Yes, you can make crispy seasoned baked French fries at home without deep-frying in vegetable oil. Skip the drive thru and precooked frozen packages with chemicals, preservatives, and unhealthy oils. Try making your own hand cut homemade baked fries instead.
At one time, I was addicted to the frozen French fries that you can purchase in the grocery store. When I began growing food and eliminating processed foods from our diet, the frozen bags of precooked fries were the first to go. I missed them.
The first year we grew potatoes in the garden, the crop succeeding beyond our expectations. We had a lot of potatoes piled into our basement root cellar for winter storage. That is when I began experimenting with making oven fries to replace the store bought bags.
The homemade baked fries were good, but tasted quite bland at first. I experimented with different seasonings to add flavor. One time, I was in a hurry and didn’t have time to mix up various seasonings, so I just used a teaspoon of my homemade taco seasoning. Kevin deemed it the best batch ever. We had a winner! A delicious hand cut seasoned baked French fry recipe using our own homegrown potatoes. A couple of little tweaks later and this recipe is definitely share-worthy.
Tips for Crispy Baked Fries
Soak the Potatoes: A trick to getting your baked fries to come out nice and crispy is to soak the cut potatoes in cold water to extract some of the extra starch on the surface. Try to soak at least 15 minutes, but the longer you soak, the crunchier your fries will be. The fries will come out crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
Select Potatoes High in Starch: Any type of potato can be used to make baked French fries. However, some potato varieties crisp up better when roasted than others. Choose a high starch potato variety, also known as a baking type potato. The most common baking potato is Russet. I have found that Katahdin, Kennebec, and Red Norland potatoes will also work well for baked French fries.
Crispy Seasoned Baked French Fries Recipe
1 pound potatoes
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon taco seasoning (make your own)
1 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon pepper
salt to taste
1. Scrub potatoes, peel if desired, and slice into 1/2-inch strips. Place potatoes into a bowl and cover with cold water. Let the potatoes soak for at least 15 minutes to extract some of the starch.
2. Preheat your oven to 425˚F.
3. Add the olive oil, taco seasoning, paprika, and pepper to a large bowl and mix to combine. Set aside.
4. Drain potatoes, rinse, and dry well with a kitchen towel. Add the potatoes to the large bowl and toss to mix with the seasoned olive oil.
5. Spread the potatoes out in a single layer on two baking sheets. Bake in a preheated oven for 30-40 minutes, until crispy. Turn once during baking so the fries brown evenly. Begin watching them at the 30-minute mark, because some potatoes cook faster than others. Add salt to taste and serve warm with homemade marinara sauce or your favorite dipping sauce.
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