Oven-Baked French Fries with Homemade Ketchup

I used to make fresh cut fries in the oven a lot when I first went vegan, but could never seem to get them the way I wanted them: crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. It took me a while, but eventually I learned that a good way was to soak them first in cold water to rinse off some of the starch and then broil them at a relatively high heat. I can’t really say I’ve perfected them yet, but these ones turned out pretty good. Blog worthy, for sure.

I’ve included a homemade ketchup recipe too. I find most generic store bought ketchup to be too sweet, so I figured I’d make my own. The last restaurant kitchen I worked in used to make a BBQ sauce that was kind of similar to this ketchup. Actually, the soy sauce I included in the recipe gives it a little bit of a BBQ-saucy flavour. I’m into it.

The great thing about making your own ketchup is that you control how sweet or sour you want it to be. If you want it sweeter, add more sugar, if you want it tangier, add more cider vinegar. You can even add a bit of hot sauce or chili peppers if you want. Experiment! Also, this recipe make a bunch of ketchup, so a good idea would be to freeze half of it for a later date. Otherwise, it should hold for about a week in the fridge.

Homemade Ketchup
Ingredients:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup onion, diced
28oz. can diced or whole tomatoes (preferably without salt added)
1/4 cup good quality soy sauce
1/3 cup organic cane sugar (or any kind of sugar if you don’t got that)
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
Sea salt, to taste (optional)

Instructions:
1. In a medium-sized saucepan, heat oil over medium-low heat. Add onion and cook for 12 to 15 minutes, stirring often, until just beginning to caramelize.
2. Stir in the tomatoes, soy sauce, sugar, and apple cider vinegar. Turn heat up to high and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn heat down and let simmer until reduced by about a third, which should take about 40-50 minutes. Stir occasionally.
3. Remove from heat and let cool for a bit. In an upright blender, purée in batches. If needed, season to taste with a bit of salt.

Baked French Fries
Ingredients:
2 medium-sized Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4″ thick fries
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and set the rack to highest position, closest to the heating element.
2. Meanwhile, place the cut potato fries into a large bowl of cold water. Swish around a bit until water is cloudy. Drain and repeat a few times until the water runs clear. Doing this washes away a lot of the surface starch and will make your fries crispier.
3. Toss the fries in the olive oil, cumin, and coriander. Lay them out on a baking tray, preferably lined with parchment paper, and season with black pepper and a good pinch of salt.
4. Bake, on the top rack, for about 18 to 20 minutes. Flip the fries over with a spatula, being careful if they’re sticking, and bake for another 18 to 20 minutes, or until crispy on both sides. Season with a tiny pinch more salt right when they come out of the oven.
Serves: 1 or 2

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