How to Make Healthy Low-Fat French Fries
French Fries are one of the most popular and favorite foods out there. We all know we want to eat them, we all know that they are not the best food for us to consume on a regular basis because of the deep frying. So, here is a great solution. Let's make or shall we say BAKE our own.
Your fries will be baked on large cookie type baking sheets. Using parchment paper helps to lightly brown the fries and they won't stick to the pan so you won't need a ton of oil to bake them in.
You can cut your fries into any shape or size you like. Using a krinkle cutter will make them extra fancy.
Fries can be made not only from potatoes. You can also use sweet potatoes, turnips, butternut squash and even carrots. Each vegetable will offer its own unique taste and texture.
Sweet potatoes, or yams have really become a front-runner is popularity over the past few years. They are filled with nutrional value. Potatoes themselves are also a food that is actually good for you to eat, depending on how you cook it.
Seasonings are important. Coarse salt baked on French fries will be all it takes to make a nutrious, declicious fry. Other good salt choices are sea salt and himilayan salt. You can also experiment with onion, garlic and chili powders.
To bake the fries, just preheat your oven to 425F.
Line your baking sheet with parchment paper, or you can lightly oil with olive oil.
Peel your potatoes. Cut into the shape you want and pat dry. Put the potatoes into a bowl and very lightly drizzle with olive oil. Just use about one 1/2 teaspoon per medium sized potato.
Spread the fries onto the prepared pan. It is important to give space between the fries to get crispy fries. If you have them touching, they will be mushy.
Bake for 30 - 40 minutes, flipping half way through the cooking time. You can judge if they need to be flipped again. The baking time is approximate, based on the size the fries are cut.
Serve them with your favorite dipping sauces.
Get your family 'hooked' on these fries, and you will have a simple to prepare, not guilty food that can become a part of your weekly menu planning.