Saturday, August 27, 2011

San Francisco Garlic Fries - Made Lite (Bon Appétit )

This recipe was published in the August 2011 issue of Bon Appétit Magazine. Bon Appétit  describes this recipe as "Our lighter take on the Gilroy Garlic Fries at the San Francisco Giants' AT&T Park forgoes the deep fryer in favor of a hot oven." My hometown of Monterey, California is no more than a 30 minute drive to Gilroy, California-- home of the Garlic Festival.  Drive another 1 1/2 hours north, and I'm in San Francisco.  I've never been to the AT&T Park, so I've never experienced these particular fries.  However, I'm a garlic lovin' fool and I am always on the lookout for baked oven fries.   Fries are one of my guilty pleasures, you see.   While I'm not 100% thrilled with my final photos of these baked fries (we were hungry and I didn't want these to get cold), I still wanted to share this fast and simple way of making garlic fries that are really delicious-- and I didn't miss the deep-fryer version of fries that I've been known to make at home (about once a year):


 I scaled the recipe in half by using two Russet potatoes, scrubbed clean and cut into planks.

Toss potatoes with 2½ tablespoons oil in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper.

Arrange in a single layer on baking sheet. Roast the potatoes, turning occasionally, until browned and tender, about 30 minutes. Increase heat to 500°. Continue roasting until fries are deep brown in spots, about 5 more minutes.

Meanwhile, whisk  ½ tablespoons oil, garlic, and parsley in a large bowl. 
NOTE: My garden flat-leaf parsley is finished for the season, so I used my curly parsley. Just a minor adaption...

Add hot fries, season with salt and pepper, and toss to coat.

 I served these fries with a Grilled Mar-A-Lago Turkey Burger.  Double less guilt!

VERDICT:  Hubs and I both enjoyed these baked fries.  What I liked about this recipe was tossing the baked fries in with a bit of oil and freshly minced garlic.  I also didn't need to pre-cook the fries in the microwave , as with my earlier Garlic Oven Fries.  I think it would be fun to use some seasoning salt and even more garlic.  Super easy.  Excellent recipe.

A printable recipe is at the end of this post.

Saturday, I'm out the door bright and early for a pasta making class.  I get to bring my Atlas pasta maker, and I will to learn how to make ravioli. My camera battery is charging, and I look forward to sharing that with you.







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24 comments:

bellini said...

These are a heal;thier version of the original fries. What I wouldn't give to go to the Gilroy Garlic Festival:D

ARLENE said...

I'm craving some of these right now. I can picture them with a big, juicy steak--hey, they're lite!

Noelle Marie said...

ok seriously... I think we are drawn to the same articles. hilarious. i'm making these on sunday with burgs for my father in law.

hope you get some sun today!

Suzanne said...

Oooooo, Debby. YUM!!!

Aarthi said...

WOW...I love this...YUMMY ONE...I love garlic in anything...Thanks for the recipe...

TKW said...

These look fantastic! I have a definite soft spot for fries, and if I don't eat the whole batch of these, I won't feel guilty!

Pam said...

They look pretty great! And the more garlic, the better!

Joanne said...

I love a good baked fry. I am definitely going to try these with sweet potato fries!

Valerie said...

Thanks for the recipe, Debby! I never have luck with oven fries (they're always too crispy on the outside and raw on the inside).

Yours look perfect! :-)

All Things Yummy said...

yum, love garlic fries and even better from the oven so I can eat more with less guilt.

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

I'm always in the market for super-easy recipes. These look fabulous. How fun to live near Gilroy.
Sam

Cathy at Wives with Knives said...

Can't wait to read about your pasta class, Debby. I've never made ravioli and would love to try it. Oven fries are the only way to go and they are perfect for me because I can make a small quantity. Heating up the deep fryer is way too much work for one potato. Love the garlic and parsley toss at the end.

mjskit said...

Debby - these look fantastic! I love the fact that they are baked and then the garlic parsley oil sounds wonderful. Love it that you left the skin on as well!

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Looks like a winner. Nice crispy fries with lots of yummy garlic are a winning combo!

The burger looks good too.

Stacey Snacks said...

Deb, the scallops and fries look delish! I love the garlic addition.

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

It is hard for me to resist potatoes in any form. Yours look delicious with the fresh ingredients tossed in after they have come out of the oven. My husband doesn't know how to act when he gets to eat a hot meal...usually it is lukewarm after photos.

Gloria said...

Look delicious!! gloria

Donna-FFW said...

OHHHH... I soooo love these Debby!!! They look absolutely phenomenal!!!!!

Christine said...

Serious yum! I'll be making these once I can bear to turn the oven on again. They sound utterly delicious. Love garlic. Hmm, may have to try something similar on the grill. Oh, and the previous post on Scallops Gratin is going on my "to make" list!

Kim said...

I love ordering garlic fries when I'm out and about, but never really thought about making them at home. This is the perfect recipe for me right now because I've really been trying to diet and lose some of those blogger pounds.

I wanted to ask you if you watched The Pioneer Woman new show on FN? I thought it was great and loved how they showed some of her life along with the recipes.

Curious Cook said...

WOW!! Those pictures had me craving for them fries, the moment I laid my eyes on it. Oh god! they looks absolutely yummy! Cant wait to try them. Thanks for the recipe!

Ama said...

Holy moly these look awesome!! :)

Chris and Amy said...

Love this lighter version of fries made so much tastier with garlic, like many things!

Bill said...

How can you go wrong with potatoes and garlic! I'm definitely trying this one!!