Crispy Homemade Baked French Fries
|July 18, 2014||Posted by Tracy Knutsen under Appetizers, Side Dishes, Vegetarian-Vegan|
I’ve been declaring for years that my dream is to open a mashed potato-themed restaurant. Every time something reminds me of it, I start talking about it. Then I turn into kind of a Forrest Gump of mashed potatoes…
Mashed potatoes topped with pot roast, mashed potatoes topped with mushrooms and onions, mashed potatoes and meatloaf, mashed potatoes topped with pulled pork, mashed potatoes topped with fried egg and bacon, mashed potatoes topped with truffles, pizza mashed potatoes, mashed potato ice cream sundae, mashed potatoes with wings, mashed potatoes topped with asparagus and feta cheese, mashed potato-stuffed tomato, mashed potato quesadilla, mashed potatoes with spinach, goat cheese and sun-dried tomatoes…oh, and the possibilities for sweet potatoes. Don’t get me started!
I guess I can see how I might be a little annoying. My daughter just rolls her eyes when I mention it…she’s grown weary of her mom’s dreams. *sigh*
Regardless of my
shattered smashed mashed potato dream, I’ve also been on a quest for the perfect baked french fry. I found a few things that make them lovely and crispy, just how I like them!
First, pick the right potato. Russets and Yukon Golds seem to work the best for me and taste wonderful.
Next, while it’s just fine to cut your potatoes by hand, I’m a fan of a mandoline and the Swissmar Borner V Power Mandoline, V-7000 is the one I use. Whichever way you go, make sure to cut uniform pieces and keep a close eye on your fingers and the potatoes will cook in the same time.
Third, rinse the starch off the potatoes with cool water, then be sure they’re as dry as possible before baking.
Also, if your fries aren’t quite as crispy as you’d like them to be, try putting them on a baking rack placed on the baking sheet.
Finally, one more thing that helps if you want more “crisp” is to add a beaten egg white to the oil and seasonings when you toss the potatoes. (And btw, I almost always use Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil when I cook – even for fries!)
So let’s get to it! Crispy Homemade Baked French Fries for everyone!