*See a personal note below.
Baked French Fries
Salt and Pepper
Wash and peel potatoes. (Or leave on the peels.) Slice the potatoes. Place the french fry slices in water for 20+ minutes. (Now is a good time to preheat oven.) Drain the potatoes and pat dry. Return to the bowl and drizzle a little EVOO on them and stir. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and stir some more.
Bake on a thin, metal cookie sheet at 450° in the lower part of the oven for 35-45 minutes. Turn every 15 minutes. Remove from cookie sheet to a paper towel and pat to remove oil.
I use whatever potatoes I have on hand, usually white or red. For my family of five (with three young children), I use four or five potatoes. (We like homemade french fries!!) I also place about a teaspoon of salt and a bit of pepper in a small bowl. Then I use my fingers to sprinkle the salt and pepper on after the EVOO has been spread around well. I don't use all of the salt, but think it's more effective than sprinkling it on from the shaker.
I have been using parchment paper to keep my fries from sticking. I suspect it makes them brown a bit less, but it's worth it for easy clean up. Keep in mind if you soak the fries and like them crispy, you may need more than an hour after cutting the fries to prepare these.
My family has been enjoying these and my sweet potato fries. As a Christmas gift, I received a french fry cutter. Unfortunately, I need my husband to do the cutting for me, as I am not strong enough. (The reviewers didn't like this product at Amazon. I do...even if I can't use it myself.)
On a Personal Note
*french fries- As I was writing this post, I decided I needed to look up something that I have wondered for years. Food items such as french fries and french dip that have a word in it that would typically be capitalized is not when it is a food item since it is no longer a proper noun. Hmm. Can you tell that I began a class last week? It's called The Effective Keys to Editing. It only lasts six weeks and is fairly low-key (so far). It seems to be a good fit for me, as I am hoping to improve my writing and explore the idea of working in the publishing industry some day. If you read here often, you likely see typos and grammar errors, because I often find them as I read. Yet...