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IRREGULAR TIMESA Recipe for Healthy Fries on the Cheap
(Vive La France!)

Dear Reader,

Below is a simple recipe for easy, cheap and healthy french fries. What, you say, no snarky political commentary? No analysis of religious symbolism? No rhapsodic consideration of roots in ovens? Nope, not this time. Sometimes a tuber is just a tuber -- this recipe just makes it tuberer.

Credit goes to a friend, who brought them to dinner one Sunday and shared her secret. Thanks, A P-E.

Healthy Fries on the Cheap

  1. Slice up some nice, long russet potatoes. 2 potatoes should feed two people. 3 potatoes should feed three.
  2. Slice up the potatoes into long strips.
  3. OK, here's the non-obvious part: mix water with a fair amount of salt, enough to taste like the ocean.
  4. Soak those potato strips in the salt water.
  5. Go read a book or something like that for two hours.
  6. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  7. Take a bag (plastic, paper, vinyl, leather, concrete) and put in whatever dry seasonings suit your fancy. These might include:
    • pepper
    • seasoned salt
    • Bay seasoning
    • chili powder
    • paprika
    • Garlic powder
    • Some kind of material to coat the potato (wheat germ, flour, corn starch)
  8. Take the strips out of the water, then put them in the bag (plastic, paper, vinyl, leather, concrete).
  9. Close the bag tightly, then shake it all around.
  10. Put the now-coated fries onto a cookie sheet that has been just barely coated with a smidgen of olive oil.
  11. Stick that cookie sheet in the oven. Close the door and all that.
  12. After about 10 minutes, flip 'em with a spatula.
  13. Continue to bake the fries until they look nice and toasty (the time will depend on how thick your fries are cut and on your taste, but ours usually take another 30 minutes)
  14. Eat!

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