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Oven-Baked Taro Fries

12 Nov

So after making and eating sweet potato fries the other day, I decided to try a different root. I’m talking about the big heavy taro roots, not the little individual bite size ones. I also tried baking them differently than from the sweet potato fries since those didn’t come out as crispy as I wanted them. I used aluminum foil instead of parchment paper to see if that made a difference.

I peeled then sliced a large taro root into rectangles that made a decent size fry. I dusted them with some garlic powder and coated them with extra virgin olive oil (since that’s the only kind I had in my cupboard, however I learned that regular virgin olive oil is better since it has a better high-heat  index and won’t burn). I then sprinkled some white rice flour over them hoping that this would help get the taro fries crispy since it usually works in the fried version. I placed aluminum foil on a baking pan and tossed the coated fries onto the baking pan, making sure all fries were in one layer.

Oven was preheated at 400 degrees and I started baking them for 7 minutes first to just see how they would bake. I turned the pan around and baked for 11 minutes. My husband added another 10 minutes to that and again turned the pan around. We decided to bake it another 5 minutes.

Once out of the oven I added kosher salt and fresh ground pepper on top of them, let them cool for a bit, then served. The taro root fries were crispy!!! And tasted yummy. We probably didn’t need the extra 5 minutes at the end. So either the recipe turned out crispy because of the foil or because I added the rice flour… will have to investigate another time but am happy with the results!

Spicy Sweet

5 Nov

My co-worker found a recipe for sweet potato fries, however, I couldn’t remember the link so I dug around and put together my own version. Most online recipes for sweet potato fries adds a little spice. I wanted to add cinnamon on top of that, so that’s what I did.

Ingredients:

  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • olive oil
  • fresh black pepper
  • cumin
  • cinnamon
  • paprika
  • coarse salt/sea salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Scrub the sweet potatoes or peel the skins off. Slice the potatoes till you get them to the thickness you prefer. Put them in a bowl and lightly cover them with olive oil. Add some black pepper and cumin with a dash of paprika and sprinkle of cinnamon.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay the sweet potato on the baking sheet in one layer. Put it in the oven on the top rack. Letting them bake for 25 minutes. When ready add  a dash of salt and serve warm.

Side note: I had tried putting the sweet potatoes in at 400 degrees for 23 minutes but the fries came out soggy, so for the second batch (since 2 sweet potatoes did not fit as one layer on the baking sheet) I upped the temp to 425 and baked for 25 minutes. The sweet potatoes were more crisp this second time around.

Mantou enjoyed a few fries but the spice (probably from the fresh ground pepper and paprika) had finally got to him so I will have to figure out a way to make a recipe that isn’t as spicy. Maybe a sweet version with cinnamon and sugar.