Baked Basil Fries

We’ve got our sweets for St. Patrick’s Day. We have our Irish Soda Bread. But I feel like we are missing something. Maybe a potato recipe? Of course! These baked french fries have some basil for that touch of green that you can’t leave out on St. Patrick’s Day. Plus they are baked so they are better for you! Preheat that oven and let’s get to it!

Baked Basil Fries 

Ingredients

  • 2 lb fresh russet potatoes (about 2 large)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  1. Heat oven to 425°F. Line a cookie sheet with foil and set aside.
  2. Cut potatoes into 1/4-inch-thick strips.
  3. In medium bowl, mix remaining ingredients. Toss potatoes with mixture.
  4. Spray foil with cooking spray. Place potatoes on cookie sheet in single layer. Bake 15 minutes; turn potatoes, and bake 15 to 20 minutes longer or until tender.

French fries are so easy, delicious and the perfect lunch or dinner side. Eat by themselves or your favorite dipping sauce.

ENJOY! 😀

Are You Ready For Some FOOTBALL!? – Super Bowl XLVI

IT’S SUPER BOWL SUNDAY! I’ve got just a few more recipes for you before Puppy Bowl VIII! (who can resist puppies!!)

At your Super Bowl Party, you may have some guests who aren’t fans of buffalo wings (why? who knows but they are out there). Why not tantalize their tastebuds with some Sweet and Spicy Baked Chicken Wings!

Sweet and Spicy Baked Chicken Wings

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds chicken wings and drums
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 
  • 1 cup honey, divided
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter, melted (Earth Balance)
  • 1/2 cup Frank’s Red Hot
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha (this stuff is HOT and I love it!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line a large broiler pan with foil and place a metal rack on top of the foil. Spray foil with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Rinse the wings in cold water and pat dry with paper towels.
  3. Arrange wings on pan and season with pepper.
  4. Place wings in oven and set timer for 15 minutes. When the timer goes off, remove the wings from the oven and brush the wings with ½ cup honey. Be sure to glaze both side of the wings, using metal tongs to turn.
  5. Place wings back into the oven, set the timer for 30 minutes, and prepare the sauce.
  6. In a medium bowl, combine melted vegan butter, remaining 1/2 cup of honey, Frank’s Red Hot, Sriracha, cayenne, and garlic powder; whisk to combine.
  7. While the wings are baking, periodically baste both sides of the wings with the sauce (about every ten minutes). Once the timer goes off, turn up the heat up to 400º F and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
  8. Serve with your favorite Super Bowl sides like some baked french fries!

HMMM…FRIES! You gotta have fries with wings! (Or at least I do!)

Garlicky Baked French Fries

Ingredients

  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 russet potatoes (about 8oz each), each cut into 12 wedges
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch/cornflour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 440° F. Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside.
  2. Combine the garlic and oil in a large bowl (that has a lid) , warming it until the garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Transfer 5 tablespoons of the oil (leaving the garlic in the bowl) to the baking dish, coating it well.
  4. Add the potatoes to the bowl with the garlic mixture and toss to coat. Close the bowl tightly with the lid and microwave on high until the potatoes are translucent around the edges, 3 to 6 minutes, shaking the bowl to redistribute the potatoes halfway through cooking.
  5. Combine the cornstarch, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne in a small bowl. Sprinkle over the hot potatoes and toss well to coat.
  6. Arrange the potatoes in a single layer on the baking sheet and bake, turning once, until deep golden brown and crisp, 30 to 40 minutes.
  7. Garnish with some fresh parsley.
  8. Serve with ketchup, or mayo or your favorite dipping sauce.

The countdown to game time has started. Puppy Bowl starts at 3:00pm ET and the main event SUPER BOWL XLVI begins at 6:30pm ET.

So, ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?!?! I know I am!

Kwegyirba Croffie is a freelance Associate Producer at News 12 Connecticut and a Special Events/Event Planning and Social Media Intern at College Lifestyles (TM). She is a Quinnipiac University alumni and a sister of Alpha Delta Pi. She enjoy cupcakes,Broadway musicals, Forever 21 ,giraffes, peacock feathers, orchids, lillies and anything Disney. (and she’s rooting for the Giants tonight!)