Oven Fries with Sriracha KetchupSeptember 28, 2017 By Cathy — 12 Comments
Crispy fries without all the guilt? Yep! These fries are tossed with garlic olive oil, baked and served with spicy sriracha ketchup.
I was sitting in the waiting room of the orthodontist a few weeks ago while my son was getting his new braces attached. I was armed for this two-hour plus appointment with my laptop, phone, kindle and a stack of completely trashy and indulgent magazines. All that was missing was a supply of basic food and water and I seriously could have camped out all week. Anyway, I rolled up my sleeves and dove right into checking Instagram brainstorming recipes, editing photos and reading all about the latest celebrity uncoupling.
And then a family came in and sat near me. They were chatting about their eldest daughter returning to Harvard for her sophomore year in just a few short days. She was there, talking about her upcoming class schedule and re-acclimating to college life. And no, I wasn’t eavesdropping. Well, I guess technically I was, but it wasn’t intentional. Anyway, as they were chatting and I was attempting to type, I became obsessed with her speech pattern. Her words, the content, were thoughtful and insightful, but her tone, her voice…it was grating. It was like watching an interview on The Bachelor. (And yes, I know this from personal experience.)
It was vocal fry. And if that wasn’t bad enough, it was topped off with an uptick at the end of every sentence so she seemed in a permanent state of asking instead of stating. Unable to focus on anything else (listen, it’s a small waiting room), I became mildly obsessed. This obviously bright, accomplished girl sounded anything but, simply because of her speech pattern. When and why did this happen? Is it the Kardashian fall-out? Is it when we made normal girls into plastic reality stars?
Listen, I am not preaching from high upon a soap box. My useless celebrity knowledge and proclivity for reality TV is downright embarrassing. My DVR doesn’t have a clue of what to suggest to me…between recordings of Sunday’s Meet the Press and a highly acclaimed BBC series are a stack of episodes of The Real Housewives of wherever, Survivor season 989, and someone routing to beat Bobby Flay. My husband shakes his head and says, “you’re better than this”, but I promise you that I am not.
So I guess I’m thinking that I’m partially responsible for this new way of communicating that, quite frankly, is nothing short of befuddling. After all, I feed the beast by checking out of my own reality, pour a glass of wine and lose myself in someone else’s, right? But what I wanted to do was take that young woman by the hands and tell her that as a very nosy, meddling, busy-body fellow woman, please pay attention to what you’re putting out to the world. It’s no different than when I yell at my boys to brush their hair before they leave in the morning, have at least one conversation that doesn’t involve video game chatter, and maybe for the love of god, wear a pair of pants with a zipper.
The truth is people judge. Should we? No. But do we? Um, yep. We’re in a constant state of judgement…of ourselves, others, the strawberries at the grocery store, and even the recipes of food bloggers. 😉 I know that you’re far more likely to attempt one of my recipes if you like the photos, so I spend almost as much time photographing as I do recipe testing. Oh, and yeah speaking of, I almost forgot that this is a food blog. So because I waxed somewhat unpoetically about vocal fry, I offer you a peace offering of real fries. Straight up, slivers of oven-baked potatoes, extra crispy with a side of spicy ketchup.
These are a much healthier, but no less tastier version of “fried” fries for (yes I know it’s redundant but I’m making a point). We’re using olive oil, we’re baking in the oven, and the best part? We’re not feeling even remotely cheated. This is not a recipe that requires skill, time, or a ton of steps. But a couple of tips are necessary for success.
- DO NO CROWD the pan. When you place the fries on the baking sheet, ideally they should not be touching, After you flip them, it’s okay, but really work on separating them right out of the gate.
- You MUST line the pan with either nonstick foil or parchment. They will stick otherwise. Trust me, this has been proven time and time again. Don’t waste your time or the ingredients. Line the sheet tray.
- Make more than you think. These babies are addictive and because they’re eh hem “healthy”, everyone eats more than they intend.
- Check them at 20 mins. We’re a “well-done” sort of family, so mine typically hit the 25 minute mark, but it’s your world and your oven so keep an eye on them and pull them when they are browned to your liking.
So, that’s it. Vocal fry and oven fries. Who knew that reality TV and a trip to the orthodontist would result in straight teeth and a tasty side? And as a bonus, I’m pretty sure I can now claim Bravo as a work expense.
- Oven Fries
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 5 cloves garlic, peeled and slightly smashed
- 3 large russet potatoes (about 2½- lbs), peeled
- 2½ tsp kosher salt
- Sriracha Ketchup
- 1 cup ketchup
- 3 Tbsp sriracha
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- Combine olive oil and garlic in a small saucepan. Heat over low heat until just shimmering, Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Discard garlic. (Garlic oil can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator.)
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Slice potatoes into ¼ slices. Stack the slices and slice into ¼ inch strips. Alternatively you can use a mandolin to slice into strips.
- Toss the potatoes strips with the olive oil in a large bowl.
- Line two baking sheets with nonstick foil or parchment paper. Arrange potato strips in a single layer so the strips are barely touching. Sprinkle with salt.
- Bake until golden brown, about 20 - 25 mins, flipping the fries once and rotating the pans midway through baking. Serve with sriracha ketchup.
- Sriracha Ketchup: Whisk together all the ingredients until combined.