I don’t remember when was the last time I deep fried any food. Maybe Hannukah, and probably it wasn’t even me standing next to the stove. I’m pretty sure my husband was in charge… Fried food is very rare in our menu! But I must admit and say that once in a while I do crave a bowl of deep fried salted french fries. This is the time and point when we enjoy restaurants (once in a blue moon!). Regardless of health and nutrition value ( which deep fried food does not provide), It’s been years and years that my oven became my real best friend! And I’m so thankful for that. I will take this opportunity to share with you a true story which has tragically led me to the reason why I don’t see myself frying in my kitchen under any circumstance maybe ever again. It was 10 years ago when I was newly married and my husband and I hosted a party of a crazy amount of people, maybe 80 or even a 100. Wanting to impress my guests (which were all over my little kitchen) I decided to make Moroccan fried donats knowen as Sfenj! Talking to people instead of paying close attention I ended up putting my very wet right hand into a bubbling smoking hot deep oil pot! A serious 4-degree burn that had left me a handicapped student (I was finishing my finance degree at that time) for over a year, unable to cook, write, tie my shoes or zip my zipper and the list goes on and on and on. The recovery was painful and long but I was so so blessed to be left without any scar or mark (which is so rare when burning from oil) at all. It took me time to go back into the kitchen, slowly slowly I developed my courage again and started to cook, more consciously, more HEALTHY! Today, being blessed with my precious kids it is important for me to show them that unhealthy food can totally be transformed into a healthy treat, fun and memorable thing. This baked french fries is no less than perfection. To boost nutrition value, you may add sweet potato as well. For the kids, just to make it more appetizing, you may use a fun cutting knife. I make this fries on weekly basis and we all enjoy it without guilt. Try it for yourself!
Preheat your oven to 420 degrees
1). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
2). Cut the potatoes (I love the skin on) and pat dry with a paper towel.
3). Place on a baking sheet, mix or spray the oil well
4). Sprinkle the salt and massage with your hands for a few seconds
5). Bake for 40-45 minutes until soft and golden brown.
6). Try not to finish the whole thing before serving:)!
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