Monday, April 28, 2014

San Francisco Garlic Fries (Secret Recipe Club)

San Francisco Garlic Fries homemade by

Another month has flown by and it's Secret Recipe Club time again!

This month I was assigned Melissa's blog Fried Ice and Donut Holes. I really love the story behind her blog's name that her Grandpa used to tell them all to behave or they'd be having fried ice and donut holes (aka nothing) for dinner.

Stories about grandpas are making me a little teary at the moment as we got some sad news yesterday that my Grandad passed away. He was 91, married for more than 60 years to my Grandma (who passed away a few years ago) and an all-round great character. Such a great sense of humour, easy way with people and so successful in everything he put his mind to. He will be missed.

Moving on to this month's recipe, I had a great time perusing Melissa's blog and found some real gems including her No-Bake Energy Bites and Buffalo Chicken Shepherd's Pie. But as soon as I saw the fries they were calling my name.

We're still on a bit of a health kick and tend not to buy takeaway anymore BUT that doesn't mean we can't make our own cheaper and healthier versions at home! And these San Francisco Garlic Fries fit the bill perfectly.

We ate these with some gorgeous pan-fried salmon, avocado and salad on Good Friday and it was an amazing meal. These are hands-down the best fries I've ever made. I kept some plain for Charlie (who's 3 and a very fussy eater) but Oscar loved them with garlic and parsley too.

These are a winner!

San Francisco Garlic Fries
Recipe from Fried Ice and Donut Holes

1 kg potatoes
3 tbs olive oil
4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tbs fresh parsley, finely chopped
Salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 230 degrees C / 450 degrees F. Grease 2 baking trays and set aside.

Slice the potatoes into chips and toss in a large bowl with 2 tablespoons of the oil then season them with salt and pepper. Spread the chips in single layers on the prepared baking trays and bake for 30 minutes, or until the fries are tender and lightly browned.

Increase the temperature to 260 / 500 degrees and continue cooking for another 5 minutes or so until the fries are dark brown around the edges.

Meanwhile, whisk the remaining  tablespoon of oil with the garlic and parsley in a large bowl. Add the hot fries and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper before serving. Try not to eat them all yourself!

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  1. I am drooling already. These sound delicious. Great pick!

  2. I'm so sorry about your Grandad. I hope you can find comfort during this time of sadness. But on a happy note, I am so glad you liked these fries. They are one of our absolute favorites and one of the few recipes that we have enjoyed multiple times. Great pick this month :)

  3. Sorry to hear about Grandad. It's hard to lose a grandparent - they are so special :(
    Great pick for this month - those fries look so good! Happy Reveal Day!

  4. Sorry about your Grandpa - those are difficult times to go through, even if it is the natural movement of things, losing grandparents, then parents... never easy

    a warm hug going your way....

  5. Sorry to hear of your grandfather's passing. Garlic fries! Yum. These sound absolutely delicious! Visiting from Group B.

  6. YUMMY! Gorgeous pictures and man those look tasty! :)

  7. Wow, these sound absolutely amazing. Garlic is pretty much the best thing ever ;)

  8. These fries look good. When I saw the name "San Francisco Garlic Fries" it immediately made me remember the fries from the Gilroy garlic stand at Giant's Stadium. If these are even half as good as those, then you have a winning recipe. Great SRC post.

  9. Great SRC pick!! Looks delicious and I bet they smelled great while baking~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  10. I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your grandfather. The relationship we have with our grandparents is something very special, so I know it's very hard to lose them.

    On a happier note, these fries look amazing - these would put a smile on my face on the bleakest day ever :-)

  11. YUM!! I am moving away from the Bay Area next month and I will be definitely taking this recipe with me so I can get my garlic fries fix! :)

  12. Yup, these fries look AMAZING!!
    Sending you lots of hugs for the loss of your grandfather.....they sure are pretty special those grandfathers (and grandmothers too!)

  13. I'm so sorry about your loss. I never had a grandpa, but my grandmother was such an amazing influence in my life.

  14. These look so delish, as much as I love a "fried" fry, baking is so much easier and it seems like you wouldn't miss out on anything with those flavors!

  15. This by far my favorite way to have french fries!!! Love, love love!! And pinning :-)

  16. Sorry to hear about the loss your grandfather. Wonderful pick this month.


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