Ultimate Oven Fries

Hey, while you’ve been lying on the couch watching Keanu in “The Replacements,” I’ve been perfecting the ever-elusive Oven Fry for you.  So gear up, geniuses, these fries will melt your face.

  1. Scrub your potatoes / sweet potatoes.  Fork a bunch of holes in the skin so they don’t explode.
  2. PRE-COOK THEM – not *all the way* done – IN THE MICROWAVE.  I recommend 2.5 or 3 minutes per medium-sized Russet potato, or 3-3.5 per sweet potato.  You want them just starting to get soft, but not done or totally soft or falling apart.
  3. Cut yr potatoes into wedges.  (Be careful, they’re hot!)
  4. Pour some olive oil into the bottom of a bowl.  Cover each wedge in oil by dipping it into the bowl.  Place covered wedges on a baking sheet.
  5. Put the sheet on a pretty high oven rack (maybe not the highest, though) under the broiler on HIGH/HI for about 15 minutes, or until they’re browned and crispy-looking on the outside.
  6. Take the fries out, let them cool, salt and season them, and enjoy!

Saving the salt for last is a good idea.

The microwave pre-cooking is the secret.  You’ll get better fries, faster, every time.  Which will get you back watching Reeves acting like a dumb quarterback appropriately, for once.

(Thanks, Jill!)

2 thoughts on “Ultimate Oven Fries”

  1. I love that you assume that everyone’s watching Keanu. Which we are.

    Also, the pre-cooking is key. We have a deep-fat fryer (OMFG) and we blanch them in the oil for 3-4 minutes, and then let them cool, and them cook them again for 1-2 minutes. PERFECT.

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