French Fries, Without the Fry

Fries. Yum.Well, since there’s been a lot of ketchup experimentation going on here, it’s only right that we should post a french fry recipe, even it is is a very simple thing to do. Spread the potato love a little.

We bought ourselves a mandoline at the annual City Kitchens sale and have been having fun playing with it. (If you live in Seattle and have never been to City Kitchens, go there. It really is the best store ever. If you get on their mailing list, they’ll send you some unbelievable coupons once a year which you can use on top of the sale.)

good yellow potatoes
olive oil and peanut oil (equal parts)
salt, pepper
fresh sage, chopped finely

  1. Preheat your oven to 475F. (Don’t cheat. It must be hot.)
  2. Slice potatoes into shoe strings on your mandolin.
  3. Rinse potatoes in bowl of water at least twice. Place on a clean, dry dish towel and pat to remove excess water.
  4. Toss fries, oil, salt and pepper together and spread onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  5. Bake for about 10 minutes. (Keep an eye on these potatoes at the very end. Because they’re so thin they’ll go from perfectly golden to burnt in an instant.)
  6. Remove from oven and toss with sage. Mix and serve.


  • Use the same technique for larger cut fries, just increase the baking time.
  • The inspiration for the sage comes from Skillet. One of our favorite restaurants, Agate Pass Cafe, serves their shoestring potatoes with rosemary, which I thought couldn’t be beat until I had a sage potato. Try them both. See what you like.

Sage Pizza

For some reason, we seem to be good at growing sage. Maybe you are too. This is an easy pizza to put together – no chopping, no precooking.sage pizza

Pizza Dough (1 ball)
1/2 c. + 2 tbls. water
1 1/2 tsp. instant yeast
pinch sugar
1 1/2 c. AP flour
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 1/2 tsp. olive oil

2 balls fresh mozzarella
about 10-15 leaves of sage
olive oil
red pepper flakes, salt

  1. Make the dough. Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. Add the wet. Knead for 10 minutes. Let rise in a bowl coated in olive oil and covered with plastic wrap for 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 500F.
  3. Slice your mozzarella and put it on a cloth to dry.
  4. Shape the dough. Stretch and toss. Place on a pizza pan sprinkled with cornmeal.
  5. Place mozzarella  on the dough. Drizzle with olive oil. Bake on the lowest rack of your oven for 7 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and add sage. Bake for 8 minutes more or until brown.
  7. When it’s done, sprinkle with a small amount of red pepper flakes, a little salt, and grated Parmesan.

I followed most of the directions from a recipe in Local Flavors, a wonderful book that  I’ve repeatedly checked out of the library and now own. (Thanks, Mom!)