Remember when we talked about how some experiments come out great and some are disasters? Well, there are also those that fall somewhere in the middle. For instance, the oven baked French fries I'm about to describe.
In theory, they're wonderful. No deep frying, no butter, not a lot of salt, good use of a potato...
But what happens when they just don't turn out the way they're supposed to?
Come on, you know the answer to that one. If at first you don't succeed...
Yep, I tried again. And I plan to continue trying in the future. I'm open to suggestions for seasoning. But I'm getting ahead of myself here.
Here's the first attempt:
I used my handy-dandy crinkle cutter to cut baking potatoes into bite-sized pieces. Let me go off on a quick tangent here. I got this crinkle cutter as part of my Pampered Chef starter packet years ago. Figured I'd never use the thing. I was wrong. This is the best vegetable cutter ever invented. So much easier than a knife for things like broccoli and cauliflower. I use knives for tomatoes and onions, but this is great for the bigger items. Love, love, love it.
Okay, back to the experiment:
With my potatoes cut into nice fry-sized crinkles, I dosed them with beaten egg whites. Why? Because I figured that would make my seasonings stick better. Hmm.... more on that in a minute.
I then tossed the coated crinkles in a large bowl containing a mixture of minced garlic and taco seasoning. We like taco seasoning and I thought that would be flavorful enough.
What happened? Well, when I poured the crinkles out onto a cookie sheet, I got a mess! Egg white glop everywhere. Still, I pressed on.
I baked the crinkles for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees, and I think I should have left them in about 5 minutes more. The crispier versions were better than the floppy ones, but the worst part of it was the fact that the taco seasoning provided almost no flavor whatsoever.
Family verdict: Not bad. Not great.
The true test came an hour later when I looked at how many were left. Almost the entire batch. This one was a no-go.
So I tried again, changing things up a bit. Instead of fry-shaped potatoes, I opted for chip-shaped potatoes. I figured this gave me more surface to season, and it might provide more flavor. This time I decided against the egg white base and sprayed the potatoes (both sides) with olive oil flavored Pam instead.
To keep things constant, I should have used taco seasoning. But I didn't feel like it. Instead, I opted for lemon pepper seasoning on half, simple sea salt on the rest. I then popped them into the oven at 350 degrees for about 27 minutes.
Much, much better. I strongly preferred the lemon-pepper version to the simple salt version. Little bit spicy, but that was good. Next time I'll slice the potatoes just a tiny bit thinner and leave them in the oven for a couple of extra ticks.
The best part is that the possibilities are endless. Lemon pepper today, tomorrow, who knows? Any suggestions?
Thanks for sharing my experiment today!
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