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Pad Thai Inspired Baked French Fries

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I have a total obsession for French fries. No matter how hard I resist them I just cannot stay away; they always make me weak in my knees. Darn I hate it! I need them when I am happy and of course when I am not happy and everything in between. There is absolutely no control of any kind here. This cycle is a delicious cruelty.

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Anyways, as I know my obsession was not going anywhere and I cannot live without fries, so I decided to make a healthier version for my sin; my very own “Pad Thai Inspired Baked French Fries”… Sounds good right!

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OK, I totally know oven-baked fries are not the real-deal and they just don’t have that oil kissed goodness that you love. But you have to agree that they are good for you and trust me they taste good too. These babies here taste wonderful, the Thai style seasoning adds delicious layer of texture to the fries. I love adding chopped peanuts, scallion and cilantro in here too but you can play around and make it the way you like. Also I like using both potatoes and sweet potatoes, again feel free to make it your way

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So give these, “Pad Thai Inspired French Fries” a try next time you want to have some French Fries.

Pad Thai Inspired Baked French Fries

Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 russet potatoes, peeled
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Seasoning-
  • 1-tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons of Asian fish sauce
  • 1-tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated lime zest
  • Topping-
  • ½ cup chopped dry-roasted peanuts
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 scallions, chopped.
  • Salt and Pepper to taste.
  • Lime wedges to be served on side.

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F and line a large or 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Rinse the peeled potatoes and sweet potatoes and cut them lengthwise into 1/4 to 3/8-inch wide strips.
  3. Soak the cut strips in cold water for 10-15 minutes (this helps in removing the excess starch). Drain the potatoes and dry them thoroughly using a kitchen towel/paper towel. Make sure the potatoes strips are thoroughly dry; we don’t want any excess moisture.
  4. In a bowl toss the potato strips with oil. Make sure all the strips get evenly coated. Spread the strips in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 40-45 minutes, turning them 3-4 times during baking.
  5. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the seasoning mixture. Toss the potatoes well to nicely coat the seasoning on all the strips and return them to the oven for just a few more minutes to get everything nice and warm. (3-4 minutes)
  6. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the toppings and give it a quick toss. Check for seasoning and serve immediately.

Notes

You can use only potatoes or sweet potatoes instead of both together if you want. Also you can adjust the heat as per your choice.

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