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Baked “Better Than Fried” Fries

These are my “Better Than Fried” Fries. I almost always have potatoes on hand. Plus these are so easy & so delicious. I usually make them once a week. What makes these worth writing about is how good they are. Fries are one of my fave things. I love potatoes in general. They are so versatile! That, plus the fact that these are baked in the oven makes these perfect. My whole family is in love with these!

I remember growing up, my grandfather would always make us hand cut fries. He would fry them in a pan & They were the best fries ever! Sometimes with shrimp or flounder. Those fries were always, crispy & crunchy on the outside, golden, and just the perfect hint of salt on top. He was always a great cook! I have many memories with my sister & I on the couch with our T.V. trays, while the three of us watched Jeopardy (a show I appreciate now, but it couldn’t hold my 8 year old self’s attention). I remember listening to them guess the answers and waiting for wheel of fortune to come on. It was much more my speed at the time;)

So, today I’m making Grandpa’s fries, but I’m doing it in the oven! Speaking of the oven, you’ll want to preheat it to 425 degrees. I use about 4-5 Russett or Idaho Potatoes. Simply wash them, and dry them as best you can. You can cut them into whatever shape or size  you would like. Just make sure the size is consistent so they cook evenly! I like to do strips of about a half inch. Also, if you want to cut the skin off you can, I like to leave mine on for a more rustic feel. You’ll coat them very lightly in Olive oil. Spray a pan with cooking spray. Carefully lay each fry down in a single layer! Now pop those straight into the oven. Set the timer for 35-40 minutes. They will start to brown on top, so you will want to take the pan out and flip the fries over about half way through. That way the bottoms can brown as well. When the timer is done if you want them extra crispy you can put them under broil for a few minutes. Just make sure to watch them so they don’t burn!

Srircha Ketchup

I like to serve them with this Srircha Ketchup. It’s just adds a little kick to classic ketchup!

  • 1/2 cup Ketchup
  • 1/2 cup Sourcream
  • 1 tbsp Srircha

Simply mix your Ketchup, Sourcream, and Srircha together. If you like it on the cooler, creamier side more sour cream. Spicier more Srircha.

 

Baked Better Than Fried Fries

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Serves: 4-6 Cooking Time: 40 min (Prep Time - about 15 min)

Ingredients

  • 4-5 Russet or Idaho Potatoes
  • About a teaspoon of Olive Oil (Avocado Oil would work well too)
  • Salt (optional)
  • Cooking Spray

Instructions

1

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

2

Wash your potatoes & pat them dry.

3

Cut them into whatever shape or size  you would like.

4

Make sure the size is consistent so they cook evenly!

5

I like to do strips of about a half inch. Also, if you want to cut the skin off you can, I like to leave my on.

6

Next, you'll coat them very lightly in Olive oil. ( If you use too much they won't be as crispy when they are done cooking.)

7

Next spray a sheet pan (lined or unlined) with cooking spray.

8

Arrange the fries in an even layer.

9

Bake them in the oven for about 35-40 minutes.

10

Flip them over halfway through your cooking time, so both sides get a chance to Brown.

11

When they're done cooking, if you want them any crispier: simply let them broil for a few minutes.

12

Sprinkle some salt over top if desired & enjoy!

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