What is the most important thing about eating a french fry? It must be crispy on the outside, and soft on the inside. And we all know how most restaurants and people get them that way — deep fry them in oil.  Not any more!!!

Our Yukon gold potatoes grown in our garden makes perfect crispy fries.
Our Yukon gold potatoes grown in our garden makes perfect crispy fries.

There is a much healthier way to get the same result. A few extra steps and you have restaurant quality french fries in the comfort of your own home.  The secret isn’t necessarily in the potato – I have had good results with both Yukon Gold and Russet Potatoes.  And no, I haven’t tried our Purple or Blue Organic Potatoes from the garden yet, but I am sure they would work just as well.

The secret of making sure your fries are crispy is to get rid of the excess starch.  After you cut your potatoes into strips, rinse them off and soak them in water for 30 minutes to remove that cloudy, sticky residue. Then dry them completely, season and bake. Well, actually I use a double baking method to make them extra crispy.  After they bake for 30 minutes at 400 degrees F, I remove them from the oven and crank the heat to 425 degrees and bake them for an additional 20 minutes (or until golden brown).

Just wait for them to cool down a bit and enjoy them with our homemade ketchup, or sweet heat ketchup for pure homemade goodness!

Oven Baked French Fries

Cut your potatoes in half lengthwise and then again before slicing your fries.
Cut your potatoes in half lengthwise and then again before slicing your fries.

Ingredients:
4 medium size potatoes
1-2 tablespoons of olive oil
seasonings of your choice
**our preference – garlic salt, pepper, paprika, basil mixture

It is important to slice your potatoes evenly to ensure even baking.
It is important to slice your potatoes evenly to ensure even baking.

Instructions:

1. Wash and cut your potatoes into 1/4 inch strips.  *even strips will allow for even baking

After soaking in water, drain all the water and dry well.
After soaking in water, drain all the water and dry well.

2. In a colander, rinse them with cold water and drain.

3. Add the potatoes to a medium size bowl and cover with cold water.

4. After at least 30 minutes, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Drain potatoes well and dry on paper towels.  Be sure to dry the tops of the potatoes also.

5. In a dry medium size bowl, add potatoes, oil and seasonings of your choice.

Use seasonings of your choice -both during baking and after.
Use seasonings of your choice -both during baking and after.

6. On a parchment lined baking sheet (you can also use foil that is sprayed with oil), place potatoes in a single layer without touching each other.  *The air in between will help ensure that all sides are baked evenly.

7. After 15 minutes carefully flip potatoes.

It's important to allow enough air circulation around each fry to allow them to become crispy
It’s important to allow enough air circulation around each fry to allow them to become crispy

8. Bake for another 15 minutes and remove from oven.

9. Increase oven temperature to 425 degrees and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes – or until golden brown.

10. Let cool slightly before eating – the inside will be extremely hot!

 Enjoy!

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Mary and Jim




Oven Baked French Fries
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Ingredients
  1. 4 medium size potatoes
  2. 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil
  3. seasonings of your choice
  4. **our preference - garlic salt, pepper, paprika, basil mixture
Instructions
  1. Wash and cut your potatoes into 1/4 inch strips. *even strips will allow for even baking
  2. In a colander, rinse them with cold water and drain.
  3. Add the potatoes to a medium size bowl and cover with cold water.
  4. After at least 30 minutes, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Drain potatoes well and dry on paper towels. Be sure to dry the tops of the potatoes also.
  5. In a dry medium size bowl, add potatoes, oil and seasonings of your choice.
  6. On a parchment lined baking sheet (you can also use foil that is sprayed with oil), place potatoes in a single layer without touching each other. *The air in between will help ensure that all sides are baked evenly.
  7. After 15 minutes carefully flip potatoes.
  8. Bake for another 15 minutes and remove from oven.
  9. Increase oven temperature to 425 degrees and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes - or until golden brown.
  10. Let cool slightly before eating - the inside will be extremely hot!
Notes
  1. Recipe courtesy of Old World Garden Farms
Old World Garden Farms http://oldworldgardenfarms.com/

 

7 thoughts on “Oven Baked French Fries – The Secret to Making Delicious Crisp Fries!

  • September 6, 2016 at 7:57 am
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    You have hit on a secret that chefs use, they always double fry their french fries.

  • November 2, 2014 at 4:44 pm
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    OK who would have thought to soak them. Years ago my MIL said to make sure and rinse them to remove the starch.

  • October 26, 2014 at 1:42 am
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    What a great tip – soaking the fries for 30 minutes in water – love it! Thanks so much! Just found your site and will be poking around it some more 🙂

  • October 24, 2014 at 11:11 pm
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    Thanks for this, dying to try it.

  • October 24, 2014 at 1:05 pm
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    Thanks, looks like this will be a apart of our dinner tonight!

  • October 24, 2014 at 9:25 am
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    Delicious!

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