I have to confess, French fries are one of my favorite foods. I can’t resist them, whether they are from a fast-food drive-through or a fine restaurant.
Luckily, these garlic-laced “fries” satisfy my cravings in a more healthful way. They are baked in healthy oil, not fried, and the nutrient-rich skins are left on the potato. They come out golden brown, tender on the inside and crisp on the outside.
A final toss with chopped parsley gives them that real French bistro feel.
What you need:
3 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 tablespoon)
2 tablespoons canola oil
3 large baking potatoes
1⁄2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
Preheat the oven to 450°F.
Heat the garlic and oil together in a small saucepan over medium heat for 2 minutes.Strain the garlic from the oil with a small mesh strainer. Set both garlic and oil aside.
Cut the potatoes into 1⁄4-inch-thick matchsticks. In a large bowl, toss together the oil, potatoes, and salt. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray and spread the potatoes on it in a single layer.Bake until golden and crisp, about 35 minutes.
Remove the potatoes from the baking sheet with a metal spatula. In a serving bowl, toss them with the parsley, reserved garlic, and salt to taste. Serve immediately.
Serving size: 3⁄4 cup
Total fat: 7 grams
Monosaturated fat: 4 grams
Polysaturated fat: 2 grams
Saturated fat: .6 grams
Protein: 6 grams
Carbohydrates: 47 grams
Fiber: 3.5 grams
Cholesterol: 0 milligrams
Sodium: 304 milligrams
These fries are also an excellent source of the following: manganese, potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin K, copper, fiber, folate, iron, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, protein and thiamin.
Ellie Krieger is a best-selling author, registered dietician and host of the hit show, “Healthy Appetite,” on the Food Network. Learn more at elliekrieger.com.