Celebrate National French Fry Day with healthy, homemade fries
By Brittany Anas
The French Fry gets its own day. Just like the doughnut. And the margarita. And, hey, we’re game to celebrate the potato in its best form. National French Fry Day is July 13.
In honor of the day, Red Robin is sharing survey results that attest to Americans’ love of french fries. Survey says: 33 percent of those in the U.S. would not sacrifice their last french fry — even to a celebrity. (That’s right, Taylor Swift, er, T-swift, we’re girls, but you’re not getting my last french fry). For those who were willing to part with their last fry, almost one quarter were willing to hand it over to Ellen DeGeneres. Science is science, people.
In honor of National French Fry day, we’ve taken to our test kitchen to come up with ways to skinny-fy french fries. The revered fry deserves to be celebrated, so don’t be giving it a shoddy salute at a drive-thru window! Also, save money on your next trip to the grocery store with grocery coupons from ShopAtHome.com.
With your homemade fries, you’ll save calories and fat grams by baking them, rather than frying them. It’s super easy and you’ll get all the nutrients of potatoes in a side dish that tastes like a guilty pleasure snack. One medium-sized potato packs 620 milligrams of potassium (but make sure you leave the skin on because it’s loaded with nutrients). It’s 110 calories with no fat, no cholesterol. Did you also know that a medium potato has 45 percent of your daily value of vitamin C? It unfairly gets eliminated from the diet food category — but we think that’s because of all the toppings (read: Sour cream, butter, cheese).
- Preheat your oven to 350 and coat a baking sheet with non-stick pan spray; cut your potato length wise. If you like thin fries (oui, pomme frites!), cut your potato in half inch slices. For steak fries, cut about an inch. In a small bowl, drizzle with olive oil and coat your potato slices. One half tablespoon of oil works well for a medium potato.
- Season your fries with your favorite flavors. For Idaho or russet potatoes, we dig sea salt (1/4 teaspoon), garlic salt (1/2 teaspoon) and cracked black pepper. (Measurements are for 1 medium-sized potato). For sweet potatoes, we used a cinnamon-sugar blend and sprinkled a tablespoon over a whole potato. Other ideas for fry seasoning: Ranch dressing powder; cajun seasoning, red pepper, or paprika and chili powder for a cajun kick. Start light with your seasoning and adjust if you want more flavor once the fries come out hot.
- Bake on the lower rack for about 20 to 25 minutes.
Happy fry day, home fries!
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