In Paris the winter has been long, too long. It’s may and they are predicting snow this week in northern parts of the country.
Food is a great way to bring people together and warm things up a bit… and if it involves an oven, even better. Luckily, this is a recipe that almost everyone loves and will keep you warm and cozy on those cold rainy days. If you’re not a fan of super spicy foods, just cut down on the chili. And if you’re living somewhere it is warm right now, like my family, you can always throw these together with some grilled summer vegetables or bean burgers. (By the way, I’m extra-jealous if you are somewhere warm AND have a grill).
We change this a bit everytime, so feel free to adjust; It’s nearly foolproof. Serves 3-4.
6-7 small potatoes, cut into “fries” (we quarter them)
1 tablespoon of chili powder (less if you don’t like too much spice)
1 tablespoon of cumin
1 tablespoon of Paprika
1 tablespoon of Herbes de Provence (or 0.5 tbsp of oregano and thyme each)
1 tablespoon of salt
Pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon of olive oil
Instructions: Pre-heat the oven to 200 C/ 400F. Mix all the spices together in a bowl. Add the olive oil. Coat mixture evenly over potatoes, either by shaking them up in a bag with the spices or mixing in a bowl (though, I can honestly say the bag shaking thing is more fun.) However, if you shake them extremely violently in a weak plastic bag, be aware that this could happen:
The floor probably needed to be cleaned anyway. My only other tip would be to make sure none of the fries are touching, this will ensure a wonderful crispiness. No one likes soggy fries. Bake 30-40 minutes, until crunchy. Serve with ketchup and happiness 🙂