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November 04 2014 @ 10:00 am
Baker Betties: Cripsy Baked Fries  
I don't know if you are like me and have a serious weakness for french fries but if you do you'll know baked fries rarely come out good.

I've bought frozen. I've made them myself and they never seem to come our how I like them and then Baker Bettie posted her recipe of Crispy Baked Fries and the possibilities are endless.

Crispy Baked Fries

Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 45 mins
"This is a technique and recipe for making the crispiest oven baked fries. These fries will be just as crispy and delicious as if you deep fried them without the mess of heating up a whole pot of oil!"
Author: Baker Bettie
Serves: 2 Large Servings


4 medium sized russet potatoes
⅓ cup vegetable or canola oil, divided
1 TBSP cornstarch
1 tsp kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling
herbs, spices, or other toppings as desired

  1. Scrub your potatoes and/or peel if desired. Cut the potatoes into ¼"-1/2" thick fries.

  2. Place the potatoes in a microwave safe bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Heat in the microwave for 5 minutes for thinner cut fries and up to 7 minutes for thicker cut fries.

  3. CAREFULLY remove the plastic wrap and let the fries drain on several layers of paper towels.

  4. Meanwhile, position the oven rack to the lowest position and preheat the oven to 425ºF. Reserve 2 TBSP of the oil aside and then use the rest of the oil to liberally grease a half sheet pan or any metal baking sheet with sides. Put the pan in the oven to heat up.

  5. In a large bowl, whisk together the reserved 2 TBSP of oil, cornstarch, and salt. Blot the cooled fries dry with more paper towels and then put them into the bowl. Gently toss to coat the fries with the cornstarch mixture.

  6. Once the oven is very hot and the oil on the sheet pan is barely starting to smoke a bit, pull the oven rack out enough to access the pan and carefully pour the fries onto the heated pan. Use a metal spatula to move the fries around to a single layer. Push the rack back in and cook for 15 minutes. Pull the rack out again, flip the fries, and cook again for another 15-20 minutes until golden brown and crispy.

  7. Immediately toss the fries in desired spices, herbs, toppings, or simply a little more salt when removing from the oven. Serve immediately.

Now the test for me is to see if this will work with sweet potatoes which I believe it will. And the best part is you can go crazy. Garlic Fries, Sweet Potato Fries, Ranch Fries, Steak Cut, Shoestring... the world of the potato has opened up for us Fry lovers!

This is a repost of Baker Bettie's recipe and you can find all of her instructions and a step-by-step tutorial of her process at Baker Betties: Crispy Oven Baked Fries. She has many other delicious recipes there and she's really worth following as she's clearly devoted to delicious food!
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tracyj23: Coffee lovetracyj23 on November 4th, 2014 07:16 pm (UTC)
This is awesome! I do really enjoy fries but I never buy the frozen kind because you're right, they're just not very good. I always do sweet potato fries too, I prefer them to regular.

Thanks for sharing. :D
Jill aka Jo: ST: Boldly Gosireesanwar on November 4th, 2014 11:13 pm (UTC)
I love Sweet Potato Fries and I'm definitely going to try them maybe with some garlic on them. I can't wait. I need to get to the store and get some sweet potatoes. Already have regular because they were only $2 for 10 pounds which was amazing. But, of course, I forgot to look at the sweet potatoes.

If you make them, tell me how they did. I imagine they'll work well but you never know.
tracyj23: Blue cookiestracyj23 on November 5th, 2014 07:30 pm (UTC)
Will do.

That is cheap for potatoes. They're usually around $5 for 10 pounds here.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on November 5th, 2014 09:09 pm (UTC)
That is typically what it is here but they've been on sale a lot lately.
Angelserenitysangel on November 4th, 2014 10:49 pm (UTC)
Sounds yummy and one I will have to give a try. Love crispy chips!
Jill aka Jo: ST: DS9 Cheerssireesanwar on November 4th, 2014 11:10 pm (UTC)
Me too which is why I was so excited that it worked rather well.
Jo Ann: Elijah Eat it like you mean ityeuxdebleu on November 5th, 2014 03:04 am (UTC)
I have printed this recipe and fully intend to try it. I absolutely love French fries and have tried the frozen sweet potato ones. As you said, very disappointing. Hopefully these will be better. I think I'll also try the recipe with white potatoes, too.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on November 5th, 2014 05:55 am (UTC)
I've also cut them thin in circles like potato chips and they came out pretty great!

I'm so going to try sweet potatoes.