Burgers and Fries

You can skip the drive through. I'm going to let you know how to make a healthy version of that fast food meal.

First, preheat your oven and a baking sheet to about 425 F. Next, warm a skillet on a medium heat burner, Then, you want to take some lean organic ground beef, chicken or turkey. Roll up and flatten to any size patty you like. Go thin with your burger patties because they thicken in the cooking process. Set your meat aside.

For the french fries, I like to get what they call "baking potatoes" because I hate peeling vegetables. It's a labor of love for me. So I try to get more potato and less skin. If you like skin on your potatoes, leave the skin on. Just wash it well with a brush or with a cleaning rag... rag is that Pittsburgh term?  Cleaning cloth? Should I say cleaning cloth? I feel like rag is a Pittsburgh word. Either way, use clean potatoes, please. Chop those potatoes in any shape that you like. Wedges, super thin fast-food style, anything you choose. Just be aware that your cooking time will fluctuate. I find that the fries bake for about 25 minutes, but if you go thicker you might want to bake them longer. Keep a close eye on thinner cut fries.

Put your potatoes into a big bowl and toss them with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper. Place them on your preheated sheet in a single layer.

*If your baking sheet is cold your potatoes will stick like glue.* Now into the oven. You can flip them halfway through for even browning, but I normally don't. I put them in there and leave them alone. Once they are golden brown use a pancake flipper- technical term- to remove your fries and place them on paper towels. If you leave them on the sheet they'll get soggy.

Season both sides of your burger patties with salt and pepper- if you want to go crazy with more seasoning, be my guest, but go easy if this is your first time. Depending on size and weight, your burgers will cook on your preheated skillet or grill pan for about five minutes on each side. Add your cheese (if desired) halfway through cooking on the second side. Your cheese must be melted. I love American cheese on my burger. You can use cheddar, mozzarella, swiss, whatever you like. Top your burger with lettuce, tomato, pickles... you decide.