National French Fries Day

JULY 13th: National French Fries Day
 
Yes, National French Fries Day is apparently a thing. Today, we are breaking down headlines about French fries and giving you our Plantable-Approved French “fries” recipe.  
Have Some Fries with That?
Have you seen the headlines that you should be avoiding French fries? We'll break it down for you. Heating starchy foods, like potatoes and bread, at high temperatures produces a substance called acrylamide. Animal studies have linked consumption of high doses of acrylamide to increased cancer risk. Human studies, however, have failed to find such a link. Dr. David Spiegelhalter of the University of Cambridge took a deep dive into the research and concluded that even those who have the highest acrylamide consumption could consume 160 times as much acrylamide in their diets and still have a level unlikely to cause increased tumors in mice! So, the alarming headlines may be overblown (surprise, surprise). 
 
In general, avoiding food fried in low quality oil supports optimal health. And, with recipes like the one below, you can safely enjoy French fries and even a side of Plantable-approved homemade ketchup. 

SWEET POTATO FRIES
Adapted from Mark Bittman for the New York Times
Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes (if organic, don’t peel; if conventional, peel)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Cut the sweet potatoes into ½ inch wide, 3 inch long sticks and place them on the baking sheet.
  3. Mix the spices together in a small bowl and toss them and the olive oil onto the sweet potatoes so the spices and oil coat the potatoes.
  4. Spread out the potatoes out on the baking sheet so they are not overlapping. You may need more than one baking sheet.
  5. Bake for about 15 minutes until golden on the bottom. Flip and bake for another 10 minutes.
  6. Serve hot with the Plantable ketchup!

Plantable-Approved Ketchup
Serves: 6
Serving size: 2 ounces (4 Tbsp)
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • ¾ tsp smoked paprika
  • dash of cinnamon
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ tsp lemon juice
Directions
  1. Soak raisins for 10-15 minutes in 1/2 cup water.
  2. Combine raisins, soaking liquid, tomato sauce, garlic, water, paprika, cinnamon, and salt in a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. In a pan, heat the olive oil. Add the tomato mixture and lower the heat. Simmer for about ~20 minutes, until thickened.
  4. Add Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice. Simmer for another 5 minutes and adjust seasoning to taste.