Wednesday, January 3


I used to have a weakness for french fries (yes even gross ones from gross places that use who knows what to fry with), but now that I have kids I want to live as long as I can and most importantly be an example to them, show them that food can be nutritious and delicious. Thus my obsession with healthy baking and cooking, not to mention my obsession with making it lightning fast.

One of the fruits of my labour are these organic oven roasted 'papas', Spanish for potatoe - a staple in our house. Here's the how-to:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C)
Wash 20 small or 10 large potatoes; preferably organic so you don't have to peel them...

...sometimes you will be forced to peel because of the mud knots!

Cut into small chunks; small is great for small hands

Place chunks on a parchment lined baking pan, add 1tsp sea salt, drizzle with about four wrist turns of olive oil, then add another 1/2 to 1tsp of salt, add a few twists of cracked pepper or whatever floats your taste boat then toss about with tons or a spoon

Bake for 20 minutes, then move 'em about/toss around so they won't burn, then bake for another 40 minutes

After 60 minutes of roasting, plus about 10 minutes of prep time you have: irrisistable 'papas'

This recipe yields about 4-6 snacks portions for a child; 2 portions if you're using them as a side dish for potatoe lovin' adults. The glass container is from IKEA, great for storage!


Jamie said...

these look so yummy! I just discovered sea salt and kosher salt. I've been one of those people that always assumed that if something said pure vanilla extract, then that's what it was. Pure Vanilla Extract. So I've been a little disappointed but learning to read labels a little more. I too, since having kids, want to show them how to make healthy choices and teach them how care for our bodies. So increasingly, when given the option to eat crap, we are like Nacho Libre when he slaps the elote away that Esqueleto is offering him. "Get that corn outa my face!" Except that I like elote. Quite tasty. Totally ridiculous movie. But we enjoy it a lot.

bazu said...

These look lovely! I couldn't live without papas!

crabbykate said...

Oh I'm totally going to try these. I, too, have a fry fetish that is difficult to let go. I've found that baked sweet potato fries go over fairly well with junk food-obsessed 3 year olds.