January 26, 2012

Baked to Perfection the Oven Fries Experiment!

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 Who likes fries? Of course, just about everyone. I bring to you today a french fry miracle that  
tastes like deep fried but only uses 5 tablespoons of oil!  
But this comes with a warning--
they are addicting! 

A quick story behind my discovery of these started with a visit to
 some friends. They offered me these fries and my first response was 
"these are so good-are they fried?"
 "Nope. Oven fried." 
"Really? I need this recipe!"

Coming from Cook's Illustrated Magazine, 
here's what you'll need to try these out:
 (p.s. It's important to follow closely for great results.)

3 russet potatoes, peeled or skins on (your preference),
cut lengthwise into 10-12 evenly sized wedges
5 tablespoons vegetable oil or peanut oil
salt and ground black pepper
heavy duty baking sheet
large bowl for soaking potatoes
paper towels or dry, clean kitchen towel
  1. Adjust oven rack to lowest position. Preheat to 475.
  2. Place potatoes in large bowl and cover with hot tap water for 10 min.

a hot bath works wonders to remove starches and reveal a creamy, smooth center
3. Meanwhile, coat a heavy duty rimmed baking sheet with 4 Tbsp. oil.
Sprinkle evenly with 3/4 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. ground pepper (suggested amount.)
 Set aside.

4. Drain potatoes and blot dry with cloth or paper towels. Spread out onto paper towels
or kitchen towel and thoroughly blot dry.
5. Wipe out empty bowl, return potatoes to bowl and toss with remaining 1 Tbsp. oil.

and add a little salt and pepper to taste so both sides are coated

6. Arrange potatoes in single layer on prepared baking sheet. Cover tightly with
foil and bake 5 minutes.

7. Remove foil and continue to bake until bottoms of potatoes are spotty golden
brown, 15-20 min, rotating baking sheet after 10 min.
8. With spatula or tongs, loosen potatoes from pan, then flip each wedge, keeping
potatoes in single layer.
9. Continue baking until fries are golden and crisp, 5-15 min. longer, rotating pan
as needed if fries are browning unevenly.

And here were mine when they were done! 

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These taste great sprinkled with malt vinegar, or for a delicious 
low fat Indian-inspired dip, try mixing:
1/2 c. Greek yogurt
1 crushed clove of garlic
1/2 tsp. yellow curry powder
dash of salt
1/4 tsp. sugar

Ok, so now is your mouth watering? Go ahead and give it a try-you won't be disappointed.


  1. These look yummy! I wonder if you could do it with sweet potatoes too?!

    1. They really are yummy! humm I bet you could do the same with sweet potatoes. Let me know if you try it and how it come out.

  2. Pinning and drooling!! Thanks for sharing! :)

    1. Thanks for pinning and you won't be disappointed if you try them!

  3. Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! LOVE your blog look and everything in it! Great job girlie! :-)

    1. thanks, Enid! so glad to have you as a friend and supporting my creativity-and wishing you the best with photography and blogging :)

  4. This looks really good. I make oven fries we really like, but I might have to try these.:)

    1. I think this is the most foolproof recipe I've tried! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Ahh these look amazing!!!! I can never seem to make these well, maybe I'll try your recipe because they look delicious!!!! There's nothing more addicting than fries in my opinion!!!!

    1. Thanks, Maria! This recipe is foolproof -you'll love it! I agree with you there about fry addiction :)

  6. So yummy, thanks for sharing because mine never turn out crunchy!

    1. Hi Beth-I used to have that problem. Until I tried this foolproof recipe-you'll love them! Thanks for stopping by!

  7. I'm definitely going to be trying this recipe! Mine are always just not quite right so I can't wait to give this one a go. :-) Thanks so much for sharing it at Inspiration Friday!

  8. Hi Kristina...
    Brilliant!!! I can never get my wedges to look like that...
    Thanks for the step by step photos...

    psst... thanks for visiting my 'kitchen' and inform me of the re-pin on pinterest :) Much appreciated :D

  9. Ohhh those look soooo good!!!!!

  10. Thanks for the recipe! This is going on my Pinterest board!

  11. Can't wait to try these! I'm your newest follower. And, I totally pinned these.

  12. I just might try these tonight! Thank you for sharing.

  13. Looks delicious!! Just checking, did you see my Lisa Leonard giveaway yet?

    XO, Aimee

  14. Oven fries are one of my favorites!! These look delicious!! Would love for you to stop by and link up to the Tuesday To Do Party if you haven't already!


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