Friday, March 2, 2012

Oven Baked French Fries

Thank goodness it’s Friday!  Thank goodness it’s Fry-day!

The other day I was practicing spelling words with my older son, Travis.  The word was “not” and he spelled it “k-n-o-t.”  Correct but why would he take the hard way around?  I will admit that making these French fries is harder than throwing some Ore Idas on a baking sheet or going through the drive-thru, however I think you’ll be pleased with the fresh results.  This recipe was even endorsed by my younger son during an interview for his school’s Pre-K-K email newsletter: “Andrew’s favorite food is potatoes especially the ‘French fried potatoes my mom makes.’ ” 

Oven Baked French Fries
In his book, Food Rules, Michael Pollan wrote rule #39: “Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself.”  So grab your new bottle of olive oil and box of Kosher salt and get cookin’ – it’s Fry-day after all!

  1. 2 medium russet potatoes, washed and scrubbed
  2. 1 T olive oil (or more to cover)
  3. ¼ t salt, or more to taste
  4. ¼ t garlic powder, optional
Preheat oven to 450.

Slice the potatoes lengthwise into 12 wedges each (if too long, cut the length in half).  Toss the potatoes in a medium bowl with olive oil.  Spray your baking sheet with a non-stick spray like Pam.  Spread potatoes onto the baking sheet in a single layer.  Roast for 20-25 minutes turning at least once (I flip them more often because I like the brown crisp on all sides) or  until lightly browned and crispy on the outside.  Sprinkle with salt (and garlic powder if you choose).


Stacey said...

One tip I read when making chicken nuggets that I use for making french fries is this...I put a cookie cooling rack on top of a baking sheet and place the fries on top of the baking sheet. It makes it really easy to turn over and in my case when I am too busy to remember to turn them over, they still cook really well.

Anonymous said...

So, Mrs Mann, can these really be called "French Fries"? While these are, technically, cooked in oil, they are not dunked into boiling oil.

When you get this figured out, please advise on whether it is correct to refer a potato cooked in a microwave as a "baked potato."

Thank you.

The Baker's Mann said...

Correct - Webster defines French fries as "strips of potatoes fried in deep fat." Should I change the title of this post to mimic the embedded image of "Oven Baked French Fries" to more accurately reflect the cooking method which conflicts with the true definition? I do not wish to lead my readers astray!