The question has plagued man since the dawn of time. Or the dawn of time when fat was brought to a boil and potato slices fell in.
How do I make french fries that are crispy and tasty without adding all the unhealthy fat from frying them and creating a huge mess of grease all over the kitchen?
Obviously the answer was to bake them. Of course that created soggy or burnt chunks of potato. Or they may have been roasted right, but their fried counterparts just tasted better.
Well have no fear for here is the solution.
Oven Baked French Fries
- 2 lbs russet potatoes
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- Sea salt
- Black Pepper
- Old Bay
Peel potatoes and cut into thin wedges. The size of your fries will affect the time it takes to cook. Place in a large bowl and soak in cold water for 30 minutes changing the water twice. Preheat oven to 475 degrees. On a large baking sheet spread out three tablespoons olive oil. Sprinkle salt, pepper and old bay evenly over the sheet to your liking. Don’t add too much salt because the Old Bay has salt in it as well. Drain potatoes and dry with a towel. Toss wedges with remaining oil and arrange on baking dish in one even layer. Cover tightly with foil. Place in oven and cook for five minutes then remove foil. Continue to bake until bottoms begin to turn golden brown, 12-15 minutes. Remove from oven and flip all slices over. Place back in oven and roast until crispy and done, 5-15 minutes more. Serve hot with whatever you like to dip French fries in.