My parents and Shane's parents both grew up in Idaho in the heart of potato country. We both grew up eating lots of potatoes. They were a staple to say the least. I am not a huge fan and so we eat them sparingly at our house. My kids several years ago wouldn't eat them at all. I found out about blue potatoes (although my kids call them purple since they look way more purple than blue) while rifling through a gardening magazine. I thought that my kids might actually eat them if they were a fun color. I think it was 6 years ago that I planted them for the first time. Back then you had to order them online and they were hard to find even then. Now, I buy the starts at Home Depot! I am glad they are easier to find because they really are a fun thing to grow.
My kid's favorite way to eat them is to make homemade fries :)
After scrubbing them like crazy, I peel them and rinse them off again. We like thin and crunchy fries so I cut mine thin-ish. Too thin and they will be too hard to eat.
As I cut them I put them in a bowl of cold water. Once they are all cut, I drain them and dry them off with a dish cloth.
Coat a cookie sheet with your choice of oil or with butter. I have one of those spray pumps for oil and I also spray the potatoes. After I coat them with oil, I sprinkle salt on them. If you don't have a way to spray the oil, you can also add them to a gallon sized baggie and mix them around.
I bake them at 425 degrees until they start to brown. The time will depend on the thickness of the fries and your oven but it is usually around 15-20 minutes.
We like to eat them with fry sauce and of course, burgers. This burger is a yummy black bean burger that I shared the recipe for the other day. You can also read how I make the southwest style fry sauce.
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Do you ever make your own fries? Do you deep fat fry them or bake them in the oven?
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