Oven Baked French Fries
One of my very favorite cookbooks is called The New Best Recipe (from the editors of Cook’s Illustrated). I always find the best recipes in there. I wanted to serve fries with the Grilled Chicken Sliders with Avocado but I didn’t want to fry them because we are trying to eat healthier. I found a great recipe in this cookbook that I used less oil but other than that did it exactly as written. I left the fries in for a little too long due to helping out with a homework problem but they still turned out amazingly delicious. They were crisp on the outside and soft and delicious on the inside. I served these fries with fry sauce (a mixture of ketchup & mayonnaise) alongside the sliders for a fun and delicious meal without all of the guilt!
Peel the russet potatoes then cut each potato lengthwise into same size fries. Place the cut fries into a large bowl and cover with hot tap water; soak for 10 minutes.
Adjust the oven rack to the lowest position. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees. Line a heavy-duty baking sheet with tin foil then drizzle two tablespoons of oil on the tin foil followed by a sprinkling of sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste. Set aside.
Drain the potatoes then place on kitchen towels (or paper towels) and pat dry. Rinse and wipe out the bowl then dry it with a kitchen towel. Place the dried fries back into the dry bowl then drizzle the last tablespoon of oil onto the fries. Toss with your hands until evenly coated. Arrange the fries in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.
Cover the baking sheet tightly with tin foil and place into the oven to bake for 5 minutes. Remove the foil and continue to bake until the bottoms are spotty golden brown, about 15-20 minutes, rotating the baking sheet after 10 minutes. Using tongs, flip each fry, keeping the potatoes in a single layer. Continue baking until the fries are golden and crispy, 5-10 minutes longer, rotating the pan as needed if the fries are browning unevenly.
Transfer the fries to some paper towels to drain. Serve immediately. Enjoy.