What, french fries? Yes, french fries! Basic, easy and good. You’ll want to make these. It’s easy to associate fries with having to be fried, but these Crispy Oven Fries are perfect every time. Take a look!
Everyone loves fries, right? Well, if not, why not?
Well, I love them. Admittedly, I don’t have them often, but I sure can eat them when I do indulge. And, honestly, what better way than with this baked not fried version. And I can’t tell you how great they go with the Chicken Cutlet Sandwiches with Roasted Italian Peppers.
What do we need to make Crispy Oven Fries
Just three simple ingredients. Now listen carefully…..
You need to find potatoes are largish and considered good for frying or baking potatoes. Sometimes these could be called russet potatoes. If you’re not sure, ask in your grocery store. Do not, and I repeat do NOT use baby potatoes, new potatoes or fingerling potatoes. All of these potatoes have a high water content and you will not get crispy fries.
I recommend a vegetable oil like sunflower. I find it works really well for getting a good flavour to the fries.
You can use any salt you like, but salt really is a must.
Like I said, they are a treat after all!
Peel or keep the skin on
You can choose to peel the potatoes or keep the skin on. Your choice. If you keep the skin on, give them a good wash and scrub.
Cutting the potatoes
You will see in the photo below that I use a cutter. This isn’t necessary, it just makes life easy. If you are hand cutting them, just cut the potato into 1 inch thick slices. Then cut those slices into long fries. Make sense?
You are targeting something like this! Again, these come out perfect because of my cutter, but you can just as easily hand cut your fries.
Soak the fries
This is a must! I soak them for about 30 minutes. Honestly, some people say do it for hours or even overnight but you really don’t need to. I rarely soak them for longer than 30 minutes. You might ask, why are we soaking them? It helps them reach the ultimate crispness!
Next up, drain the fries
Like all the previous steps, this is equally as important. I put them in a colander and give them a really good shake over the sink. I usually do this a few times. After you drain off the excess water, lay them out on a large clean tea towel. You may need two tea towels. Roll them around and get them really dry. Once you are happy with how dry they are, coat them in the salt.
Arrange the fries on two baking trays if necessary. For this batch of 6 large potatoes, I needed two trays. Evenly spread them out and then drizzle over the oil. Give them a toss on the pan to coat with oil evenly.
Cook those fries and get them crispy
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. If using two trays, you’ll need to cook on two racks in the oven. Try to place the racks in the lower two thirds of the oven. Cook them for around 25 minutes. Remove from oven and give the pans a really good shake and loosen them if they are stuck to the bottom. Return the trays to the oven and cook for a further 20 – 25 minutes or until they are perfectly crisp.
All fries are best served straight away. Enjoy!
See full recipe at bottom
Enjoy The Crispy Oven Fries
And that’s it folks. The prefect Crispy Oven Fries.
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When my husband is explaining something technical to me (I’m not technically minded), I always say, “Explain it to me like I’m five.”. I kid you not. It works.
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Thanks for checking in today and don’t forget to come back on Friday for something really special. It’s a recipe you won’t want to miss. Promise.
And if you’re looking for something to serve with these fries, you need to check out The Best Chicken Sandwiches, Pan Fried Hake or the Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs.
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Crispy Oven Fries
- 6 potatoes large
- 1/4 Cup vegetable oil
- 2 Teaspoons salt
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Have ready two large baking trays.
- Wash and scrub the potatoes. If using a french fry cutter, place the potato in and push it through to get perfect fries. If cutting manually with a knife, cut the potato into 1 inch slices. Then cut then into strips about 1/2 inch thickness. Repeat for all potatoes.
- Place the potatoes in a large bowl of cold water and let sit for about 30 minutes. Wash and rinse. Drain in a colander. Then dry in a clean tea towel. Toss in the salt.
- Evenly distribute the fries on two of the trays. It’s important they don’t overlap. Drizzle over the vegetable oil and toss to coat.
- Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes. Remove trays and give the pans a good shake and loosen them from the pan if they are stuck. Return to oven for a further 20 – 25 minutes or until perfectly crisp.
- Serve immediately.
*A note on times provided: appliances vary, any prep and/or cook times provided are estimates only.