Recipe Box, Going in Circles!

I’m not big on kitchen gadgets, but this one caught my eye

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An interesting thing happened when I got this out to play

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It turned into a “man magnet”

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“How does that thing work?” asked HH

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“I’m not sure, I don’t think it’s too complicated…”  I replied

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“That is really cool!”  he said, “Let’s try a potato!!”

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And off he goes!

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It really was fun 🙂

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Look what you end up with

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Potato mushrooms!

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So cute!

Anyhooo….

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Put the potatoes in a bowl of cold water and stick them in the fridge for a few hours [even overnight]

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This removes some of the starch and makes a crispier fry~ see all the white gunk?

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Turn the potatoes out onto a large clean kitchen towel and pat dry

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Then put them on some paper towels to dry more, wet fries won’t fry!

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I used the Pioneer Woman’s 2 fry method for perfect french fries.  You can see her recipe here.  Fry in small batches, about 4-5 minutes in medium hot oil.  Remove potatoes before they start to brown and drain on paper towels

Once all the potatoes have been fried once, turn heat up a little and return potatoes to oil and fry until golden and crispy, about 3-4 minutes

curly fries thepaintedapron.com

Drain on paper towels and immediately sprinkle with kosher salt

fries! thepaintedapron.com

You can hold these in a 200 degree oven for a little while while you finish frying them all up

light and crispy fries thepaintedapron.com

They were crispy and light and very irresistible!

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I made a simple Pesto Vegetable Stir Fry with the squash noodles by sauteing mushrooms and peppers in a little olive oil until done

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Add the squash noodles and a dollop of pesto.  Cover and let steam for a few minutes to soften the squash

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Stir in some Parmesan cheese and let everything get happy

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We had these 2 side dishes with some BBQ pork sandwiches

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The plate pictures aren’t pretty, but it sure was a tasty Sunday supper!

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Fun to eat too!

Light and Crispy Fries

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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2 large baking potatoes, scrubbed

2 cups Peanut, Vegetable or Canola oil for frying

kosher salt

Cut potatoes with a spiralizer or cut into fries with a knife.  Soak potatoes for several hours or overnight in a bowl of cold water, in the refrigerator.  Make sure water covers the potatoes.  When ready to cook, drain potatoes thoroughly on a kitchen towel and again on paper towels to get potatoes dry.  Put oil in a deep pan.  Heat oil to medium heat and fry potatoes in batches for 4-5 minutes to soften and start the cooking process.  Drain on paper towels.  Increase heat a little and fry potatoes in batches again, this time until golden and crispy.  Remove to paper towels and sprinkle immediately with salt.  Keep potatoes warm in a 200 degree oven.  Makes 4 large servings

Pesto Vegetable Stir Fry

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 medium zucchini

1 yellow squash

1/2 red or yellow pepper diced

4 oz sliced mushrooms

2 T pesto

2-4 T shaved Parmesan cheese

1 tsp olive oil

salt and pepper

Cut squash into long ribbons with a spiralizer or a knife.  Saute peppers and mushrooms in olive oil over medium high heat until mushrooms are golden and peppers are soft.  Add squash ribbons and pesto.  Cover and reduce heat to simmer.  Cook 3-4 minutes.  Uncover and stir, adding Parmesan and seasoning to taste.  Let Parmesan melt into noodles.  Serves 2

 

spiral fries thepaintedapron.com

for another printable version of Light and Crispy Fries click here

for another printable version of Pesto Vegetable Stir Fry click here

Have some fun in your kitchen!

I got the spiralizer on Amazon.com here.  I don’t have time to do a lot of shopping so I keep a wish list on Amazon.com and when I have enough to qualify for free shipping, I order.  I bought this along with the PB2 for Amazing Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Fabric Textile Medium to use for making acrylic paint fabric friendly, as in the tutorial for Painting Sunflowers.  You can find anything on Amazon.com!

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Comments
11 Responses to “Recipe Box, Going in Circles!”
  1. I just might have to make a trip to Amazon! This is just the kind of kitchen gadget J likes!:-) He has a mandolin and another chopper/slicer gadget he uses regularly. He would certainly have fun with this one too.

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  2. Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    Oh that looks good, even at 6:30AM! I thought about those spiral cutters but after my mandolin incident… decided to enjoy everyone else’s creations-have fun:@)

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  3. Marigene says:

    I love the potato mushrooms!

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  4. This looks like fun! Maybe I need one of these. The zucchini looks so good.

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  5. Kathleen says:

    I had it in my hand, but decided against it. I am now re tempted! I love the mushroom you ended up with! We don’t eat zucchini, so I was thinking I would only use it for potatoes and we don’t eat fries that often. Have you tried it with anything else?

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    • So far I’ve only done potatoes and squash~I want to try sweet potatoes and maybe a cucumber for a fancy salad, who knows! The fries were worth it though, they were really good!! I want to let my grands help, they will love it!

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  6. Mary says:

    Hi Jenna, Love the spiralizer and potato mushrooms, who knew?! My kitchen cabinets overfloweth so I picked up a vegetti gadget that fits in my kitchen drawer. I can see how the spiralizer would be a man magnet! I have an Amazon Prime account and it’s worth it for the free shipping! I’m waiting for them to have those drones that make the deliveries the same day 🙂

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  7. Miz Helen says:

    Love your Curly Fries! This is a fantastic recipe and thanks so much for sharing it with us. Hope to see you again real soon at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

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