It seems easy enough, right? But the truth is, if you've ever had a crappy french fry (and, let's face it, we all have), then you know that the one that is oh-so-right can truly rock your potato world. It's time to do just that (i.e. get your world a-rockin'). We have a wonderful method for baking french fries that is simple and pure, making these potato guys a healthier option when matched against some of the not-so-healthy ones that are out there. Soaking the fries in water before baking removes excess starch and allows them to have this unreal, crispy nature that leaves them soft on the inside and toasted on the outside. (No mushy french fries here.) They're just to-die-for.
Here's how to get 'em baked to perfection ...
Crispy, Baked French Fries (3 to 4 servings)
- 3 large baking potatoes (like Idaho potatoes)
- olive oil, drizzled
- salt and pepper, as desired
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Slice potatoes into strips (about 1/3-inch wide and thick) and place in strainer; thoroughly rinse and then put potatoes in a medium bowl. Cover potatoes with water and let sit for 25 - 30 minutes. Drain water from potatoes and pat dry with paper towels. Place potato strips on a baking sheet and drizzle them with olive oil. Toss with hands, sprinkling salt and pepper on top, as desired. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until golden brown, tossing occasionally with a spatula throughout bake time. (NOTE: If you go to toss them with a spatula and they don't budge easily, wait a bit before trying again. This helps to avoid broken fries!)
Soak potato strips.
Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss.
Bake for 35-40 minutes at 425 degrees = french fry perfection.
Try not to eat before they make it to your plate. (Oops!)
Last step: Enjoy every ... last ... bite.
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