If crispy oven fries do not make their way into your life nearly enough, here’s a delicious reminder to change that immediately.
Homemade French Fries
Baked French fries are an easy side dish for everything thing from weeknight burgers, date-night steak dinners, or even as a snack for dipping into your favorite sauce.
I don’t mind deep frying food at home despite its reputation as a messy and stinky kitchen activity. However, I have found oven-roasted French fries baked slowly (as opposed to the fast heat of frying) actually are creamier.
Trust me, a basket piled high with these hand-cut, freshly baked fries are going to have you week in the knees.
Where Can I Find Garlic Olive Oil?
Garlic infused olive oil can be found along with the regular olive oil at your local grocery store. You can also make your own by soaking garlic cloves or minced garlic in olive oil for a few hours.
Can I Use Regular Olive Oil?
The garlic olive oil gives the fries lots of extra flavor, but using regular olive oil, avocado oil, or another cooking oil is fine, it just won’t have the flavor.
Peel the Potatoes or Leave the Skin On?
I prefer to leave them on, but it’s up to you.
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What Is the Best Way to Cut Potatoes Into Fries?
The easiest way is to use a fry cutter or mandolin with a fry attachment. You can also cut them by hand, cutting potatoes in half lengthwise, then cutting slices roughly the same thickness and finally cutting into fry shapes.
Can These Be Made Into Curly Fries or Shoestring Potatoes?
Yes. Curly fries can be made following the recipe as written.
For shoestring fries you will need to significantly reduce the cooking time. Bake for 10 minutes at 350° F and start checking them every 5 minutes when you increase the oven temp to 450°. Keep baking until the fries turn golden brown and are tender. Watch them carefully so they don’t burn.
Can I Skip Soaking the Fries?
Soaking the fries removes the starch from the potatoes, which helps result in a crispier fry. You can skip soaking them in a pinch, but keep in mind that your fries will end up softer. Do not skip this step if you don’t have to.
How Do I Dry My Fries?
It’s important to dry your French fries as much as possible after rinsing. Excess moisture causes the fries to steam rather than bake and results in soggy fries. I like to spread the fries out on a tea towel or several layers of paper towels and top with another towel. Gently press on the fries to help the towel soak up the water. It’s easiest to do this in a few batches so the fries become as dry as possible.
Can I Leave Out the Parmesan Cheese for a Non-Dairy Version?
Yes. The Parmesan gives the fries a little extra flavor, but it’s completely fine to leave out if you’re avoiding dairy.
In the unlikely event you find yourselves with leftover French fries, store them in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to four days.
How Do I Reheat Oven Fries?
To reheat oven baked fries, line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Bake the fries at 450° F for 5-10 minutes. Keep an eye on them so they don’t burn.
Can Homemade French Fries Be Frozen?
Yes. After baking allow the fries to cool completely. Freeze them in a single layer on a baking sheet. When completely frozen (an hour or two) remove them to a freezer safe container.
Store in the freezer up to 6 months. Reheat by adding frozen fries to a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil or parchment paper and bake at 450° F for 10-15 minutes or until warmed through.
What To Serve With Homemade French Fries
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Baked French Fries (Oven Crisp!)
- 4 large Russet or Yukon Gold potatoes (about 2.5 pounds)
- 1/4 cup garlic flavored olive oil
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/4 tsp dill weed
- 1 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
- fresh parsley for garnish (optional)
- Cut potatoes into fries and add to a large bowl of water. Allow to soak for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 375° F and line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Drain potatoes and rinse them well under cold water. Dry thoroughly on paper towels. (Toss any extra small or thin fries as they will burn during cooking.)
- Add potatoes to a large mixing bowl and toss thoroughly with garlic olive oil.
- In a small mixing bowl combine salt, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, paprika and dill weed. Add to the fries and toss to coat.
- Place French fries in a single layer on prepared baking sheets and bake for 20 minutes.
- Stir fries well, rotate the baking sheets, and increase oven temperature to 450° F. Bake for another 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
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