There is something about eating fresh made French Fries that is just satisfying! My family loves French Fries, and they love homemade ones. I think a couple times a week my oldest son asks for them, but as always is disappointed because we are having something else. However, when I do make them, he is pacing waiting for them to come out of the oven.
You can use any type of potato you have, I prefer russet potatoes as they have a nicer shape when cutting, and have a great flavour for baking. But whatever you have on hand will work just as good!
I do not own a deep fryer, I never have and I have a secret vow to myself that I will never – as I try to avoid as much fried food as possible for my family. If I do need to use oil, I stick with my EVOO (extra virgin olive oil). Not that I do not use oil, because I do. I just try and avoid it as much as possible in my cooking.
These French Fries do require about 1 tablespoon of oil, which is perfect for an mom like me.
Normally you buy a big bag of frozen French Fries for a few dollars from the grocery store and pull out what you need and bake for an hour and they never taste fresh or have a good flavour and they are full of salt… they are frozen potatoes after all… These homemade fries total prep time to dinner plate is about an 1 hour and 10 minutes. These fries only take about 25 minutes in your oven, amazing right!
But there is a secret I am about to share with you that will change your world of French Fries as you know it!
Once you have your potatoes washed, and sliced. Rinse a few times in cold water to remove some of the starch exposed from cutting. Then for the secret – Soak your cut fries in hot water for 35 minutes before going to the oven. That is my secret to tasty, soft, slightly crispy, delicious Homemade French Fries!
I do this for a couple reasons. It starts to cook the potatoes allowing less cook time in the oven. It also helps in breaking down some of the starch in the potato, getting rid of some of the “stick” feeling you would get from just adding them directly to the pan.
NOTE: If prepping ahead of time, you can leave the cut fries in cold water soaking in your fridge and move to hot water when you are ready to start preparing your meal, just add an additional 10 minutes to you hot water soak. You can do this the night before, but be sure you full submerge your fries in the water.
Once you have soaked your fries, move to a tea towel and dry off. Don’t worry if they are a bit wet, but you want as much water as you can remove. Move back into your bowl and pour 1 tablespoon of olive oil, salt to taste and a teaspoon of Italian herbs (mixture of dried herbs – oregano, rosemary, thyme, basil and marjoram is usually in the mixture) Shake the bowl to mix everything all together. You want a slight coating of oil and spices on every fry.
Move fries to a baking sheet. I use the biggest baking sheet that will fit in my oven. Lay each fry flat be sure not to stack any on top of each other. Sounds like a tedious task but it really is not that bad.
You want a hot oven, 425*F is what we are cooking these in. Do not open the oven, until 15 minutes after they start cooking. Leave it closed as the oven will bring out a lot of the humidity from the fries as well as some of the water that was left on the fries and when you open it, it will escape. Your fries will not turn out as good. My vent on my oven puffs humidity like crazy when I make fries.
Once 15 minutes has past, take a large spatula and flip your fries to the other side. Place back in the oven for another 10 minutes, and there you have it – the best homemade fries guaranteed!
Homemade French Fries
Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cooking/Soaking Time: 60 Minutes Total Time 1 Hour 10 Minutes Serving: 3
- 5-6 Medium Rusett Potatoes, cut into fries – be sure to try and keep them the same size
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- Salt to taste
- 1 Teaspoon Italian Seasoning Herbs
What you need to do:
- Preheat oven to 425*F – be sure rack is low in oven
- Wash potatoes with cold water, rinse 2-3 times to ensure starch is being washed away
- Soak fries in hot water for 10 minutes, pour that water out and add more hot water and let sit for another 25 minutes
- Drain water, and dry potatoes leaving a little bit damp but not soaking. Place back into bowl
- Add olive oil, salt and herb mixture – toss well to ensure equal coverage
- Lay fries equally on a baking sheet, place in preheated over for 15 minutes, do not open the door
- After 15 minutes, flip fries over with a large spatula and continue cooking for another 10 minutes, check to ensure fries are cooked as oven temperatures do vary and you may need another few minutes.
- Once cooked. Remove from oven and serve