Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Crispy Toaster-Oven Frites

Developed November, 2013. The method combines tapioca starch and coarse semolina flour to produce a crispy fry in the toaster oven from scratch. Almost as good as bistro frites. Almost.
1 medium russet potato (about 6 oz), cut into 1/4 inch square strips
1 T vegetable oil
2 t tapioca starch
2 T semolina flour (coarse grind)
1/2 t salt
1/2 t onion powder
Choose a long, clear russet potato. To prepare raw fries, cut off a small slice from both ends, and then trim a small slab with a chef’s knife off one side. Turn the potato onto that cut surface to steady it, and trim off the next face, and then the next two in turn. Cutting in the long direction, slice the potato into 1/4 inch (6 mm) thick slabs, and then into 1/4 inch wide strips. Rinse, drain, and thoroughly blot dry before use. Transfer the potatoes to a non-stick 8X8-inch (20x20 cm) metal baking pan, add the other ingredients and toss well to coat evenly. Preheat a toaster oven to 425 degrees F (220 C). Bake 15 minutes, turn the potatoes over, and bake another 10 minutes until cooked through and crisp. Serves one or two. Can be easily doubled. Variations: Top a hamburger sandwich with a few crispy fries to add crunch and flavor, or add to a breakfast wrap, serve as a hot appetizer with a side of spicy mayonnaise or remoulade.