Papa Frites (Homemade French Fries)
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- 4 large russet potatoes
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- olive oil
- 3 bell peppers red, yellow, or orange*
- 1 pound rope sausage
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 cup various fresh herbs (parsley, thyme, oregano) chopped
- salt and pepper
- large soup pot filled with boiling water
- spider or slotted spoon
- measuring cups and spoons
- knife and cutting board
- 2 cookie sheets
- large bowl
Preheat the oven to 450º
Cut the potatoes into long wedges. 6 per potato. Cut the peppers and sausage into 2 inch chunks. Put the peppers and sausage on a cookie sheet, drizzle them with olive oil and set aside.
Add the baking soda to the boiling water. Carefully put the potato wedges into the boiling water for 2-3 minutes. Remove them from the water with the spider or the slotted spoon and put them into the large bowl.
Sprinkle the potatoes with salt and gently rough them up a bit by tossing them around the bowl until you start to see them slurry up.
Oil the other cookie sheet with a generous amount of olive oil. Lay the potato wedges out on the oiled cookie sheet.
Put the potatoes on the top rack and the peppers/sausage tray on a lower rack. Flip each potato wedge after 10 minutes and sprinkle 1/2 of the garlic and herbs over the potatoes and the other 1/2 over the peppers and sausage. Bake for 10 minutes more or until they turn golden brown and crispy.
Serve with aioli.
*I like the red, yellow or orange bell peppers, not green. I find green peppers give people gas and they can taste bitter.