Friday, April 15, 2011

Potatoes served in the French manner

Burgers and fries make a pretty great meal. Probably one of the best in my opinion. Unfortunately, we don't make them at home very much. While burgers are fairly easy, I find French fries particularly difficult to perfect in the oven. We could purchase a deep fryer, but that is a very dangerous, slippery slope for our collective health. 

In search of the perfect technique, I found out the easiest trick to getting a crispy oven fry is simply giving them a good soaking in water. Soaking potatoes in water releases some of the heavy starch, which can weight potatoes down and make them soggy. These oven fries came out pretty perfect. Not as great as the fries you'll get at your local diner, but maybe a wee bit healthier.

Crispy, Baked French Fries
  • 4 Idaho potatoes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Peel and rinse your potatoes.

Slice potatoes length wise, then again into long thin strips about a quarter of an inch thick.

Soak potatoes in water for five minutes. This will rinse away some of the starch, leaving you with a crispier French fry in the end.

Place potato strips in a large mixing bowl. Using tongs, toss potato strips with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Transfer potato strips to a cookie sheet lined with parchment or a baking mat and spread to a single layer. Bake French fries for 20 minutes.

Remove from oven and toss French fries so they can get crispy on all sides. Turn the oven to up to 450 degrees and bake for another 10-15 minutes, until golden brown on all sides.

Sprinkle with salt to taste and serve!

1 comment:

  1. I chose to balance out the healthiness of un-fried fries with a light dusting of fried egg and bacon.