My house was full of men this weekend. Paul’s band (Their Planes Will Block Out The Sun), minus one member, was mixing in my living room on Sunday. My job, provide a backup vocal track for a few small sections and, the obvious, provide the food!
Me being me, I couldn’t submit to the ease of putting out a bag of chips, so they got a healthier, much prettier alternative. Golden Beet Fries (amongst other tasty treats, but this is the focus for todays post…)
You can make any veggie in “fry” form and convince people to eat things they are normally reluctant to try – at least two of these guys claimed to hate beets until they had these…That was me patting myself on the back :)
Basically you want to take a good sized vegetable, peel it, and cut into long, thin, uniform strips… or a thick julienne to get fancy.
Toss the cut veg with enough olive oil just to coat and dump onto a parchment lined baking sheet (or sheets). Spinkle with a good amount of salt and pepper and pop in the over at 350′ F for about a half an hour. Watch them to make sure they don’t burn, and flip if things start to brown to much on one side…some of mine are a little extra crispy…that’s what I get for being too lazy to check the oven. Now you know why I’m not a great baker!
You’re not going to fool anyone into thinking they are eating regular french fries, but, again, add the word ‘fries’ to any veggie and somehow people are more willing to indulge…the mind is a tricky thing.