I know some french fries aren't the healthiest of items, especially when you eat them at specific restaurants. Take McDonalds for instance...they have graciously listed the ingredients of their french fries (which you would think should look something like this: Potatoes. BUT instead looks something like this:
"French Fries: Potatoes, vegetable oil (canola oil, hydrogenated soybean oil, natural beef flavor [wheat and milk derivatives]*, citric acid [preservative]), dextrose, sodium acid pyrophosphate (maintain color), salt. Prepared in vegetable oil (Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to
preserve freshness). Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent.
CONTAINS: WHEAT AND MILK. *(Natural beef flavor contains hydrolyzed wheat and hydrolyzed milk as starting ingredients)"
YIKES! I know I have shared this before but it still kills me. Why do they need all those extra things? Now on the opposite end take In N Out - which when you walk in their doors, your french fries are still in the form potatoes!
Alright, enough about restaurant french fries. Let's make some at home!
French fries are a lot easier than they look. And you really don't need a special french fry making tool or anything. It could help but it's not necessary. In fact, when I made my fries I used a regular ol' knife. :) There's 2 different options on HOW to cook them below. One way allows you to make them simultaneously with my hamburger buns. They can cook side by side in the oven. Then once you decide how you want to cook them there's HOW you want to season them.
Choose your own adventure folks and enjoy!
Oven Baked Fries
Created by jalene
- Organic Potatoes (peel or leave peel on, you decide) *See note
- Oil (I used Extra Virgin Olive Oil but if cooking at 420 use Grapeseed Oil)
- sea salt
- (optional) 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice - helps keep the starch on the potatoes from browning)
- Preheat your oven to 375 (if cooking your hamburger buns too or preheat to 500 otherwise. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Scrub your potato skins. Peel if desired. Cut into "french" wedges.
- Fill a large bowl full of cold water. (Add your lemon juice if using). Swish your fries around and then drain. Lay your fries out on a clean dry towel and dry.
- In another bowl combine your fries with oil (enough to lightly coat them) and season with sea salt, if desired.
- Spread your fries out on the prepared pan so they are not touching. Place into the oven and cook 15-20 minutes on 375 or 10-15 minutes on 420. Stir the fries part-way through cooking.
Note from jalene:
- You can use non-organic potatoes of course instead. I use Organic Potatoes because they are on the top 12 DIRTIEST produce with chemicals and pesticides. I know buying organic can get expensive but at least getting the top 12 organic will save you from a lot of health problems later!
- Try my recipe to make your own ketchup! The best part of homemade- It's guaranteed gluten-free and no high fructose corn syrup!
- You can make your own FRY SAUCE by mixing about 2 parts gluten free mayo and 1 part ketchup together.