Sustainable Options

Monday, January 17, 2011

Hamburger and French Fries!

So people think that we are missing out not going to fast food.  We still do go out to eat I just try to pick restaurants that are not large chains and not fast food.  We now prefer home made pizza because it is so yummy!  However that means pizza night is no longer a quick phone call and 30 minutes later dinner imageis on the table.  

Anyway tonight we had hamburgers and French fries our way!  It was super yummy so I had to post.

Hamburger: Our meat is from Sean’s parents ranch where they raise a few cattle for beef.

Toppings: Avocado, cheese and mushrooms all from California.  It was weird not having tomatoes but I am trying to not buy fruits and veggies out of season so we went with out.  I was excited to find Avocado at the food co-op from California it was the bright green kind not the typical Hass ones that we get in the summer and fall.  image

 Buns: At 3:30 I realized I would need bread by dinner time so I used my new Kitchenaid mixer to make over sized dinner rolls that have extra yeast so they rise fast.  They were 1/2 bread flour 1/2 wheat. 


Fries: I looked up some recipes and made baked sweet potato and regular fries.  The sweet potato ones did not get crispy (I will tweak the recipe and try again soon).  The other ones were great.  My family loves home made fries and always asks for more.  Also I am freezing a batch for a quick snack another day.   (Fry pictures are before they were cooked.  I got to busy with eating to take any after shots after they cooked)

Regular Fries: Pre-heat oven to 450, cut Yukon gold (or other) potatoes into fry size pieces.  imagePut in a bowl and mix with a few tablespoons of California Olive Oil, salt, pepper and other favorite seasonings (I like paprika, or 21 season mix from Trader Joes).  Place on cookie sheet in single layer and bake at 450 on lowest rack for 20-30 minutes flipping fries once about half way through. 


  1. You will have to let me know if you ever figure out how to get sweet potato fries crispy :)

  2. Thanks! I'm going to try the will be a good change from our baked potatoes.
    Marcia :)

  3. I think there is something about freezing them. So I made a batch of sweet potatoe fries with cinamon and sugar and froze them. I plan to defrost them for a snack and serve with whip cream (home made of course). I saw this on the ocmment section of one of the recipes I was looking up. I am wondering if they will be less soggy when reheated after freezing.