Oven Fries with Feta, Preserved Lemon & Oregano

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I am a sucker for fries. I wanted to try a new method for making them crispy. So the other night, I tried the Smitten Kitchen’s recipe for oven fries. The result was super crispy fries with a bit less guilt since they are baked. Her trick is to boil the potatoes first and then roast them at a high temperature. Easy, peasy!

But I wanted to make something a bit different to top the fries. So, I sautéed fresh oregano, finely chopped preserved lemon, garlic powder, onion powder and cayenne. Just for a bit until the oregano became aromatic. Then I mixed it with the crumbled feta. This turned out to be delicious! Not only on fries, but also on toast or crackers. So please give it a try!

This recipe serves 2.

For the fries:

½ kilo of potatoes (that will hold its shape like Russet), scrubbed and thinly sliced.

About ¼ cup of olive oil

Salt to taste

For the feta topping:

200gr of crumbled feta

1 preserved lemon, very finely chopped

Leaves of 4 fresh oregano stems, very finely chopped

2 tablespoons of olive oil

½ teaspoon of onion powder

½ teaspoon of garlic powder

Cayenne to taste

A pinch of salt (optional, but not too much because the feta is already salty)

3 tablespoons of finely chopped parsley

 

Thinly slice the scrubbed potatoes, and boil about 2 litters of water.

Preheat your oven to 230C/450F.

Place the sliced potatoes in a large pot and add the boiling water. Let the potatoes boil for 7 minutes.

In the meanwhile, line your baking tray with aluminum foil and pour the ¼ cup of olive oil into the tray. Swirl it around so that all of the surface of the tray is coated with olive oil.

Place the tray in the oven to heat up.

Drain the potatoes. Then place them in a single layer on the hot baking tray. It is important that they are in a single layer. Don’t over-crowd them, otherwise they won’t get crispy. Sprinkle a bit of salt. Roast them for 20 minutes. Then toss them, and finish roasting them for an extra 10 minutes.

To make the feta topping, place two tablespoons of olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the oregano, preserved lemon, onion powder, garlic powder and cayenne. Cook for 1 minute while stirring. Then remove it from the heat and add it to the crumbled feta. Mix well. Taste for salt.

To serve, just top the fries with the flavored feta. Sprinkle with some chopped parsley and enjoy!

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Fried Avocado Tacos with Strawberry & Rhubarb Salsa

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I saw rhubarb at the market a few of weeks ago and this recipe popped into my head. Then when I decided to make it, I went to the only stand where I had seen it and of course they didn’t have it anymore. So I kept coming back to check until this past Saturday when they had it again. Kid in a candy store kind of excitement on my end. I am thrilled about spring produce since with it comes new dishes and hope for better weather. And with hope, I really mean it since you never know if it’s going to be a warm or not. But seeing more produce at the market makes me happy and I am also looking forward to seeing more variety of flowers. We bought a rhubarb plant about a week ago at a farmer’s market and we are hoping that it will grow nicely so we can eat it later. Both my hubby and I love plants and with our new apartment with a garden being delivered this summer, we already ordered online plenty of seeds to plant.

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Going back to the tacos, the avocado fries are very crunchy because of the panko coating. I added some honey to the salsa to balance out the sourness of the rhubarb.

This recipe is for 12 small tacos.

Ingredients:

12 small tortillas

About 1 cup of vegetable oil for pan-frying the avocado

For the fried avocados:

2 avocados, halved, pitted and sliced lengthwise (I made them not too thick)

3 eggs, beaten

2 cups of flour

3 cups of panko

Salt

Garlic powder

Onion powder

For the salsa:

1 rhubarb stalk, sliced lengthwise in 2 and then finely sliced

1 red onion, finely chopped

5 large strawberries, hulled

5 tablespoons of chopped coriander

2 ½ tablespoons of olive oil

1 ½ tablespoons of honey

1 ½ tablespoons of apple cider vinegar

Salt

Pepper

 

Sliced the rhubarb in two lengthwise and then finely slice it. Place it in a saucepan with boiling water over medium heat. Let it cook for only 1 minute (if you leave it too long it will become mush). Then drain it and chop it the same size as the onion.

In a large bowl, mix the onion, strawberries and rhubarb.

In a small container with a lid, mix the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, some salt and pepper. Put the lid on and shake it to emulsify the dressing for the salsa. Then add it to the mix of the onion, strawberry and rhubarb. Add the chopped coriander. Adjust the salt and pepper to your liking. Set it aside until ready to use.

To make the avocado fries, first add some seasoning to the coating. Place the beaten eggs, flour and panko in separate bowls. Add some salt, garlic and onion powder to each bowl and mix well.

Then coat each avocado slice in the flour, then the eggs and finally the panko. Once all the avocado slices are well coated, pour the vegetable oil into a large pan over medium heat. Have a large plate lined with paper towels ready. Fry the avocado slices in batches until golden on both sizes. Place them in the prepared plate to soak up the excess oil. Season them with some extra salt if desired.

Once the avocados fries are done, warm up the tortillas in a pan. Place a few avocado fries on each tortilla and top with the salsa. Enjoy!

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