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Paleo(ish) French Fries? **Pics included**

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created March 09, 2011 at 3:43 AM

So if we accept potato as a safe starch in the context of a healthy diet of a healthy person, is cutting up a fresh potato into fries and cooking them in ghee any different than spooning ghee onto a baked potato? In other words, isn't this a good solution to actually have french fries that qualify? For what it's worth, these were quite possibly the tastiest fries I've ever had!

In the ghee:

http://img3.imageshack.us/i/dsc004631500.jpg/

A closer look:

http://img34.imageshack.us/i/dsc004651500.jpg/

On the breakfast plate:

http://img27.imageshack.us/i/dsc004661500.jpg/

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(39821)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Nothing about those pictures said, "low temperature" to me. I'll have to try to dig it up, but I read a study about the levels of oxidized cholesterol in ghee that is heated up to high temperatures and it was substantial. The study authors were thinking it had something to do with atherosclerosis among certain Indian populations. I wasn't convinced of that, but the data was worth taking note of.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on November 03, 2011
at 06:17 PM

I did it with pumpkin right now, and it was FREAKING TASTY. Like the good old fries!!!

235259a645be3cac56196e0489dbc8f4

on March 22, 2011
at 12:45 AM

Haha thanks...sorry if that came off as SPAM... I was just giving a LOW GI potato option that I came across while traveling to Australia...not even sure if there available in USA.

Dc69594b2a1bbc32a6389924248387d6

on March 19, 2011
at 06:26 PM

I have never tried making them in ghee. I usually use coconut oil. I'll have to try ghee next time!

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on March 17, 2011
at 01:58 PM

Joseph. We make tostones every now and then. Used to make them in canola oil (unbelievable). Now in ghee. They taste much better now :)

91c2e2a35e578e2e79ce7d631b753879

(2081)

on March 17, 2011
at 01:25 PM

Yes, indeed! I do this once every couple of weeks. A suggestion: when you fry them in tallow, fry them twice. They come out much crispier that way.

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(9647)

on March 17, 2011
at 05:50 AM

Hi everyone, just for future reference, this is not spam, even if it might look like it. This user has given a number of good answers elsewhere in a different account: http://paleohacks.com/users/2705

Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

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on March 17, 2011
at 04:52 AM

That is actually downright healthy. If paleo catches on we will find tallow fries in the "health food" stores.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on March 17, 2011
at 03:15 AM

like... baked potatoes?

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on March 17, 2011
at 01:20 AM

Just did this tonight! But before I baked them, I rolled in cayenne, tumeric, cumin, sea salt. Best. Fries. Ever.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on March 17, 2011
at 12:29 AM

why not just eat the tasty potatoes?

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

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on March 17, 2011
at 12:12 AM

I don't eat white potatoes because they cause me inflammation and bloating. I am absolutely fine with sweet potatoes.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on March 11, 2011
at 04:46 AM

okey dokey. sorry i didn't realize my comment an offensive rant.

976844bb16c0ab60ca2632aa5df149f8

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on March 10, 2011
at 03:23 PM

Sorry, that was a total knee jerk reaction to your rant. I choose to not eat white potatoes because I am trying to lean out. I occasionally eat sweet potatoes post workout. What I've read and learned supports this, however, I don't think there is one answer that fits us all. Jack, maybe you CAN eat potatoes and rice because you are lean and ripped. I am not, so I don't, and have lost fat not doing so. I wouldn't advise someone who's trying to lose fat to do so regularly. Sorry for the knee jerk reaction to your rant, I guess we're even. Now I'm off to do potato research. :)

976844bb16c0ab60ca2632aa5df149f8

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on March 10, 2011
at 03:00 PM

You are right on the frying, fats are a no-no post work out, sorry I forgot that. I understood sweet potaoes to be more nutrient dense. Whatever. eat your damn fries.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on March 10, 2011
at 01:58 AM

i'm still on the fence about oxidized cholesterol. otherwise what the heck are we doing eating ghee in the first place... and fried eggs.

0adda19045a3641edac0008364b91110

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on March 09, 2011
at 03:58 PM

Why would potatoes be high in oxidized cholesterol...or are you referring to the Ghee?

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on March 09, 2011
at 03:57 PM

yes this is why i eat both. i don't really care about the term "Paleo". I just think the "Paleo" label and way of eating most closely matches what I have come to believe is the best way to eat in 2011. To me, potatoes and sweet potatoes are fine for someone who does not have issues with blood glucose and insulin resistance. i am lean, ripped with muscle, and gaining muscle every week. i eat potatoes and white rice regularly along with all the quality fats and proteins that I get.

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on March 09, 2011
at 02:22 PM

Acrylamide production is very low I you keep the temp low

Af2ad65226384cedd4f5f08825a75b5d

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on March 09, 2011
at 01:29 PM

sorry for the rant - here's a great link to questions that argue the relative merits of sweets vs. reg. taters: http://paleohacks.com/questions/18825/why-are-sweet-potatoes-better-than-regular-potatoes#axzz1FatVOqK6 Of course neither type are NECESSARY, but both can be useful. I'm also of the personal view you really don't want to be deep frying any type of potatoes (really anything) in the post workout meal.

Af2ad65226384cedd4f5f08825a75b5d

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on March 09, 2011
at 01:24 PM

Why are people still so pro-sweet potato/anti-potato when both are: a. new world vegetables (meaning that neither would be "true" paleo), b. quality sources of starch - sweets dilute their starch with sugar, c. White potatoes have been bred to reduce toxin load, while sweet potatoes were bred to be sweet, d. carry a similar mineral and vitamin load outside of beta carotene (which is not vit. A, but a precursor), e. Sweets have their own anti-nutrients such as oxalates and trypsin inhibitors among others. One should be pro-both or anti-both in situation, outside of avoiders of ALL nightshades.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on March 09, 2011
at 04:27 AM

sweet potato fries in ghee turned out excellent too! i just keep the fire on low-med, never above med.

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691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

(3641)

on March 09, 2011
at 04:04 AM

I support your quest. I would suggest frying in grass fed tallow and use sweet potatoes for the ultimate paleo fry next.

Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

(17969)

on March 17, 2011
at 04:52 AM

That is actually downright healthy. If paleo catches on we will find tallow fries in the "health food" stores.

91c2e2a35e578e2e79ce7d631b753879

(2081)

on March 17, 2011
at 01:25 PM

Yes, indeed! I do this once every couple of weeks. A suggestion: when you fry them in tallow, fry them twice. They come out much crispier that way.

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Cb2415c2aef964ab499a09dc92ae7e01

(783)

on March 17, 2011
at 01:45 AM

Here's how to do it.

Peel and cut up a russet or two.
Soak in water for a while (20-30 mins).
Drain, then fry medium temp in enough lard to do the job (doesn't have to be completely submerged like deep frying).
Take off heat and let cool down.
Repeat on higher heat to brown and crisp them up.

Duck fat also works well.

Do I do this every day? No. Will I make up a batch of fries on a Friday especially to go along with Bison burger? You bet.

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4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

on March 09, 2011
at 04:08 AM

This all depends on the heat used and the Oxidation that occurs. Barring that, post workout for those that dont have blood sugar issues with Potatoes. Go for it, I personally Love my Sweet Potato Tallow Fries. I keep them under 300F tho.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on March 09, 2011
at 04:27 AM

sweet potato fries in ghee turned out excellent too! i just keep the fire on low-med, never above med.

1
16846467115e18d283565a19c374ee07

(323)

on March 17, 2011
at 01:20 PM

They look absolutely delicious! I would definitely try it with lard or bacon fat, too

1
Dc69594b2a1bbc32a6389924248387d6

on March 17, 2011
at 04:31 AM

I make parsnip fries. They taste great and satisfy that craving. Or tostones (fried green plantains) can help with those cravings too. I don't eat white potatoes because I always feel rundown after.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on March 17, 2011
at 01:58 PM

Joseph. We make tostones every now and then. Used to make them in canola oil (unbelievable). Now in ghee. They taste much better now :)

Dc69594b2a1bbc32a6389924248387d6

on March 19, 2011
at 06:26 PM

I have never tried making them in ghee. I usually use coconut oil. I'll have to try ghee next time!

1
36e460ed7d438c234555dbb646741c42

on March 11, 2011
at 03:13 AM

avoid potatoes and chop up some butternut squash--- you won't notice the difference, i promise!

http://www.njpaleogirl.com/2011/03/chicken-nuggets-and-fries.html

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

(7304)

on March 17, 2011
at 12:29 AM

why not just eat the tasty potatoes?

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on November 03, 2011
at 06:17 PM

I did it with pumpkin right now, and it was FREAKING TASTY. Like the good old fries!!!

1
976844bb16c0ab60ca2632aa5df149f8

(317)

on March 09, 2011
at 04:04 AM

Not everyone agrees that potatoes are acceptable. If you used sweet potatoes I'd be cool with it post workout and if you arent trying to lose weight.

Af2ad65226384cedd4f5f08825a75b5d

(665)

on March 09, 2011
at 01:29 PM

sorry for the rant - here's a great link to questions that argue the relative merits of sweets vs. reg. taters: http://paleohacks.com/questions/18825/why-are-sweet-potatoes-better-than-regular-potatoes#axzz1FatVOqK6 Of course neither type are NECESSARY, but both can be useful. I'm also of the personal view you really don't want to be deep frying any type of potatoes (really anything) in the post workout meal.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on March 09, 2011
at 03:57 PM

yes this is why i eat both. i don't really care about the term "Paleo". I just think the "Paleo" label and way of eating most closely matches what I have come to believe is the best way to eat in 2011. To me, potatoes and sweet potatoes are fine for someone who does not have issues with blood glucose and insulin resistance. i am lean, ripped with muscle, and gaining muscle every week. i eat potatoes and white rice regularly along with all the quality fats and proteins that I get.

Af2ad65226384cedd4f5f08825a75b5d

(665)

on March 09, 2011
at 01:24 PM

Why are people still so pro-sweet potato/anti-potato when both are: a. new world vegetables (meaning that neither would be "true" paleo), b. quality sources of starch - sweets dilute their starch with sugar, c. White potatoes have been bred to reduce toxin load, while sweet potatoes were bred to be sweet, d. carry a similar mineral and vitamin load outside of beta carotene (which is not vit. A, but a precursor), e. Sweets have their own anti-nutrients such as oxalates and trypsin inhibitors among others. One should be pro-both or anti-both in situation, outside of avoiders of ALL nightshades.

976844bb16c0ab60ca2632aa5df149f8

(317)

on March 10, 2011
at 03:00 PM

You are right on the frying, fats are a no-no post work out, sorry I forgot that. I understood sweet potaoes to be more nutrient dense. Whatever. eat your damn fries.

976844bb16c0ab60ca2632aa5df149f8

(317)

on March 10, 2011
at 03:23 PM

Sorry, that was a total knee jerk reaction to your rant. I choose to not eat white potatoes because I am trying to lean out. I occasionally eat sweet potatoes post workout. What I've read and learned supports this, however, I don't think there is one answer that fits us all. Jack, maybe you CAN eat potatoes and rice because you are lean and ripped. I am not, so I don't, and have lost fat not doing so. I wouldn't advise someone who's trying to lose fat to do so regularly. Sorry for the knee jerk reaction to your rant, I guess we're even. Now I'm off to do potato research. :)

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on March 11, 2011
at 04:46 AM

okey dokey. sorry i didn't realize my comment an offensive rant.

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on March 17, 2011
at 12:12 AM

I don't eat white potatoes because they cause me inflammation and bloating. I am absolutely fine with sweet potatoes.

0
Eeb593d6b6d7a939fdd5469b69347d5f

(1037)

on May 09, 2011
at 05:39 PM

You might want to try cassava fries...much lower GI than white potatoes.

http://paleograd.blogspot.com/2011/03/duck-hearts-and-cassava.html

(Frying in bacon grease is certainly an alternative to baking them.)

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26b7615ef542394102785a67a2786867

on March 16, 2011
at 11:38 PM

Beef tallow is better.

Butternut squash tastes like paste. Potatoes taste like god.

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on March 09, 2011
at 04:56 AM

Probably pretty high in acrylamides and oxidized cholesterol, but other than that they look tasty.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on March 10, 2011
at 01:58 AM

i'm still on the fence about oxidized cholesterol. otherwise what the heck are we doing eating ghee in the first place... and fried eggs.

0adda19045a3641edac0008364b91110

(1146)

on March 09, 2011
at 03:58 PM

Why would potatoes be high in oxidized cholesterol...or are you referring to the Ghee?

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on March 09, 2011
at 02:22 PM

Acrylamide production is very low I you keep the temp low

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(39821)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Nothing about those pictures said, "low temperature" to me. I'll have to try to dig it up, but I read a study about the levels of oxidized cholesterol in ghee that is heated up to high temperatures and it was substantial. The study authors were thinking it had something to do with atherosclerosis among certain Indian populations. I wasn't convinced of that, but the data was worth taking note of.

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235259a645be3cac56196e0489dbc8f4

on March 09, 2011
at 04:18 AM

What about LOW GI white potatoes....check out these bad boys. Ive tried them and are amazing!!

http://www.carismapotatoes.com.au/

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on March 17, 2011
at 05:50 AM

Hi everyone, just for future reference, this is not spam, even if it might look like it. This user has given a number of good answers elsewhere in a different account: http://paleohacks.com/users/2705

235259a645be3cac56196e0489dbc8f4

on March 22, 2011
at 12:45 AM

Haha thanks...sorry if that came off as SPAM... I was just giving a LOW GI potato option that I came across while traveling to Australia...not even sure if there available in USA.

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