Authentic Suburban Gourmet: Oven Fries with Sriracha Ketchup

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My inspiration for this week’s Friday Night Bites came from my
  He adores ketchup with his French
fries and on his scrambled eggs. My cooking bucket list has had homemade
ketchup waiting a long time to be crossed off – now I can take that black
sharpie and cross it off.  I could not
just make simple ketchup but had to kick it up a notch with Sriracha.

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This ketchup recipe could not be easier.  Here is my disclaimer – you will need time
and patience.  The end result is
completely worth it – trust me.  Although
I love, okay am quite obsessed with traditional French fries, these oven baked
fries were quite tasty.  Since I am a
food blogger, when I tell folks that I love a fast food lunch every once in a
while they look at me funny.  Although
infrequent, those cravings creep up and I have to given in and head to
McDonalds.  In my book, they are the
pillar of the perfect – especially when they are right out of that vat of hot
oil, lightly salted and pale in color – that is pure decadence.  Smile.

I used fingerling potatoes for the oven fries.  They are extremely creamy in the center and
crisp up nicely on the outside along with being perfect for dipping in the
handmade ketchup.  You could use a russet
potato or other variety if you can’t find the fingerling potato. I highly
encourage you to make the rosemary salt and dust a bit on the fries.  The salt would also be great on a steak or
grilled chicken breasts. These fries would go fantastic with a chilled pilsner
beer or robust Malbac.  Cheers to Friday
Night Bites!!

Oven Fries

4 Large Fingerling Potatoes, cut into ¼ inch slices

Olive Oil

Cut the potatoes into ¼ inch slices and lay flat onto a
cookie sheet.  Drizzle with olive oil and
toss so each potato is lightly covered. 
Bake at 400 degrees and bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown
on each side and crisp.  Flip halfway
through the cooking process.

Sriracha Ketchup

1 (28 oz) Can whole tomatoes in puree

1 Medium Onion, diced

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

1 Garlic clove, minced

½ Cup Brown Sugar

¼ Cup Apple Cider Vinegar

1 Heaping Tablespoon Sriracha

1 teaspoon Salt

In a medium saucepan, add the olive oil and dice onion.  Cook over medium heat until translucent and
soft.  Add the garlic and cook for one
minute.  Add the tomatoes, brown sugar,
cider vinegar, Sriracha and salt.  Stir
and let cook on medium high until bubbly. 
Reduce to low and let cook for one hour. 
Use an emulsion blender to puree and make it smooth.  Let cook down for another 30 minutes on low
until dark red and thick.  Let cool and
store in an airtight container.

Rosemary Salt

1 Tablespoon of minced fresh rosemary

2 Tablespoon Salt

Mix salt and minced rosemary together.  Sprinkle on fries.

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