So those of you who have been following for any amount of time know that I live in Idaho.
It’s still my absolute favorite place that I’ve been to in the States. I mean, I haven’t been to all of them, but I think I’ve had a pretty good taste of most of them. At least enough to be familiar with each area. For example, I know that I could never survive living in certain areas of the mid-west very long without going crazy over the flat boring landscapes. We drove through a lot of that when we moved and I have to say that the isolated feeling in some of the places kind of gave me the creeps.
Don’t get me wrong though, there are so many places that I love as well. I spent a lot of summers in Florida growing up and I’ve also been to the East and West Coasts, but there was just something about the Panhandle (that’s what they call the narrow part of the state) up here in the North that I fell in love with. I loved the wildlife and all of the pine forestry. We see moose and deer all the time and the winter snow was incredible.
I may have been born in the South East but when it comes to geographic locations I think my heart will always be stuck in the North West now. Sorry, I didn’t really plan to make this post some kind of tribute to North Idaho or anything but I guess I kind of did.
Anyway, if you’ve ever been in the North West then you may have discovered the phenomenon known as fry sauce at every food joint you visit. The thing that I find hilarious about it is that most of the recipes have about 3 ingredients with very little variation between them and yet everyone thought that one certain place or another had the best fry sauce and had their loyal favorite. It’s pretty funny.
Fry sauce is seriously the easiest thing ever and hardly counts as a recipe. It does however compliment, you guessed it, french fries perfectly. I made it to go with these oven fries that I made that are almost equally simple to the sauce and so good you’ll forget they’re not technically fried.
Easy Oven Fries with North Idaho Fry Sauce
- 3-4 large russet or Idaho potatoes scrubbed
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano and/or rosemary optional
- 1/3 cup tomato ketchup
- 1/2 cup veganaise
- 2 teaspoons worchestershire *see note
- 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- cayenne pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 C) and line a baking tray with foil.
Chop potatoes into matchsticks and toss with olive oil and seasoning in a large bowl and spread out in an even layer on tray and bake for 15 minutes. Then remove from oven and toss a little bit then return to oven and bake for 15 to 25 more minutes until crispy. I like to start checking them at about 10 minutes to make sure there are none getting burned. Remove from oven and season with more salt and pepper to taste.
Stir all ingredients together in a small bowl and serve with hot fries.
*Be sure to use a brand of worchestershire sauce that you've checked the ingredients because most worchestershires contain anchovy. Annie's makes a good one.
Oh, and before I go….
With all of this talk about Idaho I just have to share something my relatives sent me from their house. They still live in Idaho and apparently are now getting all of the luck. I lived there for 2 years and never saw a bear once, not one time, and now they have a family of them moving in! It’s so unfair!