And make them waffle fries at that? Sign me up! It won't matter if I'm hungry or not, I'm down.
All that added surface area, with all the little nooks and crevices and valleys and whatever else, when made just right, make quite possibly the most perfect fry in the world....
....which is absolutely why I should've taken the suggestion on the bag of Trader Joe's Seasoned Waffle Cut Fries and airfried them.
We have an airfryer. It's just a little guy, with small features. Small basket. Takes a while to do much of anything for a hungry crew with it. So I thought I'd just bake them a few extra minutes instead and get the whole batch done with at once. That'd be close enough, right? Certainly spot on, but it'd work....or work enough...right?
Even when baking a few extra minutes, man, these TJ's fries just wouldn't crisp up, at all. The texture was almost more like steamed then baked. Maybe a few more minutes would've done it, but I already had them in there for an extra five or so, and dangit, we had dance classes to get to. They were kinda damp and undercooked and felt like they were more ready to mash in a bowl them into my belly.
I guess all that's on me? Maybe? Our oven works pretty decently, so...anyways.
Definitely, we need to get these again and go for it with the airfryer. Or maybe get a bigger better airfryer. We're redoing our kitchen coming up shortly, so I guess we'll toss that on the list and slot it right behind the espresso machine both my lovely bride and I want and will finally have space for. Or something.
Seriously, airfryer or bust with these, it seems.
$3.99ish for the bag, came with enough to feed our hangry crew. If you have teenagers, you'll need an extra I'm sure. Pretty tasty and we'll do better next time, and heck even though we enjoyed them decently as is, I'm sure we'd give them a bump.
Bottom line: Trader Joe's Seasoned Waffle Cut Fries: 7.5 out of 10 Golden Spoons
Did you bake them in a big pile like in the photo? Food will steam when it's close together. Maybe a higher temperature would help too.ReplyDelete
Nah this is them all together in a bowl. There were single layer and spread out on the baking sheet.Delete
I don't have an air fryer so now I'm scared to even buy these.ReplyDelete
I don't have an air fryer either, so when I see products or recipes that say "for best results, use air fryer" I get so annoyed! Like, why does the success of this product/recipe hinge on me purchasing an air fryer?! Oh well...I'll just have to live vicariously through everyone else lolReplyDelete
Product of Italy is interesting. Not the country I associate waffle fries with.ReplyDelete
Well, I made them in the air fryer. Crisped up fine. I just found the flavor not to my liking. And I added garlic powder and pepper - nope. I'll have to try with hot sauce.ReplyDelete