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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