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Healthy Cajun French Fries

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Like I promised the other day, here is my latest and greatest fry recipe. I am a bit of a french fry nut, so I used our road trip as the perfect excuse to become a french fry connoisseur. I tried them all. Beer battered fries, oven baked fries, thick cut, thin cut, garlic fries, parmesan fries…. mmmm those greasy little sticks were my nemesis. However…. fast food fries have a serious conflict of interest with my usual healthy eating lifestyle so I’ve had to cut some corners. Most people make oven fries by tossing them in oil, but I’ve chosen something even healthier…. egg whites! That way you never have to feel guilty because all you are enjoying is the simplicity of a potato with the added protein of eggs. And in my opinion, the egg whites give a much crispier coating than the oil anyways. I have a regular healthy french fry recipe here, but I wanted to spice things up a bit. This cajun/creole french fry seasoning is from Emeril Lagasse and the flavor combination is outstanding with the perfect amount of kick. These fries are a great sidekick to any BBQ entrée so fire up the barbie and grab your ketchup!

Ingredients

  • 2 large baking potatoes, scrubbed (or one per person)
  • 1 large egg white
  • 2 teaspoons seasoning, recipe follows

 French Fry Seasoning

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and grease a large non-stick baking sheet.

2. Pat the potatoes dry and slice lengthwise into 1/2-inch thick slices. Turn each slice flat and slice again lengthwise into even fries. Put fries into large ziplock bag.

3. In a small bowl, whisk the egg whites until very light and foamy. Add to ziplock bag and shake to coat.

4. In small mixing bowl, combine seasonings and sprinkle desired amount into the ziplock bag (I ended up having a lot of seasoning mix leftover which just means easier preparation next time)

5. Spread the coated potatoes on the prepared baking sheet, not touching. Bake for 15 minutes then flip the fries. Bake 10-15 minutes longer until golden and crispy.

The smell of French Fries is the one most enticing smell. As soon as you smell them, you start making excuses for yourself.

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  1. It’s almost as if you wrote this post just for me! I love, love, love french fries (beer-battered are my absolute favorites), but I feel guilty when I eat too many of the greasy fast food variety. I didn’t realize that egg whites would create a crisp outer skin; I’ll definitely have to try that!