Sunday, June 22, 2008

Hand Cut French Fries

Ok, by popular demand, here is the best recipe for French Fries. I can't take credit for it, I got it from watching "Healthy Decadence with Devin Alexander" on FitTV, but here it is:

Hand Cut French Fries

You save: 165 calories, 18 g fat, 3 g saturated fat

1 teaspoon + 1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
2 medium baking potatoes (approximately 8 ounces each)
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

Place a large pot of water over high heat. Add one teaspoon of salt and bring the water to a rapid boil. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Scrub the potatoes well to remove any dirt. First cut the faces off one potato to create a flat surface on 4 sides. Some skin will remain on the sides and the ends. (Do not peel the skin from the potato). Discard the faces and cut the remaining potato into 1/3-inch thick sticks. Repeat with second potato.

Add the sticks to the pot and boil them for 3 minutes (not longer or they will break) then drain them. Let them cool for 5 minutes.

Transfer the par-boiled fries to a medium bowl. Add the olive oil and salt and, using your hands, toss them until they are coated. Then place them on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer so they do not touch. Put the sheet in the oven and bake them for 12 minutes, flip them, and cook them an addition 12-16 minutes or until they are crisp on the outsides and lightly browned. Serve immediately. Makes 2 servings.

Each serving has: 166 calories, 3 g protein, 32 g carbohydrates, 4 g fat, trace saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 2 g fiber, 330 mg sodium

Traditional Hand-Cut Fries have: 331 calories, 3g protein, 33 g carbohydrates, 22 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 3 g fiber, 686 mg sodium

Devin Says:
If you like softer fries, you can skip the boiling stage. Simply cut the potatoes into sticks, toss them and bake them. Boiling releases water from the potato, which yields crisper fries.

The trick is boiling them first, and you don't need a whole lot of oil, just enough for taste. They taste oily and salty and yummy!

Try it! Pretty much every recipe on the site is excellent. I tried the BBQ Beef sandwiches and they were yummy. Ask Emily. She ate the whole thing! And it even had a whole wheat bun! Just don't tell her that. She liked it!

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