There are a few pretty hipster restaurants near us. And a few years ago when we went to one they served their fries with a truffle mayo. I had thought that the concept of fries dipped in mayo was disgusting, but I also hate ketchup (my husband still thinks this is cause for believing I'm a sleeper agent for another country. LOL!) However, I was so wrong! Their mayo was so light and delicious. It made for a great dipping sauce.
After FINALLY learning how to make mayonnaise from scratch, I decided to give gourmet fries and mayo a go myself. And now, I will never go back to frozen, bagged french fries.
These homemade garlic Parmesan fries are so easy and do still have a crisp to them even though they aren't fried. And while I give you the recipe for garlic Parmesan fries, the concept is so versatile. I've made paprika fries and some with Gruyere instead of Parmesan. You could add some smoked paprika to your mayo as well to change up the flavors.
So the next time you are in the mood for fries, try this healthier alternative to the drive-thru and those pre-packaged fries. I promise that you will never go back. Plus, these are a great crowd pleaser with a little wow factor if you're entertaining friends!
- 4 medium potatoes
- 1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp parsley flakes
- 1 tsp coarse salt
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
- 1 farm fresh egg
- 1 TBSP lemon juice
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1/4 tsp white pepper
- 1/2 tsp coarse salt
- 1 finely minced garlic clove
- 1 cup grapeseed oil
- Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Peel your potatoes. Cut each into potato into 1/4-inch slices and then cut the slices into 1/4-inch spears.
- Drizzle with olive oil.
- Add the garlic powder, parsley flakes, salt and Parmesan.
- Using your hands, toss the fries to make sure they are coated evenly with the the spices and oil.
- Place the fries in a single layer on your baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
- After 15 minutes, remove the fries and flip them. Return to the oven for another 15 minutes.
- While the fries are baking make your mayo.
- Add the egg, lemon juice, mustard, pepper, salt, garlic and oil to a small container (in that order)
- Using a hand blender, mix until emulsion occurs.*
- After the second 15 minutes of the fries baking, turn the oven to broil.
- Broil for approximately 5 minutes or until the fries start to crisp and turn brown. Pay VERY close attention while broiling as the fries can burn quickly at this point.
- Remove from oven and serve with garlic mayo for dipping.
- *For more tips and a video on making mayonnaise, visit this post here.