Want to know one of my guilty pleasures? Okay, so the picture here probably gave it away. Yup, it’s French fries. But here’s the thing- I don’t want to feel guilty about enjoying them. So, how about if they’re baked? Now we’re talking. Hmm… this leads me to a silly question…if they’re baked and not fried, are they still called French fries? Are they still French? Something to ponder–or maybe it’s just late and this is my tired brain getting distracted. Back to the fries…er, baked…well you know what I mean.
The goal is to make them crispy on the outside while keeping them light and fluffy on the inside–obviously, without frying them in oil. Nelson got it with this recipe–and an awesome seasoning on them to-boot. Hooray! But I told him he should test it out a few more times…you know…just to be sure he’s perfected the recipe (*wink*). I am willing to make the sacrifice to test every batch fully. Who’s buying this story? Nelson didn’t, but he got the blatant hint and promised he’d make them again really soon. Yay! I’m happy, and spoiled, and happy!
Hope you enjoy these as much as we all do! Bet you can’t eat just one.
Seasoned Baked French Fries
This seasoned and baked fries recipe is perfect as a side dish or as an appetizer for guests! The fries come out golden and crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. They almost make you forget they're not fried!
Author: Nelson Cardoso
Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 4 to 5 servings
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 3 large baking potatoes (or russets) cut into long fries (not too thick)
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp chilli powder
- ¾ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp ground black pepper
- ½ tsp oregano
- Pre-heat the oven to 425 ºF.
- In a small bowl, mix the garlic powder, chilli powder, salt, pepper, oregano and set aside.
- Add the cut potatoes into a large bowl with the olive oil.
- Toss the cut potatoes in the oil until evenly coated.
- Lay out 2 baking sheets and two wire/cooling racks.
- Spray the wire/cooling racks with cooking spray.
- Place the cooling racks inside the baking sheets and spread the cut and coated potatoes evenly over both cooling racks in one layer (potatoes should not overlap).
- Place the baking sheets in the hot oven on levels 2 and 4 (not closest to the bottom or top).
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes and exchange the two baking sheets with one-another. Continue cooking for another 20 to 25 minutes.
- Depending on the thickness of the fries, they may need to cook for less than 45 minutes or a bit longer than 45 minutes. Check at around 40 minutes.
- Fries are ready when they are golden colour on the outside (not burned) and soft on the inside.
- Place the baked fries in a large bowl and sprinkle the mixed spices over the potatoes.
- Toss the potatoes in the spices until evenly coated.
- Serve immediately.
These fires can be done without the wire/cooling racks. You can cook the fries directly on the baking sheet but you will need to flip them occasionally with a spatula to colour them evenly.