Perfect for a weeknight, Salt & Vinegar Baked French Fries are a crunchy and tart, healthy side dish.
When I was a child we lived in England. Have I told you about that? I probably have mentioned it before. What does that have to do with Salt & Vinegar Baked French Fries? Everything! I first fell in love with salt and vinegar crisps (potato chips) when we lived there. Of course, I cannot forget Fish & Chips sprinkled with malt vinegar and salt. Oh how I miss a good fish and chips. My husband was leaving for a business trip to India routing through London, and I was making a list of food for him to bring back. Cadbury’s chocolate was very top of the list along with some Walker’s Crisps. I know this is a healthy food blog, but I do love a little indulgence.
I was thinking about fish and chips which lead me to flavor some baked french fries with malt vinegar. This recipe wasn’t even a thought for the blog at that time. I was simply trying to get dinner on the table. It was only after the “vultures” (aka my husband and daughter) started nibbling on these right out of the oven, that I realized I had a hit on my hands. I heard “these are the best french fries you’ve ever made.” Really? I just threw some malt vinegar on them. I did use a different type of potato, too. As a result the french fries did crisp up and brown nicely. Now stop eating, I have to take pictures!
I really love thinking about the years we lived in England. It made the largest impact on my life. My Dad was in the Air Force and took a post in Oxfordshire. I was 7 years old at the time. The best decision they made was for us to live off the base and embrace the English culture. I remember talking to other military families that hated living in England, but that was because they never went off the base and never embraced the English culture. I went to an English school wearing a uniform and absolutely adoring the school lunches. Weird, I know.
England was not known as a culinary delight, but I totally embraced it all. Who could not love Bird’s custard, fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, Yorkshire pudding with a Sunday roast and even curry. Oh, the cheese and the bread – holy cow – magnificent. Once a week, I would be given 10 pence, about 10 cents, and could go to the store and buy 10 pieces of penny candy. Sometimes I would save it to buy a bag of crisps.
We lived in an old house down a tiny street. The house was so cold in the Winter, and I can remember sleeping in the dining room on occasion to stay warm. We didn’t have much money so my Mom got a job at a travel agency. That allowed us to travel around Europe and started my love of traveling and food. It opened my eyes and started my love of learning about different cultures and traditions.
Little did I know at the time, my husband was living in Scotland. Our lives were starting to intersect, or so the romantics in us like to think. Someday I look forward to taking my daughter to see the village and house were I use to live. She already loves to travel and learn about people and their culture. In the meantime, I can bring a lot of England to us here in Georgia. Try it yourself and bring a little of England into your home.
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Salt & Vinegar Baked French Fries
- 1 1/2 lbs red potatoes cut into 1/2 inch planks*
- 4 tsp oil
- 1 tbsp malt vinegar
- 3/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1/8 tsp fresh ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 450º.
Place a large baking sheet into the oven.
In a large bowl, toss together all the ingredients.
Take the baking sheet out of the oven and spread out the potatoes into a single layer.
Bake for 15 minutes. Then flip the potatoes over.
Bake for another 15 minutes, or until potatoes are lightly browned and crispy.
*You can cut off some of the skin to make the potatoes easier to cut into the same size planks.
I calculated 5 Weight Watcher Smartpoints.
Happy Healthy Eating,
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