Squash Fries

Squash Fries

1 large Delicata Squash (approx 1lb), washed, seeded and sliced into matchsticks
You could use any squash for this recipe; Acorn or Butternut would both work
1.5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp curry powder

1/3 cup of ketchup
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp coriander
parchment paper
1 gallon sized Ziploc bag

Preheat oven to 350.
Soak fries in water for at least an hour.
Pat fries completely dry.
Place fries in a gallon-sized Ziploc bag.
Add olive oil and curry powder to the bag.
Shake until the fries are evenly coated with oil and curry powder.
Arrange fries on a parchment lined cookie sheet approx 1″ apart. Do not crowd fries.
Bake for 15 minutes.
Flip over each individual fry and then bake another 15 minutes.
To make the ketchup, whisk together ketchup, cayenne, turmeric and coriander.
Serve fries hot with ketchup.

Tips for Crispy Fries

1. Soak the cut fries in salted water for at least an hour. I have no scientific reason as to why this works, but it does. The soaked batches crisped much better than the unsoaked batches.

2. Space fries at least 1″ apart on all sides. Overcrowding leads to sogginess.

3. Flip fries halfway through the cooking time. Unfortunately, this has to be done by hand. Be careful cause they’re hot.

4. Cook fries on a cooling rack. That way air circulates around them as they cook.

5. If you don’t have a cooling rack or (like me) only own a small one, cook the fries on parchment paper. Again, I have no explanation for this except it works. The batch I baked on tin foil did not come out well.

6. Pat fries completely dry before tossing with olive oil. Get rid of all excess water or else they will steam rather than bake in the oven.

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About Anna K Amendolare

Anna, of aka design, is a web designer and digital marketer. She contributes recipes via homeharv.wordpress.com, manages all of the email marketing for HH, and serves as webmaster for Hometown Harvest. When she is not in front of her computer, she enjoys baking, craft beer, and spinning & cycling to burn off those calories.

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