Party Baked Fries (Potato, Sweet Potato, Purple Yam & Parsnip)

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Fries! I made all these fries (except the purple yam) individual before, but I felt like having a big fries party because I just happened to have all the ingredients that can make fries. That included the sweet potato, potato, yam and parsnip! How full on is this going to be? I was so excited, especially that it’s going to be a very flavoured one!

I’ve been investigating on how to make crispy fries in the oven for a while and each time, I felt as if I have improved a little more. I finally figured out all the secrets! Firstly, you have to put the fries in hot water with a little bit of salt. This takes out the starch, which happens to make things crispier. Next, there’s art in baking too. You should bake it at 475F if possible, and steam it with foil covering the tray for 5 minutes, then another 25-30 minutes just baking it.

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These fries turned out quite delicious and I tried making it with different spices. I made two different batches and the third one, I just did a repeat, but seriously, you can try whatever spices you wish and see how it comes out. If you like chili peppers, make an ultra spicy version. If you like curry, make some curried fries. Let your imagination run wild!

I think the best candidate for fries is probably the purple yam. It just tastes so perfect, really hard and crunchy!

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The orange sweet potato and parsnip are a little harder, you definitely should try and chop them as small as you can so they aren’t soft when you bake them, as I doubt many of us likes soggy fries.

A little hint: For the best tasting, crispy fries, make sure you chop them into small slices that are not too thin.

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Party Fries (Potato, Sweet Potato, Yam & Parsnip)

1 medium sweet potato
1 medium purple yam/sweet potato
1 potato
1 large parsnip
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Batch 1
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
1 tablespoon extra light olive oil
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
A few sprinkles Himalayan/Sea salt

Batch 2
1 tablespoon extra light olive oil
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon Italian herbs
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
A few sprinkles Himalayan/Sea salt
A few sprinkles ground black pepper

Batch 3
Repeat of batch 1 or 2, or spices of your choice
Other spices: Rosemary, dill, curry powder, Garam Masala, cayenne pepper.

Wash the potato, sweet potato, yam and parsnip and use a peeler to remove the skin. You don’t have to throw the peels or excess bits away, it can be boiled as a broth. Chop them into fry-like long slices, be sure they are small. Also, try and keep them all about the same size if possible, otherwise you will have some cooking before others.

Put the fries in a large pot filled with hot water and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Let the fries sit for about 30 minutes to drain out a lot of the starch, which will make it crispier. Afterwards, drain all the water from the pot and use a lot of paper towels to pat them dry. Leave them somewhere for another half an hour to completely dry off, preferably under a fan or sun.

Separate the fries into three batches as one will not fit in the oven. Lay them over three oven trays if you have it, otherwise set the others aside and only bake one batch at a time. Preheat oven to 475°F (246°C) and lay one batch of fries evenly on the tray without any overlapping each other.

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Batch 1: Peel and mince the garlic and sprinkle it over the fries, then add the olive oil, nutritional yeast, onion powder, garlic powder and salt. Use your hands or a spoon to give it a good mix so that all the oil and spices cover the fries.

Batch 2: Add the olive oil, paprika, cumin, Italian herbs, oregano, mustard, thyme, salt and pepper. Give it a good stir with a spoon or your hands to make sure the fries are covered with spices and oil.

Batch 3: I shall leave it up to your imagination to create this one!

Baking the Fries: Cover the baking tray with aluminum foil and bake for 5 minutes with the foil on to steam the fries. Then, remove the foil and bake for about 15-20 minutes. Check to see if the bottom has browned. If so, then take the tray out of the oven and flip the individual fries over. Bake the fries on the other side for another 10-15 minutes until all sides are brown and crispy. It may take even longer, so keep a constant lookout for it.

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Party Baked Fries (Potato, Sweet Potato, Purple Yam & Parsnip)
Serves: 4
 

Ingredients
  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 1 medium purple yam/sweet potato
  • 1 potato
  • 1 large parsnip
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
Batch 1
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon extra light olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • A few sprinkles Himalayan/Sea salt
Batch 2
  • 1 tablespoon extra light olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Italian herbs
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon ground mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • A few sprinkles Himalayan/Sea salt
  • A few sprinkles ground black pepper
Batch 3
  • Repeat of batch 1 or 2, or spices of your choice
  • Other spices: Rosemary, dill, curry powder, Garam Masala, cayenne pepper.

Instructions
  1. Wash the potato, sweet potato, yam and parsnip and use a peeler to remove the skin. You don’t have to throw the peels or excess bits away, it can be boiled as a broth. Chop them into fry-like long slices, be sure they are small. Also, try and keep them all about the same size if possible, otherwise you will have some cooking before others.
  2. Put the fries in a large pot filled with hot water and ¼ teaspoon of salt. Let the fries sit for about 30 minutes to drain out a lot of the starch, which will make it crispier. Afterwards, drain all the water from the pot and use a lot of paper towels to pat them dry. Leave them somewhere for another half an hour to completely dry off, preferably under a fan or sun.
  3. Separate the fries into three batches as one will not fit in the oven. Lay them over three oven trays if you have it, otherwise set the others aside and only bake one batch at a time. Preheat oven to 475°F (246°C) and lay one batch of fries evenly on the tray without any overlapping each other.
  4. Batch 1: Peel and mince the garlic and sprinkle it over the fries, then add the olive oil, nutritional yeast, onion powder, garlic powder and salt. Use your hands or a spoon to give it a good mix so that all the oil and spices cover the fries.
  5. Batch 2: Add the olive oil, paprika, cumin, Italian herbs, oregano, mustard, thyme, salt and pepper. Give it a good stir with a spoon or your hands to make sure the fries are covered with spices and oil.
  6. Batch 3: I shall leave it up to your imagination to create this one!
  7. Baking the Fries: Cover the baking tray with aluminum foil and bake for 5 minutes with the foil on to steam the fries. Then, remove the foil and bake for about 15-20 minutes. Check to see if the bottom has browned. If so, then take the tray out of the oven and flip the individual fries over. Bake the fries on the other side for another 10-15 minutes until all sides are brown and crispy. It may take even longer, so keep a constant lookout for it.

 

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