There are two types of bloggers in this online world.
1. The “Type A” Blogger: This blogger sticks to a strict editorial calendar, knowing months in advance what she/he will be posting. Meticulous, tidy notes are kept on every thought and word. I think the perfect description is, “organized planner”.
2. The “Type B” Blogger: AKA the “carefree blogger”. Lettuce goes on sale at the farmer’s market and the next week a leafy-green salad recipe and blog post are created. There are notes, but they are loosely found here and there. Causal and spontaneous are the words that best fit this blogger.
I tend to fall in the middle. I want to adhere to a strict schedule, and long for a well-planned editorial calendar to grace my desk, perfectly highlighted and color coordinated. Oh, the thought just makes my little heart happy. I try to be this blogger, until the beautiful heads of lettuce hit the market, or my cravings kick-in and that chicken that once looked so good on my perfectly organized calendar is quickly scratched off. I’m learning to embrace my inner spontaneous personality and roll with the market finds and cravings.
Today, I fully planned to share a kickin’ summer chicken recipe with you. Deliciously marinated in fresh herbs and garlic, tossed together with a squeeze of robust lemon, and just the right amount of olive oil. Grilled until crispy and moist. But, my inner “Type B” blogger has been calling for a spontaneous change. And when that change involves real food homemade french fries, surrender is a must.
Don’t worry, friends. I’ll be sharing the chicken recipe soon. You’ll want it, trust me, it’s deliciously simple.
With all the summer treats and grilling, there’s one food we need tucked away in our real food recipe arsenal. A food that perfectly compliments that crispy chicken or juicy grass-fed burger. So, here’s to being spontaneous and enjoying a big ol’ bowl of real food homemade french fries.
Seasoned with mineral-rich sea salt and fried in healthy coconut oil, homemade fries might even be deemed “healthy”. These fries have two options: baked or fried. Both techniques produce a deliciously, crispy french fry. If you feel like being extra fancy, I recommend topping homemade fries with a sprinkling of fresh herbs. Spoon-out a big helping of homemade ketchup (recipe coming next week), and you’ve got yourself a real healthy, real food makeover of an American summer classic. Aren’t you glad I embraced my spontaneous side?
PS: Don’t think your kids like real food or veggies? Cook up a batch of these homemade fries and then we’ll talk!
Homemade French Fries
- 5 russet potatoes
- 1-4 TB coconut oil melted
- 1 pinch salt
- fresh herbs chopped (optional)
- Wash and Scrub potatoes.
- Cut the potatoes into even strips. I find it easiest to cut each potato in half lengthwise and then cut strips. I leave the skin on the potatoes, but you’re welcome to peel them first.
- Place the cut potatoes in a large bowl filled with cold water. Let the potatoes soak for 30 minutes, at room temperature.
- After 30 minutes, remove the potatoes from the water. Place the potatoes on a towel, and dry.
- At this point you have a choice: baking or frying.
- If you’d like to bake the fries, preheat the oven to 425F. Toss the potatoes with 1 TB of melted coconut oil. Scatter the oiled potatoes on a baking sheet (I prefer a baking stone, like this). One single layer of potatoes, please. This helps the fries bake evenly. Sprinkle with salt. Bake for 30 minutes, turning half way through baking.
- If you’d like to fry the fries, heat 4 TB coconut oil in a large saucepan (I use my cast iron skillet). Wait until the oil is hot to add the potatoes. Very carefully add a single layer of potatoes to the oil. Cook the potatoes for 4-5 minutes over medium to high heat, turning at the half way mark. Once cooked, place the fries on a paper-towel-covered plate and sprinkle with salt. Continue cooking the rest of the potatoes in the oil.
- Serve the fries warm. If desired, sprinkle with fresh herbs and dip in ketchup. My homemade ketchup recipe is coming to the blog next week.
Does the coconut oil give the fries a coconutty taste? I use it in baking all the time, but the one savory recipe I used it in (roasted broccoli) had a very disgusting coconut taste.
Hey Caitie, It will depend on your coconut oil. Some coconut oil has a very strong coconut taste. I’m thinking the answer is yes, if you’re using the same coconut oil as used in making the roasted broccoli. You can also use olive oil for baking.
Kristin, I am loving your blog! Your recipes, DIYs, and honest writing are really making my night! 🙂
Thank you so much, Lauren. I’ll head over and check out your blog :).
My search didn’t find the ketchup recipe you referred to. Did you end up not posting it after all?
Hey Julie, It’s actually still sitting in drafts, just waiting photos…that needs to go out ASAP! Here’s the recipe I adapt my recipe from: http://www.mommypotamus.com/quick-homemade-ketchup/.
All I can say is Yum, I love a homemade french fry 🙂
Thanks, Jedha. Me too 🙂
Do you put the oiled fries on the pizza stone or do you put the baking sheet on the pizza stone?
Hi Jon, Cook the oiled potatoes on either a baking/pizza stone or a cookie/baking sheet. I prefer a baking/pizza stone, but either one will work fine.
Hi Jon, Use either a baking/pizza stone or a regular baking sheet. Either one will cook the fries well. I personally prefer the baking stone.