Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Oven Baked Fries

The other day I mentioned our favorite way to make oven baked fries and I said I'd post it later. It's later.

Besides, it has been a "Oh, so this is what it feels like to be ground into breakfast sausage" kind of week at work, so I needed a quick post. Yeah, I know it's only Tuesday. Like I said, it's been THAT kind of week.

The thing I like about this method of making fries is it is very flexible to whatever spices/herbs I have on hand or need to match our meal. For example, last night we were having Tuscan Grilled Chicken so I wanted the fries to be "Tuscan-ish".

In the book Ciao! Tuscany, the authors mention several times that Tuscan area cooks like to use a wild herb called nepitella. They admit it's hard to find in the states but that you can sub 2 parts fresh mint leaves to 1 part oregano. So that was the spice/herb we added to our oven baked fries this time.

Oven Baked Fries
Adapted from Joy of Cooking

4 ea russet potatoes, cut into a bit more than 1/4" strips
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp spice/herb mixture (you choose the spices and herbs)
Kosher Salt to taste

To cut your potato into the fries, slice a very thin piece off of one side and set it onto a cutting board for a stable base. Cut the potato lengthwise into slices a little bit thicker than 1/4". Yeah, that could be 3/8", 5/16", or even 9/32". Don't fret over the math. Just cut them into your ideal "french fry size" width slices. Then cut the slices the same size into the fries.

Soak them for 10 minutes in cold water. Thoroughly dry.

Whisk together the oil, spice and herbs. Toss the potatoes in the oil/spice/herb mixture and spread out on a baking sheet.

Put it in a 475f oven for 30-40 minutes, turning every 10 minutes. Remove once all sides are browned. Season with salt.

See? So easy and flexible. They can go with just about anything.

If you are doing BBQ, you could add some of the BBQ rub to the oil. If you're doing Greek, you could do some fine crumbled feta and oregano. If you are cooking a southwestern flank steak, use some cumin, chili powder and cilantro.

Sorry for such a seemingly lame post but if you try fries this way, you'll like them.

23 comments:

  1. A great method for oven fries, just had them for dinner.

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  2. No post is lame (well, that's what I tell myself all the time LOL)...cuz you never know who is going to learn something new. I bake my fries "wedgie" style all the time....but I've never soaked them in water. What does that do? (maybe this is something I need to start doing!!)

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  3. Baked fries, why not? And more with lot of herbs, I bet that they're crispy and completely gorgeous!

    Have a great week!

    Gera

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  4. Not lame! I love these kind of potatoes. Sorry to hear the work week has been "one of those." I do not miss that at all. It's Hump Day. Maybe things will look up!

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  5. Man its 5 AM and I am thinking about cooking my Porterhouse with some fries. A traditional 'all night' breakfast at Denny's, do you think the neighbors will mind?

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  6. Nah, not lame at all :) This is the way I make fries, both regular and sweet potato, at home. It's easy, and no messy clean up! Try sweet potato fries with sweet paprika. Yum!

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  7. Nothing lame about it! My wife would eat those until they were gone!

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  8. If there's one thing I love (and miss), it's fried potatoes. These look like a great alternative!

    I like this post - no apologies needed, Chris! Now get back to work. :)

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  9. Oh man, those look perfect. I love oven fries but I don't think I turn them enough. Next time.

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  10. Such beautiful fries... these photos could be in a shrine to fries, I really love 'em.

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  11. We love oven fries and it's the only way we make them at our house now. I love the fresh herbs you've added. I'll be sure to try that next time we make oven fries.
    Sam

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  12. Those look great! Love how versatile this recipe is.

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  13. There is nothing lame about this post - I love oven baked fries. Adding the fresh herbs is a great idea.

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  14. I truly don't think this is lame. It's one of those dishes that sparks an AHA why don't I cook like this more often, kind of a moment. At least for me. Sometimes all you really need is potatoes and herbs.

    Sorry you're having a rough week. At least we are over hump day!

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  15. We do something similar with sweet potatoes. This recipes looks like a great way to get hand-cut fries without the mess of frying them at home. This is a great alternative.Thanks!

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  16. If this is a lame post . . . I don't know how to finish that, but this is not a lame post. My oven fries turn out 50% of the time. The seasonings I use are different but same cooking time. I keep to double fried-fries

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  17. I don't think it's a lame post at all! I love the idea of feta & oregano yummm

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  18. Thank you for this. I've never done "oven fries". I also want to try sweet potatoes. Lame??? Great post.

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  19. They're beautiful! I think the soaking in cold water is such an important part that most don't know to do...great looking food as always!

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  20. Chris, this post is definitely not lame! These fries were incredible. I am a student at the University of Georgia and a new food blogger, and I wanted you to know that I love your recipes and tips. I am going to feature you in my next post about food blogs that I love. Please check it out and keep the wonderful posts coming. Happy grilling!

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  21. Is that a grilled dill pickle spear in the picture?

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  22. i can't imagine how it feels, it is certainly very delicous and tempting.
    so yummy of course

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