Tuesday, January 8, 2013

#29 Oven fries with crisp sage leaves

This is such a fragrant way to make potato fries. You cannot make me eat fried potatoes for a while, I just discovered a more delicious and healthier way to make it in the oven :)  And don't they look beautiful?



2 small baking potatoes (about 1 pound)
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
12 fresh sage leaves

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Cut each baking potato lengthwise into 6 equal slices. Place potato slices in a large bowl, and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with kosher salt; toss well to coat potato slices. Remove potato slices from bowl; set aside. Arrange potato slices in a single layer on baking sheet.
  3. Bake at 400F for 40 minutes or until slices are golden brown on the bottom. Remove pan from oven. 
  4. Add fresh sage leaves to reserved olive oi and salt in bowl.
  5. Gently rub sage leaves along bottom of the bowl, coating both sides with olive oil and salt. Working with one potato slice at a time, lift potato slice from baking sheet with thin spatula. Lay 1 sage leaf on baking sheet, and cover with potato slice, browned side down. Repeat with the remaining potato slices and sage leaves.
  6. Bake at 400F for 10 minutes. Remove from oven using a thin spatula, carefully turn potato slices over with leaves on top. Bake an additional 10 minutes or until  bottoms begin to brown. Serve immediately.

Thank you to Belgium for giving us "French Fries". In the South of Netherlands, bordering Belgium, they were and still are called Vlaamse Freiten or Flemish Fries. Some Belgians believe that the term "French" was introduced when American soldiers arrived in Belgium during World War I, and consequently tasted Belgian fries. They supposedly called them "French", as it was the official language of the Belgian Army at the time. Read more

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