This weekend, I tried making oven baked fries for the first time. I love fries and normally the oven baked ones just don’t do it for me compared to the crunchier deep fried ones. But after some research, I came across a Cooks Illustrated recipe posted on Annie’s Eats that looked really promising.
The fries definitely come out much more crunchy compared to other other baked fries I’ve eaten because there is oil on the pan that cooks the potato and crisps it much like the effect of frying the potatoes.
These were pretty tasty. I wouldn’t say the are the best ever oven baked fries. I think I would fiddle with the recipe a little and add some garlic and maybe use some olive oil to add to the flavor.
Oven Baked Fries
3 russet potatoes peeled and cut into wedges
5 tbsp. vegetable oil
¾ tsp. kosher salt, plus more to taste
¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
Preheat the oven to 475F. Place the potato wedges in a large mixing bowl. Cover with hot water; soak for 10-30 minutes. Put 4 tablespoons of the oil onto a heavy, rimmed baking sheet. Tilt the sheet side to side to evenly coat the pan with oil (a pastry brush can also help with this). Sprinkle the pan evenly with the salt and pepper. Set aside.
Drain the potatoes. Spread the wedges out on layers of paper towels or on clean kitchen towels. Pat dry with additional towels. Wipe out the now empty bowl so it is dry. Return the potatoes to the bowl and toss with the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. Arrange the potato wedges on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 5 minutes. Remove the foil and continue to bake until the bottoms of the potatoes are spotty golden brown, 15-20 minutes, rotating the baking sheet after 10 minutes. Using a metal spatula and tongs, flip each potato wedge keeping them in a single layer. Continue baking until the fries are golden and crisp, 5 -15 minutes. Rotate the pan as needed to ensure even browning.
When the fries are finished baking, transfer to a paper-towel lined plate to drain some of the grease. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm.
Cooks Illustrated found on Annie's Eats