January 25, 2010

Oven Fries....are good.

I love french fries.

No, seriously, I really love french fries.

I remember as a child munching on Bob's Burgers fries and double dipping in ketchup. This was before I understand that double dipping is not allowed. (So now I just turn the fry over to dunk the other side if I'm sharing the dip.)

Anyway, I digress. Back to my love of fries.

I recently saw a reference to oven fries somewhere and it mentioned par-cooking in some manner. I've looked and looked and couldn't figure out where I had seen that reference.

Since I couldn't find the recipe I decided to wing it.


5-6 russet potatoes
1 TBSP vegetable oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1-2 tsp of assorted spices

1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Rinse and scrub the potatoes.

2. Slice the potatoes in half. Slice the halves into 1/4 inch pieces. Depending on the size of the potatoes you will end up with 8-12 fries per potato.

3. Place the sliced potatoes in a gallon sized ziploc bag (if the potatoes are no longer damp add about 1 tsp of water.) Microwave for 2 minutes.

4. Add the vegetable oil, salt, sugar and the assorted spices of your choice. I added dried parsley, a French herb mix, black pepper and some red pepper flakes. Shake. Shake. Shake.

5. Place the spiced potatoes onto a baking sheet covered in parchment and place in the preheated 450 degree oven. Bake for 30 minutes, turning once after 15 minutes.

6. Enjoy!

They should be slightly crisp and delicious. Add a few more minutes to the cooking time if you want your fries a bit more like chips.

I like to dip mine in mayo with a touch of ketchup and vinegar.


  1. I saw this recipe for roasted potatoes on Chocolate & Zucchini a few days ago:

    It mentions parboiling - maybe it's what you read?

    Love the blog, although it makes me hungry!

  2. Nope that wasn't it. I suspect it was on Epicurious.

    Wherever it was it has served it's purpose. Inspiration.

  3. Yum. I can't wait to make these. Especially with a generous sprinkling of malt vinegar at the end!

  4. Eureka! I found it. I was reviewing the oven fries discussion on Chow - Chowhound. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/313119


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