Does anyone else route their flights to certain airports just so they can eat certain foods? Just to be clear, if I can take a direct flight to my destination, I will. But if I can't, then Charlotte International Airport is the airport for me. What's there? Bojangles. Yes. If you haven't heard of Bojangles before, you should know that it's a southern-based fast food chain. Nowadays, I don't eat a ton of fast food because I'm "trying" to be healthy, but you know....McDonald's fries are my kryptonite. I know I'm not the only one in that department.
Well, one day years and year ago (ahem...maybe about 10 years ago...) I was traveling when I started craving fries. Bojangles was the closest fast food chain to my gate. They're well known for their chicken and biscuits, but I figured I'd try them out anyhow since McDonald's was too far of a walk. I took the gamble on Bo's cajun fries and wow! That was the best decision ever! I ate them all in record time, then thought about those fries throughout the entire second leg of the trip. Trust me when I tell you that these things are winners.
I never thought of creating them myself, mostly because of my aversion to frying anything in my own kitchen. Splattering hot oil coming toward my face is not worth any food. For some reason, I never considered making a baked version of these fries! I only thought about it after my friend asked me to test out a batch of baked fries for a project she was working on. So yes, I quickly pulled together a cajun spice recipe and set to work on making this wonderful snack!
Baked Cajun Fries
- 1 lb Russet potatoes
- 2 1/2 tablespoons clarified butter or vegetable oil
- 2 1/2 teaspoons cajun seasoning (see below for recipe)
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1/4 - 1/2 tablespoon pure chili powder
1) Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
2) Peel the potatoes, then cut them into 1/2 inch strips. Soak the potatoes in water for 10 minutes. Drain and pat dry.
3) In a large bowl, mix together the potatoes, butter or oil, and the seasonings.
4) Spread out the fries on a baking sheet, making sure they are in a single layer.
5) Bake for 30 - 40 minutes, depending on how crispy you like your fries. Turn the fries after about 15 minutes in the oven so they cook evenly..
6) Serve immediately.