Thanks to everyone for your heartfelt sweet words and kind concerns about my troubling right elbow. I promise more yummy posts to reward you after my full recovery. But meanwhile, I shouldn’t keep you waiting with an empty stomach, right? So, what’s up for lunch? I got some rather “sinful” fries ready for you today. Wanna try?
Potato is always kids’ “best friend” and among adults as well. It’s also one of the first few recommended baby foods during the early stage of weaning. So don’t be surprised if babies know how to utter “potato” first before “papa” or “mama”. Hahaha! Just kidding!
Potato is so versatile in cooking that you can surely find a potato dish to placate your palate without much problem, even the pickiest eater. That’s the magic of potato! Although potato is full of carbohydrates and calories, it is not totally bad for health. It does have plenty of healthy benefits if you opt for a healthy cooking option and eat it in moderation.
I have been experimenting oven baked potatoes using various recipes. It turned out that this featured recipe was given the highest rating by my two “bosses”. The original recipe has been modified to suit my family’s liking, but I didn’t add minced garlic to toss and had excluded the usage of cornstarch. This was because burnt garlic during baking gave the potato a bitter taste, while cornstarch a floury taste.
These seasoned fries are so flavourful! The garlic smell is not too overpowering (even with garlic infused oil and garlic powder) and blends so well with mild paprika powder and fresh ground black pepper. Leaving the potato skin intact gives these fries a crispy outer layer while the interior remains soft when done. When I first handed a piece to my son to try out , I was a bit worried that he would reject it as he generally dislikes food spiced with black pepper. Besides that, it’s my first attempt to include paprika in my cooking. Surprisingly, he gobbled it up immediately and kept requesting for more as the temptation for these “golden babies” was just too irresistible! (In actual fact, I ate more as I was addicted to these fries too! LOL!)
I love making these oven baked fries as I hate seeing oil splattering in my kitchen. Apart from that, they are incredibly easy to make! Don’t expect these baked fries to be a 100% substitute for the real French fries. But it’s definitely a healthier choice for those potato lovers who want to avoid deep-frying fries.
If you have to deal with picky eater who is a fan of potato, then you got to make this little treat once in a while to let him/her have a good impression about you, and from thereon slowly gain his/her acceptance to any new healthy food you want to introduce in future. This trick always works for me! Why not give it a try!
**This recipe was featured on Yummly – Guilt-free versions of your favourite junk foods on 3 February 2012.
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