These oven fries are delicious! If you are wanting the crispy outside fry with a fluffy center these are it. These taste like they are deep fried but you don’t have all those extra calories and fat.
I have been making this recipe for a long time now. I have tried several fry recipes before but this is the only one that I have used again and again. It is a simple recipe, but it does take time and a hot oven. I always end up serving these with some type of sandwhich whether a hamburger on the grill or a painni. I often find myself planning my menu to include a sandwhich day just so we can have these fries ( That way my children can have some fun food and my husband and I can have a healthier version of a fry when we want). I know white potatoes have a bad rep, but on the occasion that you want some regular fries you can make these at home without all the guilt.
There are two things that make these the best oven fries. First, soaking them in water. This gets all of the starch out of the potatoes so they cook better. Also, baking them on parchment paper. Your fries will get crispy and not stick to the pan. This parchment paper trick sure does help tremendously and you will be amazed. I have had alot of times of baking my fries and them sticking to the pan but not anymore! I am telling you that these two things will make a world of difference in the way your fries will turn out! Uou won’t go back to any other way.
I believe that if you try this recipe you will find yourself planning these oven fries more often than not! My picture does not do the taste justice you will have to try them for yourself!
2 1/2 pound russet potato
5 tablespoons oil
Salt and pepper
1. Preheat oven to 475 and put a the rack on the lpwest position. Peel and cut potatoes. Cut the potatoes in half length wise and in half again and make them into the shape of fries ( alot of times I cut off the ends so they will be even ). Pit the cut potatoes in a large bowl and cover with hot tap water. Let them soak for at least 10 minutes and up to 30 minutes.
2. Drain the potatoes and dry them with some paper towels. Wipe out the big bowl and put one tablespoon of oil in it with 3/4 teaspoon and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Toss the potatoes to coat evenly.
3. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and put the remaining 4 tablespoons of oil on top. Swirl around to coat the pan. Lay the potaoes in the pan and make sure they are flat and not overlapping. Put aluminum foil on top to cover.
4. Bake for 5 minutes and remove the foil from the fries. Bake for 10 minutes and then rotate the pan and bake an additional 5 to 10 minutes until the bottom of the fries are spotty golden brown.
5. Take the fries out of the oven and flip them carefully. Place back in the oven and bake for 5 to 15 minutes until crisp. You may have to rotate the pan again if they are cooking unevenly.
6. Once the fries are cooked lay them on a paper towel to soak up some more of the oil. Season them with more salt and pepper and serve while they are hot.