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Here I show you a few tips and tricks to getting the most delicious baked french fries, which are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. No deep fryer needed!

French fries, chips, whatever you call them, can we all rejoice in saying how much we love them? 🙌 Okay good. Well, what if I told you that you can get truly crispy and delicious fries without touching a deep fat fryer? Follow me…

Extra Crispy Baked Fries

So maybe you’ve tried it – slice up some potatoes, coat in a little oil, pop them in the oven and when you take them out they’re limp and soggy? Yep, we’ve all been there.

But fear not. There’s hope!

There’s a few tricks to ensuring your fries come out crispy, and the first starts with the potato itself.

How to cut potatoes for home fries

You want them sliced skinny. Obviously the skinnier they are the crisper they’ll be, but 1/4″ is what you’re aiming for. To do this I first slice the potato into 1/4″ discs, and then slice those discs into 1/4″ fries. I always keep the skin on for extra flavours and less hassle.

Next up, soaking the fries in cold water.

Why soak potatoes before baking?

Potatoes are packed full of starch, which when subjected to intense heat makes the potatoes go gloopy. Because we want fries that are fluffy in the centre, we want to remove as much starch as possible before we bake them. The best way to do this is to blanch them in cold water. 30 minutes will do the trick, but the longer the better.

After, drain the fries and we’ll continue.

Once drained, make sure you completely dry them. Any water lurking on the fries will increase the chance of them steaming instead of baking, which in turn will increase the chance of them being soggy. Next up, seasoning.

French fry seasoning

There’s so many different variations of seasoning, but personally I love the combination of rosemary, garlic and salt. I use garlic powder as it’s less likely to burn than raw garlic, I also add the rosemary half way through the cooking process for the same reason.

What oil to use when baking fries?

Step away from the olive oil. It can’t take the heat (literally). You want to roast your fries at a high temp and olive will simply smoke up. I always use vegetable oil as it’s relatively flavourless and has a much higher smoking point. Sunflower oil & Canola oil always work well.

How to bake fries

  1. Firstly ensure the tray is piping hot, just to get the party started and so they begin crisping up right from the get go.
  2. Make sure you spread them out. If you cram them all together they’ll steam instead of roast. Use 2 trays if needed.
  3. Bake at 220c/430f for 15mins, take them out and flip, then bake again for another 10-15mins, or until golden and crispy.

And breathe. We’re there.

Although it seems like a lot of fuss, it’s totally worth it. Just a couple of things for the ‘aftercare’

Dips for fries

Also just FYI I’m ‘that guy’ who has mayo and ketchup side by side. Judge me as necessary 😂

Can you freeze homemade fries?

You absolutely can yes. Just pop them in a zip lock bag and chuck them in the freezer. When reheating, place them in the oven at a slightly lower temp for a little less time. I find 200c/390f for 15-20mins (depending on size) works well.

Okay guys, let’s grab the recipe shall we!?

How to make Crispy Oven Baked Fries (Full Recipe & Video)

  • 3 large (approx 1.6lb/750g) Russets or Maris Pipers
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 sprigs (approx 1 heaped tsp) Fresh Rosemary, very finely diced
  • 1/2 tsp Salt, or to taste
  • Black Pepper, to taste
  • Slice your potatoes into discs, then slice those discs into fries. You’re aiming to get them around 1/4” thick.
  • Soak them in a bowl of cold water for at least 30mins, or as long as you have time for. This is important to remove starch, which will result in the fries having a fluffier centre. Meanwhile, place an oven tray (or two) in the oven at 220c/430f to get nice and hot.
  • Drain and thoroughly dry the fries. Any moisture left on the potato will increase the likelihood of them coming out soggy. Combine with oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper, then spread out on your oven tray(s). It’s important to spread them out otherwise they will steam and never get crispy. Again, make sure the tray is piping hot when you do this.
  • Place in the oven for 15mins, then take out and sprinkle with rosemary. Coat and flip the fries, then place back in the oven for another 10-15mins or until golden and crispy. Timing will depend on the thickness of your fries, how many are on the tray and how hot you maintain the oven. Just be vigilant after placing them in the oven the 2nd time.
  • Serve with an extra sprinkle of salt to pull out any remaining moisture!

a) To determine if you’ll need more than one tray, I usually place them on a tray after I’ve cut them just to test how much room there will be.

  b) You can absolutely freeze these after they’re cooked if you wanted. Just let them cool down and pop them in a zip lock bag and chuck in the freezer until the next craving hits. To reheat, pop them back in the oven at 200c/390f for 15-20mins or until crispy again.   c) Calories based on using Russet potatoes and sharing between 4 people

Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 34.52g (12%) | Protein: 4.15g (8%) | Fat: 6.98g (11%) | Saturated Fat: 5.603g (28%) | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.194g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.784g | Sodium: 301mg (13%) | Potassium: 17mg | Fiber: 2.6g (10%) | Sugar: 1.18g | Vitamin A: 1% | Vitamin C: 14% | Calcium: 3% | Iron: 9%

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Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

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This Cauliflower is roasted with garlic, thyme and parmesan. Bursting with flavour and easy to make, this Parmesan Roast Cauliflower makes the perfect side dish!

Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

Look I’m gonna be honest with you here. I’m actually not a huge fan of cauliflower in most contexts. There, I said it.

However…

Cauliflower roasted with parmesan, thyme, garlic and butter? Heck to the yes! Roasting cauliflower is a complete game changer in comparison to boiling or steaming. It transforms the texture and flavour into something beyond delicious. When you add a few more goodies it’s gonna be the masterpiece at your next roast dinner 😏

How to make Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower (quick summary)

  1. Peel outer leaves from a whole cauliflower.
  2. Dice into small chunks and combine with butter, garlic, thyme and seasoning.
  3. Sprinkle with parmesan and roast until golden delicious!

- Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

Top Tip #1 – Dice your cauliflower in to around 1-1.5″ chunks for the perfect juicy yet crispy ratio. Any bigger and the parmesan will burn before the cauliflower is cooked through.

Top Tip #2 – Use a spatula to scrape the cauliflower off the pan and collect all those gorgeous crispy bits!

Garlic Roasted Cauliflower

I use two cloves for this recipe because I LOVE garlic and feel it pairs beautifully with this recipe. Because you know, who doesn’t love cheese and garlic? Having said that if you’re not keen on garlic just reduce to one clove.

Roasted Cauliflower with Thyme

Fresh thyme adds a gorgeous level of flavour to this cauliflower. However, if you don’t have/like it, this will still be delicious without. I don’t recommend using dried thyme.

And there we have it! A super easy side dish for just about everything. Parmesan roasted cauliflower you never fail me 😋

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Easy Vegetable Side Dishes

Alrighty, let’s tuck into this roasted cauliflower recipe shall we?!

How to make Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower (Full Recipe & Video)

  • Large Baking Tray
  • Sharp Knife and Chopping Board
  • Small Pot (for melting butter)
  • Fine Grater (for parmesan)
  • Spatula (for scraping off parmesan cauliflower)
  • 1 Cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup / 40g Parmesan
  • 2 tbsp Butter, melted
  • 2 cloves of Garlic, minced
  • few sprigs of Fresh Thyme
  • Salt & Black Pepper, to taste
  • Peel away the outer leaves of the cauliflower and dice into 1-1.5″ chunks.
  • Combine with 2 tbsp melted butter, a few sprigs of thyme, 2 minced cloves of garlic and a hefty pinch of salt and pepper. Sprinkle over grated parmesan.
  • Pop in the oven at 200c/390f for 20-30mins or until golden brown and fork tender. If it starts to blacken too quickly, reduce the temp. In any instance I don’t recommend cranking up the temp as the parmesan will burn before the cauliflower is cooked.
  • Use a spatula to scrape off the cauliflower, collecting all those crispy bits stuck in between!

a) Garlic – I use two cloves here because I LOVE garlic and feel it pairs beautifully with this recipe. However, if you’re not keen on garlic, reduce to one clove. b) Thyme – Fresh thyme is most suitable here, so do avoid dried thyme. If you don’t have either this recipe will still be delicious without. c) Parmesan – Freshly grated will give you the most coverage and crispiness, so avoid using the sandy texture parmesan. Pre shredded will also work fine. d) Calories – based on sharing between 5 people.

Nutrition Facts

Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

Amount Per Serving

Calories 114 Calories from Fat 57

% Daily Value*

Fat 6.35g10%

Saturated Fat 3.679g18%

Trans Fat 0.088g

Polyunsaturated Fat 0.309g

Monounsaturated Fat 1.662g

Cholesterol 15mg5%

Sodium 256mg11%

Potassium 530mg15%

Carbohydrates 10.18g3%

Fiber 3.4g14%

Sugar 3.23g4%

Protein 6.34g13%

Vitamin A 200IU4%

Vitamin C 81.6mg99%

Calcium 128mg13%

Iron 0.86mg5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.

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Mustard Mash

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This Mustard Mash is the perfect way to spruce up a simple mashed potato. The perfect no fuss side dish!

Mash with Mustard

Honestly, mashed potatoes and mustard is a match made in heaven. I mean mashed potatoes by themselves are great, but if you’re a regular reader of mine you’ll know I like to take things a step further.

Mustard Mash Ingredients

  • Potatoes
  • Butter
  • Cream (or milk)
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Wholegrain Mustard

I definitely recommend using the two different mustards, as they both bring something unique to the mash. The dijon adds that classic mustard flavour, without being as overpowering as something like hot English mustard, whilst the wholegrain adds a nice bit of texture.

How to make Mustard Mash

It really is as simple as popping your spuds in cold water and bringing to the boil until knife tender. Drain and mash with butter, then stir in cream and mustards. From there I always pour melted butter over the top just before serving, just because why the heck not?!

Top Tip – Be sure to season this mash, season again, then season some more. There’s nothing worse than bland mash, so be sure to bring out the best with a hefty pinch of salt in the water for boiling and when mashing. I always use salted butter for this reason.

Make Ahead Mustard Mash

You can of course make this mustard mash ahead of time. Just allow to cool, then cover in the fridge for 2 days without the melted butter.  Either bring to room temp and reheat in the microwave (mixing a couple of times) or add a splash of cream/milk and stir over medium heat in a pot. Serve with melted butter.

- Mustard Mash

Serving Mustard Mash

So that’s it! No fuss mashed potatoes taken to new heights of flavour. Here’s what I love to serve this mash with:

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Easy Potato Sides

Alrighty let’s tuck into this mustard mashed potatoes shall we?!

- Mustard Mash

How to make Mustard Mash (Full Recipe & Video)

  • 2lb / 1kg White Potatoes
  • 1/2 cup / 125ml Cream or milk, or to preference
  • 4 tbsp Butter, at room temp
  • 1 tbsp Butter, melted
  • 2 tsp Dijon Mustard, or to taste
  • 2 tsp Wholegrain Mustard, or to taste
  • Salt & Black Pepper, to taste
  • Peel and dice your potatoes into small chunks. Pop in a pot of cold salted water and bring to a boil. Cook until knife tender (10-15mins). Drain, don’t rinse.
  • Mash with 4 tbsp butter until smooth. Stir in cream until desired texture, then add 1 tsp each of dijon/wholegrain mustard. If you want it more ‘mustardy’ stir through the 2nd two. Season to taste.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl and pour over your final tbsp of melted butter.

a) Seasoning – Bring out the best in this simple mashed potato by seasoning, seasoning more, then seasoning again. I’ll usually go for salted butter for this reason, but feel free to sub unsalted butter if that’s all you have. b) Wholegrain Mustard –  I do strongly recommend using the two different mustards as they both bring s little something different to the table. The wholegrain adds a nice texture to the mash, whilst the dijon adds that classic mustard flavour. c) Make Ahead – Feel free to make this ahead of time! Just leave off the final drizzle of butter and cover in the fridge. I usually bring to room temp before I microwave so it warms through more evenly. You can also add a splash of cream/milk and stir over medium heat in a suitably sized pot. d) Calories – based on using 1/2 cup heavy cream and unsalted butter. Divided by 5.

Nutrition Facts

Mustard Mash

Amount Per Serving

Calories 326 Calories from Fat 152

% Daily Value*

Fat 16.93g26%

Saturated Fat 10.335g52%

Polyunsaturated Fat 0.712g

Monounsaturated Fat 4.846g

Cholesterol 47mg16%

Sodium 129mg5%

Potassium 1021mg29%

Carbohydrates 39.14g13%

Fiber 4g16%

Sugar 3.48g4%

Protein 4.91g10%

Vitamin A 610IU12%

Vitamin C 23mg28%

Calcium 43mg4%

Iron 1.39mg8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.

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Raspberry Cranberry Jello Salad

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My sister made a Raspberry Cranberry Jello Salad for Thanksgiving that I thought would be perfect for Christmas because of the beautiful dark red or burgundy color.

After I received the recipe, I was also impressed with how easy it is to make.

It only takes 3 ingredients!

My sister put it in a circular mold that she had sprayed with cooking spray.

We still had a hard time having it slide out of the mold, so we slid a knife around the upper edge to loosen it from the mold and then let it sit in warm water for probably about 30 seconds.

I was nervous that it was too long in the water, but when we turned it upside down, it slid out perfectly.

Also make sure that you put it right on the plate where you want it before you tip it upside down as you will not be able to re position it.

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