These aren’t just good-for-homemade oven fries. These are my favorite fries in all the land. They’re crispy and salty, thick but not stodgy…and you don’t have to peel the potatoes (which saves time and obviously pushes us to the right on the junk food<—–>health food continuum).
It’s one of those recipes that has a few extra steps, which can be annoying, BUT they’re spread out in 10-minute increments, so you have time to prep and cook the other parts of your meal. (If fries are your whole meal, that’s cool, too.)
I usually figure 3 good-sized potatoes will fit on my pan (today I had a bunch of little potatoes…about 1.5 lbs total). Slice them in half longways, and then slice each half into 5-6 pieces.
The potato slices soak in cold water for 10 minutes (this helps to remove some of the starch so your fries get really crisp). While they’re soaking, prep a sheet pan with some vegetable oil, kosher salt, and pepper. Pat the potatoes dry with a towel and arrange them evenly on the pan. If you crowd them, they steam a little and don’t get as brown, so it’s worth it to give them a little room! Then they get a little drizzle of oil on the top and more salt and pepper.
The other trick is that the fries bake covered with foil for 10 minutes, then with the foil off for 10, and then you flip them and bake for the final 10 minutes on the other side. So they’re a little high maintenance, but at least you don’t have to keep looking at the recipe since you know it’s 10 minutes every time, and you can be making sauce for grilled chicken, or mushing together your maple turkey burger patties, or shredding your crockpot bbq beef…oven fries go with anything!
We super love these oven fries…they disappear fast at our house. Before you get a chance to finish taking pictures, in some cases.