French Fries – My Way
Okay, I’ll admit it…..I LOVE FRENCH FRIES!
Everyone has their vices. For some of you it’s coffee or wine. For many it’s chocolate! But for me, it’s fries all the way baby! Crispy, steamy, salty. I love it all. Yes, I know they are not healthy, deep fried in all that beastly saturated fat. I still crave them, dream about them and… indulge once in a while. Yep! I do.
That said, I’ve been patiently and repeatedly trying to recreate a healthier version at home. One that equals the deep fried variety I love so much. Try as I may, I just wasn’t successful at recreating that perfect crispness on the exterior and steamy fluffyness on the interior.
And the best thing? It’s easy!!
Oven Baked French Fries:
Serves 4 (or two french fry lovers)
- 3 large baking potatoes, washed
- 2 tbsp peanut oil
- Sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cut washed potatoes in half lengthwise. Then cut each half into 6 – 8 more pieces. Lovingly and carefully hand dry each piece with a clean tea towel. I know – but trust me, THIS is the important part. What can I say, I love em and it’s worth the effort! Toss dried potatoes on cookie sheet with peanut oil. Ensure the potatoes are not touching each other and there is a lot of room so they get crispy and don’t steam. Place in oven and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven, shake to release. Try one with a spatula, if it doesn’t come up easy, put back in oven for a few minutes and try again. When they are ready, flip each piece. Back into oven for another 5-10 minutes. Watch carefully as you don’t want to over cook them. Once finished, remove from oven and immediatly sprinkle with sea salt and pepper.
You can thank me later. Get out your favorite topping – ketchup, mayo, vinegar, etc. I like mine as is with an extra bit of sea salt.
Come on… dare ya to try them!