Garlic Parmesan Fries

Happy Wednesday, y’all! How is your week going? Good, I hope? I’m not sure about you but I am SO looking forward to this weekend. I mean, weekends in general are great, right? But this upcoming weekend I have two friends coming to visit all the way from the East Coast that I haven’t seen in almost a year. That’s a long time apart for friends you’ve known the past 12 years. So needless to say that even though I truly love cooking and writing, I cannot wait to see them and go ride scooters on the beach. Yes… that’s a thing. Total Princess Diaries vibes.

There’s just one problem with them coming, though. Maybe it’s not considered a problem? Or at least it shouldn’t be.

They both have very, and I mean VERY restrictive diets. One by choice, one because… well… I have to just assume the world hates her. My friend L is all into triathlons and body building, basically things that test your physical limits. So as you can imagine she eats a lot of food, but always things that are unprocessed and healthy. My other friend, B, has celiac disease and is lactose intolerant, so no gluten or dairy for her.

BASICALLY we will be eating a lot of veggies and rice when they’re here. And probably meat too, but I don’t eat meat. So…

Knowing that is my food fate for the weekend, I just really needed to get in a good old guilty pleasure food before they arrive. Cue the French fries.

Ah French fries… not at all French and loved by everyone. I read once that the average American eats just over 29 pounds of french fries each year. Being that there are 325 million people in the US, that means each year the united states consumes 840 million pounds of French fries (taking into consideration not everyone eats that much). THE POINT IS we love fries.

So, what better way to eat fries than made fresh and covered in Parmesan? But don’t worry they aren’t THAT bad for you.. I don’t think. Mainly because they are air fried instead of deep fried. That means no oil except a little bit to coat them!

This recipe is super simple to make and even easier to eat. I have ingredients below listed for one serving, but you can always double or triple it to accommodate.

1 russet potato, peeled and cut into French fry shaped wedges
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tbsp garlic powder
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
salt & pepper, to taste
nonstick cooking spray

1 serving
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes

1. After cutting the potato to desired size, place the pieces in a medium bowl
2. Add the oil, garlic powder, cheese, and any salt and pepper to the bowl, then mix around to evenly coat all of the potato pieces
3. Place the baking rack into the oven and spray the fry basket thoroughly with nonstick spray
4. Arrange the fries in the fry basket so they are not overlapping
5. Put the lid on and set the oven for 400 degrees Fahrenheit
6. Set the timer for 25 minutes
7. Cook for 20-25 minutes, opening the lid and flipping the fries over once about halfway through, until they reach your desired doneness
8. Carefully remove and salt immediately. Let cool slightly then enjoy!

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