Seasoned Fries Made with USPB Frozen French Fries Recipe (Sandwicheese! Inspired)

June 15, 2015

While I was waiting for my family at Katipunan I noticed  a familiar looking restaurant with a different name. It has this Banapple restaurant vibe but it screams the name Sandwicheese!
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Since my family is still at my little sister’s graduation at Ateneo Medical School, I decided to take a quick snack at Sandwicheese!

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Grandma's Corn Chowder (80 php)
While I was there, I tried their Banapple Potato Salad, Grandma's Corn ChowderSeasoned Fries, and Pretty Green Slime.  All were good.  But, it was the Seasoned Fries that got me hooked that I wanted to have as much of it as I can.
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Seasoned Fries (60 php)
Everyone in the family loves fries.  Unfortunately, for them, there were only a few pieces were left of the Seasoned Fries when they arrived.  I just couldn't help but pick one piece after another.  

If you prefer it a little less extravagant, the Classic Skin-On Fries would be a great choice too.  I overheard the mother beside me who ordered the Classic Skin-On Fries saying that she loves eating fries at Sandwicheese! because the potatoes they use are non-GMO.
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Seasoned Fries (60 php)
The mother's comment piqued my curiosity as to what kind of fries and seasoning is using so I asked their friendly staff.  I was advised that for most of their potato dishes in their menu, like the Seasoned Fries that I had, what they use are USPB frozen potatoes.

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During my grocery time at the SM Manila's Supermarket.

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I looked around to find out where I can buy the products. Apparently, you can buy US frozen potatoes in bulk, packaged retail, or takal – takal (loose servins).

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 To be safe, I decided to go for the packed ones for easy storage and hygiene.

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I got a bit carried away. (The free green peas worked ;p) But, it's healthy anyway.  Did you know that US Potatoes are recommended by the leading nutrition experts like Harvard Medical School's Dr. George L. Blackburn and Registered Dietritian Ann M. Coulston, past president of the American Dietetic Association, to be part of a healthy balanced diet?  One whole russet potato has only 110 calories, no fat, excellent source of potassium, high in fiber and rich in vitamin C. 

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Just to be sure, I bought a brand that has the United States Potato Board (USPB) Logo on the package.

About USPB
The United States Potato Board (USPB) is the promotion and marketing organization for the US potato industry.  The USPB is supported and directed solely by the 4,000 commercial potato growers operating in the United States.  They are currently in active partnership with the Philippine food industry.  And, are now making it an awareness that Filipino consumers can easily purchase US frozen potatoes in leading supermarkets.

USPB Potatoes Available in the Market

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Where Can You Buy USPB Potatoes
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Seasoned Fries Recipe
The family has been enjoying my home-made seasoned fries.  I'll share my recipe so you (and even your kids) can easily make one too.

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Ingredients
300 g USPB Frozen French Fries
1 Tbsp of Parley Flakes
1 Tbsp of Barbecue Powder
1 Cup of Canola Oil (any oil will do)

Kitchen Equipement and Tools
1 Deep Frying Pan
1 Frying Basket
1 Bowl (for straining and pouring the seasoning)

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Since I couldn't find Parsley Flakes in the supermarket, I decided to make my own. 

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Step 1:  Heat the Canola Oil in the deep frying pan with medium-heat.  The amount should be enough for you to dip the frying basket.

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Step 2:  Bring oil temperature up to 375 degrees F.  You can see the oil bubble up as an indication if you don't have any way to measure the temperature.

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Step 3: While waiting for the oil to be ready, detach the ice pieces from the frozen fries and place them into the frying basket.  Note that being hard frozen is essential for the perfect crisp.

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Step 4: When the oil is ready, submerge the frying basket along with the Frozen French Fries for 5-6 minutes or until golden brown.

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Step 5: Gently strain it so hot oil won't drip off the frying basket.

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Step 6: Season the golden brown french fries with the barbecue powder and parsley flakes.

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Here it is the Seasoned Fries.  You can now have them as often as you want.  I made this within minutes just in time for our family movie night.  This is tasty enough for me.  But, if you want to have it with the Garlic Cream Cheese, just puree 1 clove of garlic and blend with the Cream Cheese and refrigerate for 30 minutes.


Tsinoy Foodies Recipe Rating
Recipe Difficulty Level

Estimated Preparation Time
3 minutes

Estimated Cooking Time
8 minutes per batch

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