! It would also be great for cutting zucchini for stir fries.

    59. I was just wishing I had a mandoline slicer. I don’t have a huge kitchen so I miss out on a lot of bigger gadgets, but I think a mandoline slicer would fit perfect!
      BTW, those fries look delish!

    60. I’d be using for sweet potato fries. For every meal. I love homemade fries, but yeah, if I tackle it with a knife, I end up with lopsided fries at best, random chunks at worst. Although I did buy sharper knives, which has slightly improved my root-vegetable-cutting abilities :)

    61. Sweet potato fries, all the way! I love them, but always end up with some too big, and some too small, and they’re never cooked all at the same time.

    62. This is so cool! I l.o.v.e oven fries, I just never can get them perfect! I never thought of a potato cutter! I would definitely make these oven fries!

    63. I have recently been perfecting my oven fry recipe. This gadget would be a great tool for my black bean and spicy oven fry dinners– a summer cook out done right!

    64. Great instructions/recipe….I want one!

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    65. hey!! I was wondering (and this might be the dumbest question you ever received) how do you do those cute cones where you put your fries in? they look awesome!
      Good job with all of this ! it is amazing!!!

      • Not a dumb question at all! I just rolled up the pieces of paper into a cylinder shape and then held one end and fanned out the other, pushing it into a cone. I hope that makes sense :)

    66. These were amazing!!! I love crispy fries so I thought the were perfect. Now my husband and son like what I call as “mushy” fries so they weren’t impressed.

      • Gross! I hate mushy fries…. yuck! haha well, more for you :) Glad you liked the recipe, Cristina. Have a great weekend!

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