May 24, 2010 by Flora Dawn
Take the humble potato and peel it, slice it, fry it and season it and you have the American fast food favorite- the French Fry.
I love fries, but not the kind that come frozen at the grocery store. I mean the fresh from the oven type. They need to be browned, crispy, and well-seasoned on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside. I am getting hungry just thinking about them.
Oven fries are a fabulous treat to make at home. They are super inexpensive and naturally gluten free!
Okay, so they aren’t exactly healthy, but the oven variety are better for you than the traditionally fried kind I am sure. And they are a treat. We can’t live on rice alone 🙂
I have a neat little french fry cutter that my mom gave me, but for years I just cut off one side of the potato, so it will rest flat against the cutting board without rolling, and then cut the potato into even slices then into strips. You don’t really need a special gadget to make fries at home.
Do use a heavy duty rimmed baking sheet, sometimes called a jelly-roll or rimmed cookie sheet, for this recipe because the high heat can cause lightweight pans to warp. If you have convection setting on your oven do use it, it makes the fries cook faster and really gives them a crisp, browned exterior.
I actually think french fries are a great way to get your older kids or teens to help in the kitchen. What kid doesn’t love french fries? And it teaches them some knife skills and might even inspire them to be creative in the kitchen; my daughter made us chili cheese fries once.
Speaking of being creative, you could use almost any herb or seasoning here. Don’t feel like you just have to use salt and pepper; onion, garlic, paprika and so many others all taste good here.
Although I have used olive oil and butter to make oven fries, I really think that canola or vegetable oil is the best choice as it doesn’t overwhelm the flavor of the potatoes.
- 5-6 medium potatoes, peeled and and cut into 10-12 evenly sized wedges
- 2 Tb vegetable or canola oil
- seasoning salt (I use McCormicks) or salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- Heat oven to 400 or 375 on convection (you actually can cook these at a higher or lower temperature, but you’ll have to adjust the cooking time accordingly).
- Place the potatoes on a rimmed baking sheet and sprinkle with oil. Using a wooden spoon or spatula, move the potatoes around to evenly coat with the oil. Generously season with salt and pepper.
- Bake in oven about 30 minutes, or until browned and soft when pierced with a knife. You can turn the fries if you want once during baking, but I find this usually just breaks them.
- With a spatula, loosen fries from pan and enjoy!