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Rainbow Fries
British
Side
1 hour
Vegetables/vegetarian
Easy
Serves
4

Potato fries or chips are very hard to resist and loved worldwide. Yet you don’t have to stick with just potatoes as you can make fries out of almost any root vegetable. The general rule of thumb for perfectly cooked rainbow fries is consistency of size. They don’t all need to be a perfect shape, but they will benefit from being of a similar thickness, otherwise any smaller ones will end up burning and larger ones won’t be cooked all the way through.

Recipe extracted from The Flexible Family Cookbook – Pics by Malou Burger.

Recipe courtesy of
Ingredients
  • 1 kg/2 lb 4 oz mixed root vegetables, such as orange, purple or yellow carrots, white or purple potatoes, sweet potatoes, celeriac, swede, parsnip.
  • 3–4 tbsp sunflower, rapeseed (canola) or olive oil
  • flaked sea salt
Method
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Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°C fan/425°F/gas 7.
  2. Wash the vegetables well and peel if you prefer, though it’s not essential for oven-baked fries. Cut them all into even-size batons and put in a large bowl. Drizzle with the oil, season with salt and toss together so all of the batons are coated.
  3. Spread out into a single layer on a large baking tray. Bake for about 35–45 minutes until golden and crisp on the outside but the centre is tender. Halfway through cooking, carefully turn the veggies for even cooking.
  4. Leave to sit for a couple of minutes, as this will make them easier to lift from the tray, then using a fish slice transfer to a serving dish. Scatter with some more salt and eat hot.

Flavour swap - you can add a variety of flavourings during or after cooking to mix things up:

  1. Add 1–2 teaspoons smoked paprika (hot or sweet), garlic salt, spice blends such as Cajun, garam masala or Chinese five-spice, fresh or dried rosemary, oregano or thyme.
  2. You can also use a fragrant oil such as chilli, truffle,rosemary or garlic.

Upgrade:

  1. When cooked, the fries are delicious scattered with grated Parmesan or sumac.

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