It’s Fryday. And these are My-Heart-Needed-a-Break-from-Frying Fries.
Also known as baked fries, they’re as delicious as they are easy. And if you’re looking for my honest opinion, you’re in luck. These better-for-you baked fries might are as good as the fatty, fried ones we all know and love. But that’s just me. Bonus: you got my humble opinion too.*
No, but really, you should always listen to me and make these (*ok, maybe not).
The players: two Russet potatoes, kosher salt and olive oil. That’s it.
So please add potatoes to your grocery list. You and I both know you’ve got room in those reusable bags of yours. We should also know I’m a bad and forgetful person, and almost always pay the 5-cent plastic bag tax. I’m not proud of it.
But I am proud of these. Potato skin and everything.
Once the potatoes are sliced, they require nothing more than cold water for destarching, boiling water for cooking, sea salt and olive oil tossing, and a hot oven for baking.
They’ll come out looking a little something like this, soft in the middle, crispy on the outside, and you’ll forget that they were ever made the healthy way.
And please don’t blame yourself, the forgetting part is really very easy. If you do want to keep things healthy, don’t scroll down any further. It’s for your own good. “Good” in the low-carb sense.
If you’re looking for “good” in the high-flavor sense, do as I did, and do this…
Chili-cheese fries! and my first animated gif!
Keeping with the healthier fries theme, I used 2% fat cheddar cheese and this low-fat turkey chili. Consider these better-for-you chili-cheese fries, and this a happy Friday sendoff.
TGIFryday. Have a great weekend!
- 2 medium Russet potatoes
- 3 quarts water
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling
- 1 teaspoon olive oil, plus olive oil spray if you're into it
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place baking sheet inside as oven preheats.
- Fill a medium pot with 3 quarts water and place on stove over medium-high to high heat. As water heats up, scrub potatoes and cut into fries. I like mine thin.
- To remove the starch from the potatoes, place the raw fries in a bowl of cold water and wait for the water on the stove to come to a boil.
- Once boiling, put the salt in the water and transfer your potatoes from the starchy water into the boiling water with a slotted spoon. Discard the starchy water.
- Boil the fries for three minutes, then drain in colander, making sure to remove any excess water. Allow to sit for five minute.
- After the fries have rested and the oven has preheated, place the raw fries in a bowl and gently toss with the olive oil and salt.
- Remove the baking sheet from the oven, and spread out the fries on top. Bake for 20-25 minutes, flipping and spraying with olive oil spray halfway through.
- Once the fries have reached your ideal shade of golden brown and crispy, remove from the oven and enjoy immediately. Don't burn your tongue!