Monday, March 12, 2012

Zesty Oven Fries {Vegan}: Secret Recipe Club

It's Secret Recipe Club reveal day again and I have an incredible recipe to share today! I don't normally do this, but this month I selected a previous SRC selection from the blog I received (normally I avoid those since it seems like not paying proper homage to the blog I get assigned). BUT, I absolutely could not resist Amy and Zach's take on Salt and Pepper Oven Fries over at their blog, What's Brewing in the Kitchen.

Here's the part of Amy's post that convinced me this recipe was the one for me:

"There were lots of great recipes to chose from, but I chose something fairly simple, yet I can never get quite right -- oven fries.  Sometimes mine turn out crispy, but sometimes mushy, sometimes burnt even!  I think it's because I don't really rely on a recipe, I just wing it hoping it will turn out okay, but it doesn't always.  So, I figured this was a good chance to follow a recipe, hoping it would give me a foolproof result and it did!  These were crispy and crunchy and delicious!"

Those are my exact sentiments on oven fries! I always just wing them, and sometimes that doesn't go so well. So, feeling our cooking spirits connecting, I decided to go for the oven fries recipe, in spite of drooling over her Chocolate Whoopie PiesHomemade Corn Tortillas and Asparagus Risotto. I added a bit of cumin and cilantro to Amy's oven fry recipe, but otherwise stuck to the recipe to minimize possible oven fry disaster!

Zesty Oven Fries
Adapted from Salt and Pepper Oven Fries.
  • 1/2 pound potatoes, cut into wedges 
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil 
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cilantro
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.  On a medium baking sheet, spray or grease to coat the bottom surface.

Cut potatoes into long wedges (I found the smaller the better.  In a medium bowl, toss potato wedges with 1 tablespoon oil.

On prepared baking sheet, lay out potato wedges in a single layer.

Bake for 15 minutes, flip the wedges over and bake for 15 more minutes.  Potatoes should be golden brown and crispy.

When you turn the wedges over, heat the remaining tablespoon oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook over medium-low heat until golden, about 4 minutes.
Pour the garlic oil over the wedges, adding in the salt, pepper, cumin and cilantro.  Toss to coat and serve.  

The Results
Holy potatoes these are incredible! And they came out perfectly. I texted my husband almost immediately to celebrate the awesomeness of these oven fries. That's how good they were. Thank you so much Amy for pointing me to these delicious treats. I'll be using this recipe for years to come.

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  1. I love potato wedges and have a cajun spice mix that I use that is really tasty. I'll have to try this one next time.

  2. I can never get oven fries right. Yours look crispy and just perfect.

  3. these fries look awesome! :) Mmmmmm CAnt wait to try this recipe!

  4. Love oven fries - this sounds like a great recipe. Nice SRC post!

  5. Love the idea of the garlic oil and all the flavors sound wonderful.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my Group 'A' SRC entry: Broiled Sushi.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  6. I am so crazy about fries. I love that this one is baked and not fried.

  7. The fries look great. The addition of cilantro looks like a great idea.

  8. I love potatoes in any shape or form, and these are baked, meaning healthy, right? ;) The flavors in there sound fantastic!

  9. I love sweet potato fries but I sometimes forget good ol' russets. These look great. Good choice!

  10. I've also never had too much luck with oven fries. I'll have to give these a shot! Yay for SRC! I hope you'll stop by this month. Its artichoke month, and I'd love if you'd link up your artichoke recipes!

  11. Love the cumin and coriander with the potatoes. I just got a major craving for oven fries after reading this post! Now I know what I'll be having for dinner.

  12. I have a confession to make - I had to stop making oven fries because I can't trust myself around them. I'm not kidding... I'll make a tray and eat half of them before I call the to the table for dinner. ADDICTIVE!! So now I have to contend with the thought of this amazing recipe all day... ugh!! The hazard of being a SRCer, but guess ;).

    I hope you'll stop by and visit my SRC post for Chewy Oatmeal Raisin and Almond Cookies


  13. Haha! They are completely addictive! Why do you think I settled for the half batch? :) Going to check out your cookies now. They sound yummy!