Monday, August 12, 2013

I love everything about Chef Emeril's cooking. We're having blue cheese bacon burgers tonight & these fries will be a perfect accompaniment. They are wonderful with lots of things... not just burgers!

2 large baking potatoes (about 1 1⁄2 pounds, scrubbed well
1⁄4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon Emeril's Original Essence or Creole Seasoning
3⁄4 teaspoon salt
1⁄4 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1 tablespoon sweet paprika
1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
1⁄4 teaspoon onion powder

1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.

2. Pat the potatoes dry and cut them lengthwise into 1⁄2-inch-thick slices. Turn each side flat and slice again lengthwise into even 1⁄2-inch-thick fries. Place the potatoes in a mixing bowl and add the olive oil, Essence, and 1⁄4 teaspoon of the salt. Toss well to combine. Then transfer the fries to a large baking sheet and arrange them in one even layer so that they are not touching. Roast, scraping the potatoes from the baking sheet with a metal spatula and turning them over halfway through, until golden brown and crispy, 30 minutes.

3. While the potatoes are cooking, combine the cheese, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and the remaining 1⁄2 teaspoon salt in a small bowl and stir to blend.

4. When the potatoes are crisp and brown, remove them from the oven and transfer to a serving platter. Sprinkle the potatoes with the Paprika-Parmesan Salt, and serve hot.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

2 1⁄2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried thyme

This creole seasoning would be great on baked sweet potato fries as well. Get that ying-yang thing going on!


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