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Monday
Nov282011

Coconut Oil Baked Potato Fries

I love a good crispy potato. Since starting my real food journey I have taken baby steps to making fries a little bit better. I have yet to find a local supply of tallow and the lard I can find is so precious that I don’t want to dump it into a fryer, so I started by using real peanut oil in a small fry daddy. Unfortunately the little fryer I have is too small to cook enough for the family in one batch so I stand over the thing for a good 20 minutes scooping enough fries in and out, I also tend to over load it and spill hot oil all over the place, that kind of mess is never good. Then I thought I would try commercial lard because it would at least be somewhat more traditional but all the other same annoyances were still there plus I realized that my fryer was made of plastic, plastic that is being repeatedly heated to an extremely high temperature and that contains all kinds of chemicals (yes, somehow it took me a while to process that) which makes me a little squeamish. So for over a year my fryer has sat unused and our plates have been void of fries. Last week I had raw corned beef on the menu (the corned beef is that lovely red in the background, so good, I will post that recipe in the future) paired with potatoes giving me ample time to play with how I was going to cook our potatoes. I took a gamble and mixed coconut oil and bacon grease for a crispy and oh-so-yummy potato! I added the bacon grease to disguise the coconut flavor or my husband wouldn’t have touched them and they were terrific.

Coconut Oil Baked Potato Fries

4 medium organic yellow potatoes

1/3 cup organic extra virgin coconut oil

3+ TBSP nitrate/nitrite free bacon grease

3 cloves organic garlic, pressed

Sea salt, pepper and cayenne pepper to taste

Filtered water

Cut your potatoes into your desired fry shape (mine are between 2-3 inches long and ¼ inch wide). Soak your potatoes in filtered cold water for 15-30 minutes. Preheat oven to 400F. Meanwhile put your coconut oil and bacon grease in a small sauce pan and warm over low heat until melted. Whisk fats together then add garlic and seasoning straight to the warm fat. Drain water from potatoes and pat dry with a lint free towel, return to bowl. Pour coconut oil mix over the potatoes and toss to combine. Lay potatoes and all fat out on a stoneware bar pan. Cook for about 30 minutes, checking on it halfway through and adding time as needed (my oven always seems to take forever!).

Note: If you don’t have a stoneware pan then you may be able to use a stainless steel jelly roll pan and you’ll need to turn the fries over at some point, I haven’t tried this method but it should still work.

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