August 6, 2013
Do any of you daydream of fresh, hot French fries? On my trip to Austin, Texas, I indulged in the best fries from a food truck, and I have been dreaming of them ever since.
Perfectly cut, delicious French fries. Mmm.. I can taste them now. Unfortunately, those fries aren’t so great for you, so I decided to create my own healthier version in my oven. A version, my picky eaters would love. What’s not to love about french fries?
In New Orleans, it’s a fact that we enjoy good food, and we like our food well seasoned. I thought of these truck fries from Austin, and imagined how we’d make them here in NOLA; they would certainly include some zesty flavor.
Instead of frying my fries in unhealthy oils, I baked mine in the oven with olive oil. I felt it was necessary to use some creole seasoning, parsley and freshly grated Parmesan. I have to admit, the result was unbelievable!
Serve With: Healthy Turkey Burgers
These fries could go well with almost any dinner. I served them with baked chicken and vegetables, for a well-balanced meal. Although, I might add, that my favorite way to eat french fries is with over easy eggs.
My kids fully approved, and that is always a good sign. Serve these for guests instead of the boring baked potato, and you are bound to impress their tastebuds – New Orleans style.
New Orleans Truck Fries
- 4 russet potatoes, washed and cut into even strips (peeling is optional)
- ¼ cup parsley, finely chopped
- ⅓ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 2 teaspoons creole seasoning, I used Zatarain’s Big & Zesty
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Wash, peel and cut the potatoes into strips. Soak in water and dry well.
- On a parchment paper lined baking sheet, toss the potatoes, creole seasoning and oil. Using your hands, toss well until everything is evenly coated.
- Bake for 20 minutes, checking after 10 minutes to flip for even browning.
- Remove from oven and coat potatoes with fresh Parmesan and parsley.
- Serve hot with a little mayo and ketchup.