Chili Lemon Ranch Dip

Garlic Seasoned French Fries w/ Chili Lemon Ranch Dip

Chili Lemon Ranch Dip
Photography by Corey White

This was a dish prepared at my friend Sean’s place.  Once again my faithful sous chef Corey White was keeping the mise en place rocking, but this time he happened upon one of the best dipping sauces I’ve encountered.  He mixed Ranch, Sriracha Chili Garlic Sauce, Lemon Juice, and the tiniest splash of A1, and made something the world will yearn to dip its food in.  But, I digress, the point of the dishes of the evening were a different take on Steak and Potatoes, so there will be a steak recipe up soon that accompanies this.  We just wanted some good fries with golden brown color, a well seasoned crunch, and soft pillowy middle.  It was also an experiment in originality with a multitude of different cutting techniques used on the potatoes.  There were wedges, slices, peels, rings, quarters, shavings, any cut you can think of really.  The caveat is that different cuts cook differently, but we were just having fun, so you can do uniform cuts if you want or you can be crazy too and enjoy variety.

 

QUICK COOKING TIP –

Russet Potatoes are used for Mashed Potatoes because they have more starch than waxy potatoes and when boiled their starch walls fall apart, and that’s why Red Potatoes (and other waxy potatoes) are more commonly used in soups and stews!

 

FRIES INGREDIENTS

  • 4-5 Russet Potatoes
  • 2 Tbsp Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Black Pepper
  • 3 Tbsp Paprika
  • 2 Tbsp Dried Basil
  • 3 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Onion Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil

 

FRIES RECIPE

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  2. Combine all your seasonings in a bowl
  3. Cut, chop, slice, dice, and do whatever you want to the potatoes (Just try to keep them less than a 1/2′ thick)
  4. Rub the olive oil on your fries
  5. Use half the seasoning, and rub it over the fries until they’re evenly coated
  6. Then sprinkle the remaining seasoning over the fries, but don’t toss it, leave those taters to get super seasoned portions
  7. Throw them in the oven for 10 minutes
  8. Flip with tongs or spatula
  9. Cook another 10 minutes
  10. Switch oven to Broil
  11. Check every 2 minutes until they start getting golden brown
  12. Flip them
  13. Continue this process until you have evenly browned fries

 

CHILI LEMON RANCH DIP INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 Cup Ranch Dressing
  • 2 Tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tsp A1 Steak Sauce
  • 1 Tsp Soy Sauce
  • Sriracha Chili Garlic Sauce (to flavor, Corey used close to 1 Tbsp)

 

CHILI LEMON RANCH DIP RECIPE

  1. Combine all ingredients
  2. Garnish with chives **optional**

 

These fries are really easy to make, and they have a great texture that’s complimented by the seasonings.  You could dip them in ketchup, I guess, but the chili lemon ranch dip takes it to a new level!  If you like these, let me know, and if you hate them tell me why!

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