Fabulous Feasting is a monthly blog feature focusing on one woman’s quest for the most fabulous food in Seattle to feast on, from restaurants to recipes.
I know that Spring officially started last month but around here, with our lingering Northwest winters, the start of baseball season really signals the beginning of Spring for me. With the home opener of the Mariners season at Safeco Field later this week, it got me thinking about warm summer days at the ballpark. And when I think of going to the ballpark, I think of food!
Traditional baseball-watching food includes hotdogs, peanuts and Cracker Jack. But the edible I think of most when I visit “The Safe” are their Garlic Fries – that potent waft of garlic just smacks you in the face as you enter the gates! While yes, not very nutritious, what’s better alongside a nice cold beer than some warm, salty, grease-soaked, starchy treats with a garlic bite? Of course the Mariners are classing things up these days with more gourmet fare, with the likes of local, renowned chef Ethan Stowell, and that really does make me, the food-lover, happy. But a classic is still a classic - and these fries have it!
What to do when you don’t have tickets to the game but you are craving the ballpark-like food experience? Why not have your own viewing party at home? Invite some friends over, pop the game on the big screen TV, whip up some of these babies, and serve with chilled beer – your friends will be impressed and you will love how easy they are to make!
This isn’t truly a recipe so much as a preparation, it’s really just about the finishing touches. You can prepare the potatoes however you like. If you want to save the calories and exposure to fat – go ahead and bake the fries. If you want to fry them but don’t have a deep fryer you can just fry them in vegetable oil in a deep pot on the stove.
HOME-MADE GARLIC FRIES
- Potatoes – one per person
- Garlic – minced – 1 Tablespoon per potato
- Fresh Parsley – 1/2 Tablespoon per potato
- Kosher salt – to taste (I used kosher salt, but a flavored salt would also be so delicious on these!)
- Butter – 1/2 Tablespoon
- Olive oil – 1/2 Tablespoon
Then to cook potato strips: Deep fry in small batches in vegetable oil at 375 degrees for 7-9 minutes. OR bake them in the oven by first tossing the cut potatoes in vegetable oil (or use plain to save even more calories) and placing in a single layer on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray – bake for 30 minutes at 425 degrees.
Heat small frying pan over med-high heat on the stove. Add olive oil and butter to pan. Once butter is melted add minced garlic and parsley and sauté for about a minute. As soon as the fries are done, drain oil from fries by placing on some paper towels and put them in a large bowl. Top with garlic/parsley mixture, sprinkle with salt, and toss.
Place fries into a serving dish and scoop remaining mixture leftover in the bowl on top of the fries to serve.
(You could also lower the fat by not sautéing the parsley and garlic in fat and just using it raw. This is the way they prepare them at Safeco Field atop the salted fries. You could certainly do this to save calories but if you sauté them first you will be hooked! We taste-tested both ways in our house and were divided – though I think the butter is what makes the sauteing method the better of the two! Everything’s better with butter! )
What foods make you think of baseball at the ballpark?
Kristin writes the monthly blog feature Fabulous Feasting, one woman's quest for the most fabulous food in Seattle to feast on, from restaurants to recipes. Kristin is a marketing and event professional whose favorite pastimes involve food, writing and connecting with her community. She connects with people daily on Twitter as @Seattle_Events, where as a Seattle native she is well equipped to dish up all the must-see and do around the city. You can also find Seattle Events on Facebook. Kristin also writes the blog KristinPotPie - Filled with tasty bites of food and fun, where she shares her passion for food and events. Connect with Kristin on Twitter @Kristinpotpie.
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