Beer and potatoes. Can I get an amen?
You’d think Wholesome Husband were Irish, the way that man loves potatoes. Sometimes I make a pound of potatoes and he eats 3/4th of that pound by himself. He’s also a huge beer lover.
So a recipe with beer and potatoes made into french fries. It’s like a perfection on a plate.
Garlic Salted, Beer Baked French Fries
Adapted from Edible Perspective
1 bottle IPA beer
3 russet potatoes
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Scrub potatoes and leave the skins on.
3. Cut the potato in half, lengthwise. Turn one half on its side.
4. Depending on how thick you want the fries, make 2-3 lengthwise cuts.
5. Turn the half flat side down, so the cut pieces are stacked parallel with your cutting board.
6. Cut 3-4 lengthwise cuts, perpendicular to the previous cuts. Repeat with the other half.
7. In a large bowl, soak the cut fries, in 1 bottle of beer. Let soak for 15 minutes, tossing a few times
8. Drain beer and toss with olive oil, garlic, salt + pepper, until well coated.
9. Spray a large baking sheet with non-stick spray and spread the fries, in a single layer on the pan.
10. Bake for about an hour, depending on how crispy you like them, tossing 3-4 times. Add more salt + pepper to your liking. Serves 4.
Nutrition Notes: Beer. Yes it’s filled with calories but it’s also good for you too. Just don’t tell your husband – he may think it’s ok to indulge more! According to this study: “Studies evaluating the relative benefits of wine versus beer versus spirits suggest that moderate consumption of any alcoholic beverage is associated with lower rates of cardiovascular disease. From a nutritional standpoint, beer contains more protein and B vitamins than wine. The antioxidant content of beer is equivalent to that of wine, but the specific antioxidants are different because the barley and hops used in the production of beer contain flavonoids different from those in the grapes used in the production of wine.”
Beer is also rich in B-vitamins and folates, which are found in leafy green vegetables, both of which help keep homocysteine blood levels in check. High levels of the chemical homocysteine have been linked to increased risk of heart disease.
Taste Test: Wholesome Husband said he couldn’t even tell that they were baked…he said they were “awesome” and thought it was cool that beer was in them. Husband Approved. I thought they were delicious too. The pictures show them to be more black in color than they were. The garlic burnt a little bit so maybe that’s why but they were still amazing!