The happiest french fries around! This baked 3-ingredient recipe for Potato Smiley Face Fries is gluten-free, paleo, vegan, top 8 allergy-free, and requires no oil! Nostalgic for adults, fun & creative for kids and picky eaters; a delicious healthy side dish the whole family can enjoy!
If you didn’t grow up eating your fair share of some potato smiley face fries, I’m sorry to break it to you but, you lived a childhood of deprivation. Here at Strength and Sunshine we love our potatoes in all shapes, sizes, and colors! Traditionally, such a humble food, but one with endless possibilities. The Irish were on to something when they based their livelihood off the humble potato!
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’ve never met a child who didn’t like french fries, nor have I met a child who didn’t like friendly faces on their food! Tater tots are a fun one too, but there is something about a classic fry that always wins them over. When fries are baked, oil-free, and purely potato, that’s something mom can get behind too, eh? Plus, you know what they say, “A potato a day….”
These potato smiley face fries are only 3 ingredients (plus water and optional seasonings!). At first glance, they may seem labor intensive, but let me tell you, they are easy peasy! Perfectly gluten-free, paleo, grain-free, vegan, allergy-free, easy on the tummy…much more food allergy friendly than the brand name (that soy oil)! Essentially, plain mashed potatoes circles (with faces) and baked to perfection!
The smiley face fries were a staple at home when I was growing up. And any time they were served at a restaurant (I think schools even had them on school lunch menus), the smiles weren’t only on the potato faces! There was something “different” about the taste of these happy potato fries too. Crisp on the outside, soft on the inside (I remember biting off a section and then squeezing the mashed potato out of the opening!). There was a distinct taste to them though; nothing a typical fry ever had.
With that “eating style” being said, you know we couldn’t forget some major ketchup dipping! A plate of potato smiley face fries and a pool of ketchup (don’t worry, these were eaten with WAY more ketchup post-shoot), is simply a child (or child at hearts) side dish paradise! Once you take a bite though, with the ketchup, it can look a tad violent. Bloody smiley faces? Ooops…
I had/have a bite shot photo, but didn’t include the violence (this post is already too photo heavy!). Alas, we’ll keep our smiley faces PG here! So how do you make these happy potato faces? Y’all just need some potato flakes, commercial egg-replacer, and a touch of potato starch! Mix it up with hot water, throw in some spices if you’d like, roll out the dough, cut circles (I used the rim of a small glass!), make those smiling faces, and bake!
3-Ingredient Potato Smiley Face Fries
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the potato flakes, starch, egg replacer, optional spices, and stir.
- The pour in the hot water and mix well to combine and form a stiff potato dough.
- Roll the dough out on a flat surface between two Silpats or parchment paper dusted with which ever starch you used, and roll to about ¼ inch thickness.
- Use the rim of a small drinking glass to cut out about 18 circles (you'll need to re-roll the dough as needed).
- For each potato face, use the rim of a spoon to make the smile and the tip of a straw to make the eyes.
- Bake the prepared smiley face fries in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, flip, and bake another 10 minutes.
- Remove and serve or freeze them to be reheated in a toaster oven (they freeze and reheat well!)
I know! Childhood reimagined! I already know what you’ll be making tonight! I’ve made these multiple times and am prone to be batches so I can freeze them and serve as needed. So it’s basically like how you’d buy them at the store (frozen) and then heat in the oven to serve! So now when the kiddos ask for fries, you know you can serve up something HAPPY and healthy 😉 Or, you know…just make them for yourself like I do…no shame in eating foods with happy faces!
So tell me:
+ What’s your favorite fry shape? I love the smiles, but waffle fries will all reign #1 in french fry world.
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