I think one of the harder things about being gluten-free is that you cannot have french fries at most restaurants because of the cross contamination. Most french fries are dipped in the same oil as other gluten fried items and that alone will give you a severe reaction, so we all steer clear. Some restaurants, but very few make their french fries in peanut oil (which doesn't do anything for those with a peanut and gluten allergy) or canola oil. And some restaurants lightly flour their fries!! ( I know, who would have thought?!) I guess I wish more restaurants fried their fries separately so everyone including those against gluten could enjoy. And I am sure any child with a gluten allergy or Celiac Disease suffers this sadness often. Bummer.
In April 2012 issue of Oprah Magazine I found a few tantalizing french fries recipes that will satisfy your craving instantly!! There are 4 recipes, and only one has gluten, which i naturally have coverted easily to gluten-free. It's a win-win for you or your child. Yay!.
Chipotle Cornmeal Green Bean Fries (yes, cornmeal is gluten-free in case you were wondering)
8oz. fresh green beans, trimmed
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp. ground chipotle chili pepper
2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/2 cup cornmeal
1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Prepare a large bowl of ice water. Add green beans to pot and cook 2 minutes; transfer to ice water 2 minutes. Transfer beans to a kitchen towel and blot to dry.
2. Meanwhile, place a rack in the lower third of the oven and a second one in the center. Preheat oven to 475 degrees F. Set wire cooling racks (optional) on 2 rimmed baking sheets and greece with nonstick cooking spray.
3. In a large bowl, mix together buttermilk, chili, salt, sugar and cornmeal. Set aside 10 minutes. Toss beans in buttermilk mixture to coat. Arrange, without crowding, in a single layer on baking sheets or wire racks. Bake until coating is golden and crisp, 8-9 minutes.
Makes 4 servings. Active time: 20 minutes/Total time: 45 minutes
Enjoy!! xoxo Julie