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New York Cult Recipes

New York Cult Recipes

By Marc Grossman

Published 2013

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Here is a basic technique to make fries in the oven.


  • 1 kg (2 lb 4 oz) root vegetables; allow about 100–200 g (3½–7 oz) per serve (while pale-skinned potatoes are most common, red-skinned potatoes, sweet potatoes, parsnips or beetroot are fantastic alternatives)
  • salt and spices
  • cooking oil



Preheat the oven to 230°C (450°F/Gas 8). Line a baking tray with baking paper. Peel and clean the selected root vegetables and cut into small uniform pieces.


Place the chopped vegetables in a large bowl and toss in a little salt and spices (such as ground pepper, herbes de Provence, cumin, etc.) and combine. Which spices and how much you add is up to you, but it’s better to err on the side of too little, since you can always add more salt, pepper and condiments to taste at the table.


Generously drizzle the vegetables with cooking oil and mix by hand to coat, adding more oil as needed. Spread the oiled vegetables out on the baking tray in one layer and bake for 30–45 minutes, taking the vegetables out of the oven about every 15 minutes to turn them and ultimately to check whether they’re cooked.