Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Oven Fries

Every once in a while I have a craving for French Fries. Since I very seldom go out, this means making them myself. My sister shared this recipe with me that she got from America's Test Kitchen. It is so good, yet not fried, which makes me happy. Yes, it uses some oil, but at least the fries are not immersed in it!

So, if you have a hankering for French Fries and want them to be healthier and want to actually make them yourself, try this out!

Oven Fries
adapted from America's Test Kitchen

Start to finish about 1 hour
serves about 4

3 large russet potatoes
4 Tbsp. vegetable oil
Salt and Pepper

Put the oven rack on the lowest rack and preheat the oven to 475 degrees.

Peel and cut the potatoes in even lengths. Put potatoes in a bowl and cover with hot tap water. Soak for 10 minutes.

Pout 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil in a rimmed baking sheet and spread around to coat the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle evenly with 3/4 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Drain the potatoes, spread on paper towels, pat dry.

Toss the dried potatoes with 1 Tbsp. oil and arrange all potatoes in a single layer on oiled baking sheet.

Cover tightly with foil and bake 5 minutes. Take foil off and bake 10-20 minutes or until the side touching the pan is crispy. (You should check after 10 minutes to see how it is going. It all depends on the size of your fries and your oven.)

Turn all the fries over (trying not to destroy them- I inevitably rip some apart)
Turn the pan and put them back in the oven for 10-15 more minutes until crispy and golden on both sides.

Take out and put on paper towel or clean paper grocery sack. Add more salt and pepper to taste.


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