Rosemary fries with roasted garlic dip

Lately, my favourite midnight snack is crispy rosemary fries with a roasted garlic dip (me) or ketchup (Duncan, who says that his childhood motto was ‘ketchup on everything’). I know, I know, eating too close to your bedtime isn’t really a good idea and perhaps I should not endorse it here… But we all have these moments when we had a healthy and light dinner, say 3 hours before going to bed, and then suddenly we find ourselves on a cliff hanger of Breaking Bad and we really want to find out what happened next but dinner is a distant memory and we’re getting peckish.

Lately, my favourite midnight snack is crispy rosemary fries with a roasted garlic dip (me) or ketchup (Duncan, who says that his childhood motto was ‘ketchup on everything’). I know, I know, eating too close to your bedtime isn’t really a good idea and perhaps I should not endorse it here… But we all have these moments when we had a healthy and light dinner, say 3 hours before going to bed, and then suddenly we find ourselves on a cliff hanger of Breaking Bad and we really want to find out what happened next but dinner is a distant memory and we’re getting peckish.

INGREDIENTS
FRIES
  • 3 medium potatoes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp coarse sea salt
  • 2 tsp dried rosemary
  • medium hot chilli flakes (I used Turkish pul biber)
  • ketchup, to serve (optional)

ROASTED GARLIC DIP

  • ½ cup raw cashews, soaked overnight
  • 2-3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast (we recommend this brand)
  • ¼ tsp dried rosemary, crushed into a fine powder
  • 3 large garlic cloves
  • ¼ tsp fine sea salt, adjust to taste
  • white (or black) pepper, to taste

METHOD
  1. If you have new potatoes, scrub them (peel them otherwise) really well and cut into ½ cm / 0.2″ wide matchsticks. Try to make them as even as possible so that they cook evenly.
  2. Plunge the matchsticks into a bowl of cold water and let them sit in it for about 30 min. Soaking will get rid of excess starch and result in crispier fries. Prepare roasted garlic dip while fries are soaking.
  3. Place about ½ tsp of coarse sea salt and 2 tsp of dried rosemary in a pestle and mortar and grind them together into rosemary salt.
  4. Take the potato matchsticks out of the water, rinse them and blot dry (that’s important!) with a paper kitchen towel.
  5. Place dry potato matchsticks in a bowl. Drizzle with 1 tablespoons of oil and use your hands to ensure that all matchsticks have been coated in oil. Season with a pinch or two of rosemary salt you prepared earlier.
  6. Pre-heat the oven to 225° C / 435° F and line a baking tray with a piece of baking paper.
  7. Place potato matchsticks on the baking tray in a single layer and make sure fries do not touch each other as otherwise they will end up soggy. The more space they have around them the crispier they will turn out.
  8. Bake for about 30-35 minutes. 20 minutes in, gently turn the fries to the other side. If you have some small fries in between larger ones, they will be done sooner so you may want to take them out a bit earlier. Sprinkle with more rosemary salt if needed and some chilli flakes (if using).
  9. Serve hot with a side of roasted garlic dip and / or ketchup.

ROASTED GARLIC DIP
  1. Set a small pan on a medium heat and place 3 garlic cloves (skins on) on the hot frying pan. Roast them (it takes about 10 minutes) until they get lightly charred on the outside and soft on the inside. Turn them to the other side regularly so that they don’t burn. Alternatively, you could also place them in the oven with your fries and remove after about 10 minutes. Peel after roasting and discard the skins.