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Parmesan Cilantro French Fries {Recipe}

When spring rolled around, I promised myself I was going to work on my gardening skills a bit more. Last year, I planted some tomatoes and pumpkin seeds and plants hoping to have a little garden. Unfortunately, nature had other plans. The little groundhog that lives under my shed ate most of my plants and the ones that he didn’t eat, didn’t survive anyway. With so much going on last year, I didn’t have the time to commit to a garden. This year I wanted to change that. It all started with the fabulous containers I found at Walmart for only $11. If you follow me on Instagram, you may remember how excited I was when I found them.

Since we were giving our deck a complete over haul, I knew they would look perfect on the new deck filled with some yummy herbs and whatever else I decided to grow. I’m pleased to announce that not only are they still alive but they are growing and look gorgeous.

They have nearly tripled in size so that leaves me with lots of fresh herbs to use in my recipes. My pretty cilantro plant is what inspired this recipe. That and my obsession with freshly grated parmesan cheese. I’m a little upset with myself for using that canned stuff all these years. Fresh parmesan cheese is divine.

The other night hubby was cooking on the grill so I decided to make these fries to go along with out dinner. It only took a few extra minutes of prep work to make the marinade and then we cooked them as usual.


  • 1 bag of organic french fries (I used shoestring)
  • handful of fresh cilantro (about 3 tablespoons chopped)
  • 4 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
Preheat over according to package directions. Line french fries on a cookie sheet in a single layer.
Finely chop cilantro. In a small bowl combine olive oil, fresh cilantro and 1/2 the parmesan cheese. Save the remainder of the cheese to sprinkle on the fries when they are done cooking.
Using a pastry brush, brush the french fries with the olive oil mixture until they are all covered and oil is gone. Bake according to package directions. Once done, remove from oven and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
Serve immediately,
They we delicious and even my picky ten year old loved them.
If you’re growing fresh herbs like I am or have some cilantro left over from another recipe, try this easy one. You won’t be disappointed!
Pin the recipe now and save it for when you’re ready to make these. Then make sure you come back and tell me what you thought!


Wednesday 1st of July 2015

Dawn, These fries look amazing!! Pinned to my Recipe board! I can't wait to make these!