Ten cent pack of fries
Ever since I was a kid and my family would splurge on a McDonald’s hamburger and a 10 cent ‘shared between two siblings’ pack of fries, I have been a fan. I like the thin and crispy or the thick and tender steak fries. But alas, I don’t eat them too often because of the fat and calories. That is until I started making oven baked fries. Now we’re talkin’.
Potatoes are inexpensive and they keep well in a cool dark place so you can always have them on hand. These fries are easy to make, cheap, and crispy. You can make your favorite size, thin or thick. If you like them cut like steak fries like my niece Lindsay, try using an apple slicer/corer to make short order of the slicing job. Season them sorta plain or jazz them up with some fresh herbs and spices, whatever you have on hand and what would compliment your dinner.
Fry sauce is my favorite with fries and I have jacked up the flavor with some hot sauce but you can dip them in plain old ketchup or any other dipping sauce you love.
My recent discovery, thanks to mom, is the new Reynold’s non-stick foil. It is genius!! I love to cover my baking sheet with foil so I can throw it out and save time cleaning. But fries, and some other foods like oven baked chicken, stick to the foil. In fact, these foods will stick to the pan if you don’t use foil. So if you spend a little extra on a roll of non-stick foil and use it when you need to prevent sticking, you will be in French fry heaven.
Recipe: Oven Baked Fries with Fry Sauce
Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cook Time: 30 Minutes | Yield: 4 servings | Level: Easy
- 4 medium Idaho russets
- salt and pepper
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 Tbsp minced rosemary
- 1/3 cup mayo
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1 tsp chipotle Tabasco
1 Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
3 On a large baking sheet lined with non-stick foil, pile the fries in the middle. Shake over a generous amount of salt and pepper. Add the rosemary and drizzle the olive oil over all. Toss to coat all fries then spread out on a single layer to brown evenly.
4 Bake in a hot oven until tender, about 425 degrees for 20-35 minutes depending on how thick you cut them. Half way through, stir and turn them over to brown on more sides.
5 In the meantime, mix the sauce ingredients and let the flavors marry while the fries bake.
6 Serve with oven fries with fry sauce.
- Exchange rosemary for thyme or omit for plain fries.
- Add a dash of cayenne pepper for some spicy heat or smoked paprika for a colorful smoke flavor.
- Vary the size of the fries, matchstick are small and crispy, steak fries are large and meaty, and medium are right in the middle.
- Add cayenne to the fry sauce for more heat.
Inspiration – Saucy Cuisine Kitchen
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Written by Helen Horton
Photographs by Helen Horton
Updated: April 28, 2012