I have a weakness for Potatoes. So much so, that I think it’s my favorite vegetable in the whole world. I remember coming across a meme on the Internet that echoes my sentiments – “Potatoes can be used to make Fries…and Vodka. Other vegetables – please get your act together!’. There’s nothing that gives me greater joy than a bucket full of golden, salty fries or a bowlful of creamy Potato Salad, even a simple Aloo Jeera will lift my spirts up!
As kids, our summer evenings consisted of a quick ride to the neighborhood club where we congregated with other kids for swim camp. While none of us ever made it to the national teams, we always looked forward to the competition at the end of the summer, where we could win medals and other goodies. Apart from splashing around in the pool, another reason we loved swimming was that the Club made the best French Fries. Everyday post camp, we would be allowed to order something from the Club for a quick snack – a plate (or two) of fries would always accompany the sandwiches! We called them Fat fries – they were parboiled with some turmeric to give them a golden yellow colour and then fried once till halfway done and refried to make them nice and crispy. Unfortunately, the club did not renew the contract of the caterer and we forever lost the Golden Fries.
After the longish story of the Golden Fries, your expectations might be that I have the recipe to recreate them – sadly, no. I was unable to hunt down the caterer and even if I did, I don’t think I have the courage to double fry anything anymore! This version however, is an amped up solution of everything that is good in the world. Baked Potato wedges – check, Melted Cheese – check, Sour Cream – check, BBQ Sauce – check, Jalapenos – check, check!! I know I really shouldn’t be counting calories right now, but it does make me feel better that the wedges are baked instead of being fried. Enjoy a relatively guilt-free indulgence for your next party. (I’ve even shamelessly had these for dinner some days!)