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Baked Fresh Chili Fries with Ranch Dipper

Serves 4

Originally aired

  • 1 1/2 pounds jalapeos and poblano peppers
  • 1 cup flour, divided
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons mustard, whatever variety you like
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • For the Ranch dipper:
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, grated or pasted
  • 1 teaspoon of hot sauce
  • 3 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoon fresh chives, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • Makes 1 1/2 cups

Preheat oven to 400F. Set up 3 plates on the counter; in one spread the flour, in the second beat the eggs with the mustard and about 2 tablespoons of flour, in the third combine the breadcrumbs, cheese and some salt and pepper.

Coat the peppers in the flour, then in egg and finally in the breadcrumbs, pressing to make sure coating sticks. Roast peppers in the oven, turning halfway through baking until golden brown and crispy, about 18 minutes.

Serve immediately.

For the Ranch dipper: In a medium-size bowl, mix together the buttermilk, sour cream, white wine vinegar, garlic, hot sauce, parsley, dill and chives. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.