Since discovering the broiler secret to getting crispy potatoes, I have recently found an even better, and more sure fire, way to getting restaurant worthy fries. Sure fire in that you won’t end up burning parchment paper or the potatoes to a crisp.
It’s not as fast, but – sometimes - taking it slow, taking it easy is the best way to go.
I’ve also discovered that the broiler is really not so much the secret to getting crispy fries. The trick to getting these potato fries crispy and that golden brown colour is to lightly coat them in oil. Any oil will do, I use olive oil without getting any distinct olive-y flavour or aftertaste.
I realize that that’s why my past attempts (excepting the broiler ones) at homemade fries wasn’t working. I simply just put the potatoes in the oven. It may sound obvious but it really did not occur to me back then. Thank heavens I’ve found out – now I get groans and people telling me not to show me the pictures since it reminds them of White Spot and makes them want to eat fries, with or without the ketchup.
P.S. Nail polish is “Sparrow Me the Drama” from OPI’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides collection. Would you agree that it’s a match, or at least close, to Maggie’s refined sugar-free frosting?
Oven French Fries
Serves 1 to 2 people
Oil of your choice (I use olive oil)
3 medium to large potatoes, peeled and sliced lengthwise into fries
Salt, to taste
Preheat oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
To get the fries crispy and golden, you have to lightly coat them in oil. You can do this three ways, either
- Use one potato fry to spread and coat the parchment paper with about a tablespoon of oil (I always eyeball it). After you’ve done that, arrange the rest of the fries on to the parchment paper-lined pan.
- Toss all the potato fries in a light amount of oil in a bowl before arranging on to the prepared pan.
- Brush the arranged fries with the oil using a pastry brush, if you have one.
Sprinkle with a light amount of salt and bake for 25 minutes. Keeping the oven on, take the fries out and turn. Pop back in the oven for a further 10 minutes.
Turn off the oven and turn on the broiler, set on low, and broil the fries for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the broiler/oven and cool.
Serve and enjoy!