Declan’s grandma was born in France. So, in high school he was sometimes made fun of for being a quarter French. One day, one of his classmates came up with a very creative nickname for him, “Frenchy McFrench French.” As it turns out, the name didn’t stick at all, and in a strange twist of fate, the bully was then made fun of for his elementary name calling skills for the rest of his high school days.
What does this little anecdote have to do with this week’s “American Favorites” recipes? Yeah you probably guessed it, French Fries! We like to keep it simple when it comes to this delectable delight. And yes, we like to keep them healthy. We do so by baking them instead of frying them.
Now we got most of our inspiration for these fries from Zesty Cook… but of course we made a few upgrades of our own!
Frites, chips, French potatoes, or freedom fries whatever you call them, they certainly make a nice side to everything! But in Pittsburgh we don’t eat them as a side, we put them on our salads and in our sandwiches instead.
- Servings – 4
- Prep time – 20 minutes
- Cook time – 40 minutes
- 4 spuds
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt and Pepper
- Paper towels
- Mixing bowl
1. Scrub your spuds to wash off any excess dirt. If you want to leave the skin on, move to step two. If you don’t, peal them, then move to step two.
2. Slice your spuds lengthwise into 1/2 inch thickness and then crosswise (on a bias) into 1/2 inch pieces.
3. Let your fries soak in cold water with a teaspoon of salt for 10 minutes. This will allow excess dirt to fall off as well as letting some of the starch to release. Preheat your oven to 400°F.
4. Dry and we mean DRY your fries by laying them onto paper towels. If you have a good fan like we do, use it.
5. Once your fries are super dry and no longer wet, place them into a mixing bowl and drizzle some olive oil over them. Sprinkle enough salt and pepper to cover the fries and give them a toss in the bowl to evenly coat.
6. Spread the fries on a baking dish making sure none are really touching and bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until brown and crispy. Turn them at least once during this process.
7. Serve as a side and enjoy!