Russet & Sweet Potato Fries with Homemade Ketchup

Margie Bruner - Glory Kitchenby: Margie Bruner, owner of Glory Kitchen
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Fresh chopped rosemary and generous sprinkles of Umbria nut & spice mix can add amazing flavor to all types of potatoes.  In this recipe I’ve used two types – russet potatoes & sweet potatoes; both offer different flavors that mix together so well.  Toss them in a bit of olive oil, sea salt, fresh chopped rosemary and sprinkle with crunchy Umbria nut & spice mix to make amazing tasting (and healthy!) french fries.  I like to keep the skins on for added nutrients and for a rustic and homemade appearance. Serve them with a homemade ketchup and you have a very special version of an all-American favorite.

Making homemade ketchup was a first for me but after going through the simple process and tasting the amazing flavor, I’ll think twice before ever buying a store brand again.  I’ve never been a true fan of the typical and well known ketchups found on store shelves.  Most commercial brands are loaded with sugar and include so many chemicals and preservatives.  I’ve discovered it is quite easy to make your own ketchup and the flavor is completely unique – in a wonderful way.  So much more depth of flavor and none of that overpowering sugary taste.  Another wonderful discovery is you can make a large batch quite easily and freeze several jars for use at a later time.  It may sound overwhelming to make homemade ketchup, but I found I already had most of the ingredients sitting in my pantry, it didn’t take very long, and I was able to create something truly flavorful.  Try it – once you start with the simple tomato & vinegar base, you can experiment by adding different flavors to make it your very own.

Russet & Sweet Potato Fries with Homemade Ketchup

Yield: 6-10 servings

Ingredients

    for the homemade ketchup:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 5-7 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons sambal chili paste
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons worcestershire
  • sauce
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons mustard powder
  • ½ cup tomato paste
  • 1 can whole peeled tomatoes, 28 oz.
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sea salt
  • for the fries:
  • Umbria nut & spice mix
  • 3-4 russet potatoes
  • 3-4 sweet potatoes
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • olive oil
  • sea salt

Instructions

    homemade ketchup:
  1. In a large stock pot, heat the oil. Add the onions and cook until lightly browned but not completely caramelized. Add the chopped garlic and brown lightly. Stir in the canned tomatoes and then all the remaining ingredients. Let this simmer on low, covered, for about 20 minutes. Remove the lid and let the tomato mixture cool a bit.
  2. Once it has had a chance to cool, puree the ketchup in a blender until completely smooth. Transfer to airtight glass jars or containers and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks. I usually fill one jar and place it in the refrigerator, then pour the remaining ketchup in glass jars and freeze to have on hand for future use. Should yield about 3-4 cups of ketchup.
  3. fries:
  4. Set the oven temperature to 450°. Wash & dry all potatoes. Prepare a baking sheet (I used one for each of the potato types) and line each with parchment or aluminum foil. Cut each potato into sticks. I like to leave the skins on for better nutrient value and I like the rustic appearance of having skins on. Lay across each baking sheet and drizzle the potatoes with olive oil.
  5. Chop the fresh rosemary very small and sprinkle over the potatoes. Add a generous pinch of salt to each as well as Umbria nut & spice mix. Toss gently to coat the potatoes with oil, herbs & spices. Layer them flat on the baking sheet trying not to overlap too much. This will help brown them more evenly.
  6. Place in a hot oven and bake for about 30-40 minutes or until they are nicely browned and crispy. I like to turn the broiler on at the last moment to crisp the tops. Remove from oven, add more salt (to taste) and more Umbria blend. Serve immediately alongside fresh homemade ketchup.

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Russet & Sweet Potato  Fries with Homemade Ketchup
Russet & Sweet Potato  Fries with Homemade Ketchup
Russet & Sweet Potato  Fries with Homemade Ketchup
Russet & Sweet Potato Fries with Homemade Ketchup