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Some say "great minds think alike." Right around the time I decided to cash in some bank card rewards points for a Metro 7-in-1 Mandolin Slicer, my friend Cory over at Zesty Cook posted a recipe for Healthy Homemade French Fries prepared with the aid of a mandolin! So when my mandolin arrived yesterday, I couldn't wait to try it out when making my own French fry recipe and to use some tips I learned from Cory.
Product review: The blade I wanted to use was very easy to insert and it snapped into place without any problem. And, I tested whether the slicer would, indeed, "fit snugly" over 7- to 9.5-inch bowl rims. It did. However, that's where the list of positives ended. Because I wanted to slice the potato lengthwise, the potato would not fit firmly into the food holder/food guard. The tiny plastic prongs barely penetrated the potato and it kept slipping out. Also, I gave up on trying to slice the potato into a bowl because I could not get the proper leverage needed to move the potato back and forth over the blades without risking slicing my fingers as well. I attribute this to my being on the short side and not necessarily to a problem with the product. I eventually gave up and just used the mandolin on the surface of a cutting board. So, I'll say the initial run with the mandolin was shaky at best. I have a feeling it'll just take me some time to get used to it before I can zip-zip with the slicing of vegetables.
Now, I jazzed up my French fries with a bit of spice and a bit of heat. But you can put whatever spices or herbs you want on them to suit your own tastes. That's what's so great about a recipe like this -- the method of preparation stays constant while the combination of ingredients can be changed any number of ways based on personal preference! Also, I made enough just for me, so multiply the recipe as needed.
What's your favorite way to prepare and/or to eat French fries? Are you a dipper? If so, what do you like to dip your fries in? Based on the ingredients in this recipe, I bet you can guess how I like to eat mine!
Spicy BBQ French Fries
- 1 large russet potato
- 1 tablespoon spicy barbecue sauce
- 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Peel and wash the potato. Slice the potato lengthwise into uniform strips, either with a mandolin or your knife. Place the slices into a bowl of cold water and leave to soak for 20 minutes.
- While the potatoes are soaking, preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Drain the potatoes and pat completely dry.
- In a medium bowl, toss potatoes with barbecue sauce, olive oil, and cayenne pepper. Taste a bit of the sauce before adding salt and pepper and only add if desired.
- Spread the potatoes out in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 40 minutes, turning every ten minutes to ensure even crisping.
- Serve with your favorite dipping sauce!
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