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5 Ways To Season Your Fries Beyond Salt

Monday, August 6, 2018

French fries are everyone’s favourite. A crisp exterior and fluffy white insides make this one of the most addictive sides (or meals, for some). Usually seasoned with salt, there is not much else that is done to them. BIG MISTAKE. The French fry is a blank canvas waiting for someone to dress it up with something other than salt. Think about it: It’s already great with a slight sprinkle of salt — just imagine how spectacular it can be with just a few more ingredients. Less is not always more. Here are our favourite ways to completely transform fries in ways you never imagined.

Pepper Fries

After your fries have come out of the fryer or oven, toss it with chopped onions and sweet peppers, salt and red chilli flakes. Chili flakes and onions complement each other, playing on salty and spicy flavours. The heat from the hot fries slightly cooks the peppers and onions, which in turn makes them sweet but still crunchy. No chicken needed with these chips.

Garlic Fries

Before cooking your fries, mix together finely chopped chadon beni and habanero peppers, garlic and salt. Set aside and toss with your hot fries after frying or baking. The heat intensifies the flavours of the garlic and herbs, making them smell like chow. There are not any fries on Earth better seasoned than these — plus, it is just as addictive as chow.

Bacon + Cheese Fries

Here’s a twist on nachos. But note that these fries need to be served hot. This idea is a good way to spruce up fries that may have gone cold. Place your fries on a baking sheet, top with cheese, bacon crumbles and sliced jalapeños. Broil in the oven for five to ten minutes. Sprinkle chopped chives over it and dig in! It sounds simple but it’s definitely a game-changer, especially for what you considered old, unrevivable fries.

Barbecued Fries

Sweet and spicy barbecue is the perfect way to season your fries. If you’re the one who is always requesting barbecued chips at a lime then this is right up your alley. Mix all the ingredients beforehand and toss in after the fries are done cooking. Combine paprika, cayenne pepper, brown sugar, garlic and onion powder, chilli powder and chopped chadon beni. Toss while your fries are still hot.

Jerk Fries

We could not possible be the only ones who love to douse their fries in jerk sauce. That slightly, sweet, savoury and spicy sauce has it all. To keep the fries crispy, try a jerk seasoning. Combine salt, allspice, onion powder, cayenne, black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and brown sugar. Ok, phew! Yes, it is a lot but trust us it is worth it! (You can even make a big batch of it and use it to make jerk chicken or pork.) Sprinkle your jerk seasoning on your fries while they are hot (this makes the spices become fragrant and adhere to the fries better) and toss to combine. Dip in garlic sauce or eat on its own.


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