17 June 2010

When a Fry is Not Really a Fry They're Garlic "Fries" for our Daily Special... and What Makes Me Happy...

Garlic Fries
To celebrate midweek with a BANG I am joining in on the Foodbuzz Daily Specials  once again. Today's feature on Foodbuzz is a non-stick French-fry baking sheet such as the one at CHEFS™ catalogue. The baking sheet has perforated ridges which enables heat to circulate around your French fries for all-over browning and crispy golden results. What a find this is!!! You could use it for any breaded food in the oven to create a deliciously light and crispy texture without frying in oil. Talk about healthy! Fish or chicken sticks and fillets, shrimp tempura, wings, healthy homemade potato chips, croutons or seasoned breadcrumbs all benefit from this perforated pan. You can easily roast vegetables, nuts and seeds without turning too. There is so much potential here I loved this when I found it!!!

So I started out simple with some spruced up fries to accompany my barbecued chicken burger with caramelized onions and brie.  I have to confess, French fries are one of my weaknesses, I can’t resist them, whether they are from a fast-food drive-through or a fine restaurant or covered in gravy and squeaky cheese curds disguised as poutine. These garlic fries aren’t really fries, but rather, delicious potato-y, garlicky baked goodness. Still they’ll satisfy your craving for fries every time in a healthy way. They come out golden brown, tender on the inside and crisp outside. First, they're roasted at high heat until crisp and golden. Then you toss them in melted garlicky-butter and shredded Parmesan cheese. A final toss with chopped parsley gives them that real French bistro feel.  They have received rave reviews so believe me....you must try them!!! 

Before I share the recipe I would like to thank Giz of Equal Opportunity Kitchen , Ruth of Once Upon a Feast ,Gloria of Canela's Kitchen, Katie of Thyme for Cooking and Sarah of All Our Fingers in the Pie for bestowing upon me the Happy 101 fellowship award. And all I have to do is write about 10 things that make me happy.

10 Things That make me HAPPY.......I am happy just thinking about it....

1) L'il Burnt Toast

2) My family.....

3) Where I live

4) My city.....

5) Healthy, delicious local (if possible) food

6) Local Wineries and Wine Festivals, Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter...

7) Travel.....many sojourns and roads left untravelled

8) Getting together with friends and laughter...

9) Blogging Events and Friends
(who may all consider themselves tagged)....

10) Cooking Schools....past, present and future

Plus Foodessa bestowed upon me the "I Love Your Blog Award". How lucky I am to have such warm and kind-hearted friends. Please take a moment to visit all of these talented bloggers. If they are not friends already, they soon will be:D

**Crispy Garlic Fries**

4 teaspoons (20 mL) canola oil
3/4 teaspoon (3 mL)sea salt
3 pounds (1362 grams) peeled baking potatoes, cut into 1/4-inch-thick strips
Cooking spray
2 tablespoons(45 mL) butter
3 garlic cloves, minced (or as you like it:D)
2 tablespoons (30 mL) finely chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons (30 mL) Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

Preheat oven to 400°.

Combine first 3 ingredients in a large zip-top plastic bag, tossing to coat. Arrange potatoes in a single layer on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 50 minutes or until potatoes are tender and golden brown, turning after 20 minutes.

Place butter and garlic in a large nonstick skillet, and cook over low heat 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add potatoes, parsley, and Parmesan cheese to pan; toss to coat. Serve immediately.

Serves 6

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  1. Oh chica... I would love a bunch of those garlic fries!!!! And dive them into a fried egg...

    Being able to meet you one day in person would also make me happy!!! Would love to visit your city one day ;D

  2. Congratulations Val on your awards. What a lovely way to show the things that make you happy. A picture is worth a thousand words.....

    Count me in on those fries. They are one of my weaknesses too.

  3. Oh my gosh, a french fry baking sheet, I've never heard of such a thing! I don't just want one, I need one. And they ship to Canada! Woo-hoo! Your fries sound so good, I'm picturing them with my burgers tomorrow night. Thanks for the heads-up on the french fry baking sheet. You made my day, lol!

  4. Val, you are so sweet- those awards are well deserved! As for those garlic fries....be still my heart!! Garlic AND french fries??? Two of my absolute favorite foods ever! And I have to tell you that most of your "happy" things are the same as mine :)
    xoxo Pattie

  5. Congrats on the awards! Your Daughter is beautiful! I'd love to live in your city, wow!

    Those fries looks irresistible. Potatoes are fabulous.



  6. Val...IF ever you would run into an unhappy moment...keep this post printed nearby!!! What an absolutely warming way to show your happiness. I love the one with your daughter and the watermelon in her mouth ;o)
    Speaking of mouth...pass the ketchup please! Those fires would be good even for my breakfast;)

    Congrats on being recognized for the dedicated foodie that you are ;o)

    Flavourful wishes, Claudia

  7. aah Vall allways your food is a bang! and these fry are fantastic! I love them and those awards are well deserved!! of course, huggs! gloria

  8. Congratulations!
    The garlic fries look amazing. French fries are one of my favorite foods.

  9. This weekend I was at a restaurant that served garlic fries and I think I gained 10 pounds. They were fried of course. Your post is timely!

    I have never really been able to get oven potatoes the nice crispy way I like them. If only I had known such a pan exists. Now I think I must have one!

  10. Your list & photos of happy make me happy too! Totally excellent.
    Ha a weakness for fries you say ... just did oven fries last night ... Yours are now on my list to try! Beautiful.

  11. I love oven-baked fries. They taste better to me than fried. And I love, love, love your photo collages! Beautiful!

  12. Congratulations on all the wonderful awards and a great celebration with garlic fries! Yum.

  13. I totally thought this was going to be a "When is a door not a door?" jokes - you know, when it's ajar? Man, that one gets me EVERY time!

  14. Mmmm, garlic, garlic, garlic. The more, the better!

  15. This is ecatly how I make 'fries'. You can try going up to 500F for 20 mins. Gives its eve more of a fried feeling :)

    congratulations on the award!

  16. Salty, garlicky, fries... is there anything better in this world?

  17. AnonymousJune 17, 2010

    These garlicky fries look so good! Perfectly crispy and delicious!

  18. That fry pan sounds seriously awesome! I hate trying to shake the pan enough to flip all the fries...it just never happens. And so I have one really crisp side and one not so crisp side. Not ideal.

    I love these garlic fries! Such great flavor!

  19. This is such a sweet post, Val! You live a very enriched life, and I'm glad that you don't take it for granted.

    I love garlic fries, I wish it was served more often at restaurants. Although with this recipe I have no excuse.

  20. AnonymousJune 17, 2010

    I love the fry recipe and pan...and all the pictures!

  21. The taste of fries without the calories of the fries, I am in! great recipe!

  22. Oh! How the simplest of things are often the best and most comforting! I want me some of those garlic fries! Thank you for sharing the recipe and for sharing some of your personal moments Val...congratulations on all your awards!

  23. those collages are great, val!
    don't get me wrong--i wouldn't pass up a delicious batch of fries, but truly, i'd rather have a second burger (especially if barbecue chicken, caramelized onions, and brie are involved...). :)

  24. Garlic fries are the best. I like that you cut them thinly.

  25. Those look très delicious!!!!

  26. You have a full and vibrant life....lots to be thankful for.

    Those fries look just as good as fried...fooled me!

  27. Congrats on all of your well deserved awrds!! yeah! enjoy!!

    You have so many family, friends, etc to be thankful for!! Stunning windows & lovely pictures!! Thanks for sharing!!!

    Amazing garlic fries!! MMMMMM,...!!!

  28. Valli!
    What beautiful collages, and sharings! Congratulations on the love you have received from your friends in the blogosphere - all so well deserved. You are tireless with your support and efforts in the blogging community. I really enjoyed this personal moment with you.
    The fries look yummy. I love the idea of oven fried garlic fries. This is definitely a student project, too!
    PS - How are your parents doing on their adventure?


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