While I am definitely in favor of home cooking and not using pre-made and processed foods I do cheat occasionally. One of my favorite cheats is also a guilty pleasure; frozen French fries. However I like to make them as fancy as I can, like this recipe for Garlic Parmesan Fries.
Growing up I was fortunate to always get homemade French fries at home. My parents always took the time to peel, slice, and deep fry potatoes if we were going to eat fries.
When I grew up and left my parents house I realized that making homemade French fries can be a real undertaking. That’s when I learned to love frozen French Fries.
I know that Garlic Parmesan fries and everything else have become popular all across the United States. However, the first time I ate them Garlic Parmesan fries were a novelty. It was back in 2009 on a trip I took to Seattle with Mom. We were going to visit her brother and we went to a local eatery and drinkery. My uncle insisted we try the Garlic Parmesan Fries. I was hooked.
Ever since that trip I have been making them at my house. I always use frozen French fries to make my Garlic Parmesan Fries. In addition to the ease of using pre-made fries the fact that they are frozen makes the seasoning stick perfectly.
Another wonderful thing is that whether I buy steak fries, crinkle cut, waffle fries, or classic cut fries they all work with this seasoning. I personally like the classic or traditional cut French fries best for Garlic Parmesan Fries, but any unseasoned frozen fry will work.
Do you have a favorite guilty pleasure food? If you tell me I promise I will keep it a secret. I might even try it so we can be guilty together!
Garlic Parmesan French Fries
- 1 28 ounce bag Frozen French Fries
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3-4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup diced parsley Italian if available
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Into a large bowl pour the French fries. In a small bowl mix together olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Cover the fries with olive oil. Toss gently to coat.
Bake in preheated oven about 20 minutes, turning once, until crisp and golden brown.
Remove from oven and toss with cheese and parsley.
NOTE@: You may add more garlic depending on taste. The same with salt and pepper. This can be served with garlic aioli or other dipping sauce.