As part of our Year of Less we aren't eating out for an entire year. (The Rules state that we may go to a restaurant if invited as part of a social occasion. Note to all of my real-life friends: please for the love of all that is slathered in special secret sauces, please hold your next birthday at a restaurant. Please....)
Anyways, sometimes a girl just needs some french fries, ya know? Some really good crispy on the outside but soft on the inside and just a tiny bit too salty french fries. Here's how I get my fry fix without leaving home.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Slice your potatoes into strips. I really like red potatoes for this, but any potato you have on hand will work.
Now this is the secret to really good oven fries: Drizzle the potatoes with both olive oil and melted butter. I've tried them with just oil, and just butter, but it's the combination that makes them so super awesomely good. Trust me on this.
Sprinkle them with a coarse salt like kosher salt or sea salt. Use a fair bit of salt. Potatoes need salt.
Now stir all your butter and oil and salt and potatoes so that the potatoes are evenly coated. Grease a cookie sheet with a tiny bit of olive oil and lay your potatoes out on the cookie sheets. A little bit of overlap is okay, but try to have only one layer of potatoes so that they can crisp up nice. You might need two cookie sheets.
And I know that some of you are going to think to yourself "the potatoes are greased, so I don't need oil on the pan" but you really do, because if you don't oil the pan all your delicious crispy edges will end up stuck to the pan instead of your french fry. I always regret it if I don't take a moment to grease the pan.
Bake the fries at 400 degrees, turning and flipping and shaking them a bit every 5 minutes until they are golden brown on the outside and soft inside. This will normally take a total of about 20-30 minutes.
Taste (when they aren't mouth-burningly hot anymore) to make sure they have enough salt, and serve. Enjoy!
Please let me know if you try these. I would love to know what you think!