No-Salt French Fry Seasoning
Want to know a four-letter word that is considered a ‘no-no’ in my household? SALT! That’s right; those cute little white specks that make food taste so much better. After all, who wants to eat bland food when your taste buds are screaming for something delicious for dinner? Salt, in all of its wonderful glory, may be just what your tongue yearns for meal after meal, but your body may disagree. I found this out about two years ago when I was diagnosed with cardiomegaly. After spending a few days in the hospital and being given a ‘new diet’ to follow, I went home to start my new way of life.
The biggest change in this new diet was NO SODIUM. Making this change at the table wasn’t all that difficult since I was already replacing salt with black pepper. Preparing meals was where I was going to get into trouble. One of the most challenging items to prepare was french fries. Now, who doesn’t like the taste of hot, crisp french fries loaded with salty goodness? I know I do. I used to go through the drive-thru at the local fast food restaurants just to get fries.
Since I don’t like the mess that frying potatoes leaves behind, I’ve always baked my fries rather than frying them. I usually let them cook about 5 – 10 minutes and when they’ve gotten a nice layer of moisture on them, I would take them out and sprinkle them with salt and then finish baking them. By doing this, the salt would bake directly onto the fries for a dynamic flavor.
Thus, my problem was created. How would I continue to bake perfect french fries without the use of salt? I tried the ‘fake salt’. I tried the potassium salt. I tried the ‘no-salt’. Nothing worked and most made the food taste bitter. That’s when I decided to make my own french fry seasoning. I gathered all the different seasonings that I like and started combining them. What I ended up with is this No Salt French Fry Seasoning.
I poured the amounts into an empty shaker and kept repeating until I filled the bottle. That night I made fries in the oven and used the seasoning without telling anyone. Everyone eating the fries kept asking me why I, all-of-a-sudden, started cooking with salt again. I chuckled… and then shared my new recipe with them!
Now I use it on everything from grilled chicken to roasted veggies. I’ve even used it on fresh, popped popcorn in lieu of salt.
- 1 Tbs. black pepper
- 1 Tbs. ground red pepper
- 1 Tbs. Extra Spicy Mrs. Dash
- 2 Tbs. Garlic Powder
- 2 Tbs. Onion Powder
- Combine all ingredients and mix well.
- Yields approx. ½ cup.