Sunday, July 3, 2011

Garlic Fries

Several years ago, I had purchased a bag of frozen french fries that had a seasoning pack of garlic and olive oil from a local grocery store (Grocery Outlet) that has overstock and discontinued items so you never know what you will find there (I LOVE THEM!).  Anyway, getting back to my original story, I baked the fries and drizzled the oil over the fries and fell in love with them, sadly, I haven't seen those french fries since then.  A few years ago, I was getting ready for a local food and wine show and needed something to add to my menu.  I had mostly sweets and needed something savory.  I was thinking of something like french fries, but wanted something a little different than the usual and then remembered those wonderful olive oil and garlic fries.   I knew that the oil packet contained in the french fries I had sometime ago was olive oil and garlic and some kind of herb because it had green bits in it.  After quite a bit of experimenting, I found a blend that I was very happy with.  I am pleased to report that at the show, people were hoarding over to by booth for "those fries".
You can use whatever type of frozen french fries you like from shoestring to steak fries, but I found that I preferred the 3/8" straight cut style fries the best and cooked in a deep fryer.

Garlic Fries

2 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tsp. fresh garlic, finely minced
1 tsp. dried parsley
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. balsamic vinegar

French Fries:
2 pounds of frozen french fries, 3/8" straight cut


Mix all sauce ingredients together and set aside.

Fry or bake frozen french fries as directed on package.  If you choose the deep fry method, work in small batches to prevent soggy fries.  Place fries into a large bowl and toss with the garlic mixture.  Salt to taste.  Serve immediately.

Garlic dressing for fries.

Cooked fries in metal mixing bowl.

Drizzle sauce onto the fries.
Toss fries around in bowl by shaking the bowl around.  Add salt to taste.

And you have garlic fries.

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