Dec 26
2010

Baked French Fries Recipe with Chile Peppers & Cilantro

Baked French Fries Recipe with Chile Peppers & Cilantro

Another Christmas has come and gone, but we have a treasure trove of memories packed away. We shared some good laughs over some memorable family stories and had a couple of minor kitchen mishaps. As I was making my Green Beans with Balsamic Roasted Shallots, I plucked a bright green bean out of the water to taste-test it. Ten seconds later, my brother-in-law looked at me in disbelief as he asked, “Did you just eat half of that green bean and throw the other half back into the water?” A look of realization and horror spread over my face before we both burst into laughter. For the rest of the meal, we joked about who would be lucky enough to find the nibbled remnants of a green bean on their plate. Thank goodness for family forgiveness.

The afternoon was spent cooking and watching my boys discover their new toys, such as their pogo sticks, Nerf bow and arrow, and toolboxes.

Christmas/Fries Collage

They became honorary Canucks as they proudly wore the Vancouver hockey jerseys and hats my parents gave them. Oh, how that makes my heart fill with Canadian pride.

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Even with all of the generous presents received and the fantastic food consumed, the best part was letting ourselves become entwined in the magic of the day. With two young boys around, it is impossible not to feel the excitement and wonder of Christmas. As my husband said, “It is a very good day to be a kid.” We look forward to several days of relative quiet and lighter eating.

After consuming pounds of Nutella Chocolate Fudge with Sea Salt and Chocolate & Peppermint Wedding Cookies over the past several weeks, it is time to think about lightening things up a little. At the beginning of the year, I made Baked French Fries with Garlic, Parsley and Parmesan. Now, almost a year later, I decided to make another version of this easy, healthy snack, this time seasoning the fries with chile peppers and cilantro. The aroma – ethereal. The taste and texture – well, I will let you decide for yourself, but let me warn you…you will not be able to eat just one.

The recipe:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

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Cut potatoes lengthwise into slices that are 1/3-inch thick and then cut each slice into 1/3-inch thick strips. Dry the potatoes between two kitchen towels.

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In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, 3 tablespoons olive oil, and 1 teaspoon kosher salt.

Divide the potatoes between two baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spread into a single layer.

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Bake until the potatoes are golden brown, about 40 minutes, turning the potatoes every 10 minutes, and rotating the racks halfway through baking.

Heat 1 teaspoon olive in a small nonstick skillet set over medium heat. Add garlic and jalapenos and cook until fragrant, about 1 minutes. Take care not to burn the garlic.

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Place the cooked potatoes in a large bowl and toss with garlic, peppers, and cilantro. Taste (careful – they’ll be hot!) and season with additional salt, if necessary. Serve.

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Other baked French fries recipes:
Cookin’ Canuck’s Baked French with Garlic, Parsley & Parmesan Cheese
Dine & Dish’s Baked Sweet Potato Fries
The Purple Foodie’s Garlic Baked Fries
Joy the Baker’s Crunchy Oven Baked Fries with Herbes de Provence

Baked French Fries Recipe with Chile Peppers & Cilantro

Yield: Serves 4

From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com

Ingredients

  • 4 medium russet potatoes (about 1 ¾ pounds), unpeeled
  • 3 tbsp plus 1 tsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¾ large red jalapeno chile, seeded & membranes removed
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Cut potatoes lengthwise into slices that are 1/3-inch thick and then cut each slice into 1/3-inch thick strips. Dry the potatoes between two kitchen towels.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, 3 tablespoons olive oil, and 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Divide the potatoes between two baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spread into a single layer.
  4. Bake until the potatoes are golden brown, about 40 minutes, turning the potatoes every 10 minutes, and rotating the racks halfway through baking.
  5. Heat 1 teaspoon olive in a small nonstick skillet set over medium heat. Add garlic and jalapenos and cook until fragrant, about 1 minutes. Take care not to burn the garlic.
  6. Place the cooked potatoes in a large bowl and toss with garlic, peppers, and cilantro. Taste (careful – they’ll be hot!) and season with additional salt, if necessary. Serve.

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1 alison December 26, 2010 at 7:36 am

happy holidays!the french fries looks amazing,mouth watering(and here is the morning …)!

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2 danasfoodforthought December 26, 2010 at 3:44 pm

These sound like a great Christmas treat! I hope you and your family had a wonderful day!

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3 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. December 26, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Those look fabulous!

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4 Monet December 26, 2010 at 5:21 pm

What a lovely Christmas day. The boys are just adorable…they seem very content! These fries look delicious. I wish I had a plate beside me right now. I hope you have a blessed Sunday. Thank you for sharing this deliciousness with me!

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5 JodieMo December 26, 2010 at 6:29 pm

This sounds a great change from all of the sweets and heavy dishes I have been eating lately. I love the spicy chilis!

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6 Mark December 26, 2010 at 6:38 pm

Great flavors. These must have been great. I bet the kids loved them too.

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7 Liz the Chef December 27, 2010 at 12:12 am

So happy I found your site – lovely family, wonderful recipe and terrific photos!Not a huge cilantro fan, I might do flat-leaved parsley…

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8 Charlotte December 27, 2010 at 1:44 am

Yum – I would run to my kitchen and make these but have eaten too much to run anywhere and I already have leftover turkey casserole baking in the oven. Tomorrow perhaps. Love the boys in their Canucks shirts (go Canucks!). I too usually gift my English nephews with Canadian stuff.

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9 marla December 27, 2010 at 2:36 am

Awesome to see that you guys had such a fun & magical Christmas. I can only imagine the show you – or pardon me Santa-puts on for your boys. They look so happy.
Those fries – my kind of thing. Since I don't eat fried foods this is a recipe I would put right on the top of my must try list! XO

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10 kamran siddiqi December 27, 2010 at 4:45 am

Happy Holidays! These fries are something that I could go for right now. And it's almost midnight here. Wonderful post!

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11 Heather (Heather's Dish) December 27, 2010 at 5:02 am

these look amazing! just like the real deal…i'll take 'em ;)

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12 Petra (Zoom Yummy) December 27, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Mmm! This is what I call perfection! Yum! :) Petra

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13 Belinda @zomppa December 27, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Looks like someone had a great holiday! These are so festive, too!

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14 bunkycooks December 27, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Christmas is always so much fun with kids. I miss those days now that ours are older (not that I would want to go thru it all over again!). We will all be looking for lighter ways to prepare foods after the first of the year (without giving up flavor, of course). These fries look like a great way to do that. Have a great New Year's!

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15 doggybloggy December 27, 2010 at 3:57 pm

man o man those fries look good – I would love a big pile with a couple of poached eggs…

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16 briarrose December 27, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Wonderful topping choices. Chilies and cilantro….heaven!

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17 Evan @swEEts December 27, 2010 at 5:00 pm

I've tried to make fries before and they definitely don't look as crispy as yours do! These looks delicious. Glad to hear you had a nice holiday.. it is indeed a good day to be a kid :) And by the way, I made your nutella fudge and it's been a huge hit!

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18 Roxan December 27, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Baked french fries sound so good! Especially with the addition of cilantro, I looove cilantro. I'm glad you had a wonderful christmas!

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19 Maria December 27, 2010 at 9:11 pm

I could and will, eat a BIG plate of these fries!

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20 Ang December 27, 2010 at 9:35 pm

OH My. I looooove French fries. These look and sound so yummy. The flavors are so simple too.

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21 Kay Heritage December 28, 2010 at 1:29 am

Too good to be true! Baked fries packed with flavor! Great looking recipe, Dara!

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22 Jean December 28, 2010 at 3:00 am

What a great topping for baked french fries. I bet these disappeared fast. This reminds me to cook with potatoes more often.

Your boys are adorable!

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23 Nancy December 28, 2010 at 3:31 am

I remember when my boys were they age of yours – a truly magical time! But no worries, even at 17 and 15 it is still wonderful!!

I honestly love this type of fry and the chile and cilantro takes them over the top!!

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24 Cookin' Canuck December 28, 2010 at 5:03 am

Thanks so much for all of your kind comments. These fries are one of my favorite "treats" to make for my family. I love that there is very little guilt that goes along with them.

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25 Emily Malloy December 28, 2010 at 2:34 pm

I am drooooling. Homemade french fries are the best! Good thing they're time consuming because I'd make them all the time and be 10lbs heavier ;-)

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26 Tiffany December 28, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Cilantro is one of my favorite things in life and peppers are my husband's – garlic to boot, and we'd be one happy family with these!!

Thanks for sharing!

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27 Jenny December 28, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Love seeing pics of your cute family Dara! Your fries look to die for too :)

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28 Shannon December 28, 2010 at 5:05 pm

I absolutely love your recipes! I made the Nutella Fudge w/ Sea Salt and Chocolate Peppermint Wedding cookies and both were delicious! Everyone went crazy over the fudge. I think it will be an annual tradition for me now. Tonight I will be making your Chicken, Corn and Potato Chowder. I am telling everyone I know about your blog!

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29 Cookin' Canuck December 28, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Emily – This isn't actually terribly time-consuming and, since there's no hot oil being used, the clean-up is easy, too.

TIffany – Cilantro seems to be either a "love it" or "hate it" kind of herb. I'm definitely in the "love it" camp, too.

Jenny – Thank you. They had a ball on Christmas day. I hope yours did, too!

Shannon – Thank you so much for your sweet comment. I hope you enjoy the chowder – that's one of our favorites.

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30 Barbara Bakes December 29, 2010 at 3:19 am

Sounds like a perfect Christmas Day. Love the idea of baked fries. I need to make them more often.

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31 sweetlife December 29, 2010 at 3:28 am

what a funny story..and perfect fires, love the flavor combo…cute pics,

sweetlife
happy holidays!

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32 SeattleDee December 29, 2010 at 4:22 pm

I loved this family-centric post! and I really like the notion of baked fiery french fries being light, healthy fare. YUM!

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33 warmvanillasugar December 29, 2010 at 7:26 pm

Oh my goodness, these look wonderful!

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34 Tracy December 29, 2010 at 8:11 pm

I love homemade French fries; they are the best! Love your combination of flavors and will definitely have to try it!

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35 Jason Phelps December 30, 2010 at 2:26 am

We have a food truck in Boston that makes fries with rosemary in the fryer. You know when they put a batch down because you can smell it! Both recipes you have shared seem worthy a try at home. I did get a mandolin earlier in the year and haven't used the fry setting yet!

Jason

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36 Suzanne December 30, 2010 at 4:31 am

OK. YUM! You always pique my southwestern taste buds. And my eyes are always totally mesmerized by your photos. These have to happen in my kitchen soon!!!!

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37 SMITH BITES December 31, 2010 at 3:31 pm

OMG – those boys are sooooooo cute!!! and i LOVE these fries – you're right, after all the sweet/fat/heavy stuff we've been eating for a month, these will be a welcomed treat!

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38 Mother Rimmy December 31, 2010 at 6:46 pm

I love the picture of the boys! So cute! Happy New Year to you and your family. I look forward to visiting your blog in the coming new year!

Kristi

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39 Heather January 4, 2011 at 10:41 pm

Wow. Yes, I definitely want these!!

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40 Jeanette January 7, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Great healthy way to enjoy fries. Love the fresh peppers and cilantro on top!

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41 Candy Byrd November 9, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Made your fries tonight. They were a big hit, my husband said I should have made more, I halfed the recipe. Great recipe!

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