The other day I was in the grocery store, eyeing a cheap bag of carrots that cost only $1.29, and I thought, “What if I made French fries out of carrots? What a brilliant idea! Why hasn’t anyone thought of that before?”
Well, you see, someone has thought of that before. In fact, many, many people have thought of that before. Like so many of my “original ideas”, someone else thought of it first.
I’m convinced that there are no original recipe ideas out there anymore. Everything that can be done probably has been done. How much further can we push ourselves? How much more creative must we become? Please, someone tell me I’m wrong!
- 1 pound fresh carrots (about 10 to 12 carrots) = $1.29
- Olive oil = $.10
- Spices = $.05
Total cost = $1.44 for two large or four small servings of carrot French fries
I don’t have kids, but if I did, I would be all over this recipe as a way to get them to eat their vegetables. They’re essentially just roasted carrots. Yawn. But when you call them carrot fries, they go from boring vegetable to fun and exciting snack. And did I mention they’re super healthy?
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Carrot Fries Recipe
Yield: 2 large or 4 small servings
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 30 min
Total Time: 35 min
Look for carrots that are roughly the same circumference on the top and the bottom. You want the pieces to be as close to the same size as possible to ensure even cooking.
1 pound fresh carrots, peeled
1 teaspoon hot chili powder
1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil or coconut oil
Preheat oven to 425F. Cut each carrot into french fry shapes. Each carrot should make about 12 fries.
Place carrots in a mixing bowl and toss with olive oil and spices. Place in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Bake for approximately 15 minutes on one side. Flip, and bake for an additional 15 minutes or so, until carrots are lightly browned.
Serve with Sriracha-mayonnaise or your favorite dipping sauce.