Hurrah! It’s the end of the week! Which means if you’re a Sea Hawks fan it’s Blue Friday. It’s almost Super Bowl Sunday! Whether or not you will be yelling up a storm and gestating wildly at the TV this weekend, you should indulge in these tasty oven fries that are going to be making their appearance and causing people to be super happy.
I love oven fries for a few reasons. First off, oven fries are a great choice because I know that they aren’t deep fried in gallons of oil. Of course, there is a little bit of oil in the recipe, but it is not a large amount and you can choose to use olive oil or avocado oil which are much better for you than canola or vegetable oil.
Secondly, you can customize these to your own taste. I LOVE curly fries or seasoned steak fries and when I make these at home I can add paprika, steak seasoning, chili pepper, and all sorts of crazy spices.
I know that quite a few recipes for oven fries have you soak the potatoes in a salt water bath for several hours to remove the extra moisture to make them toastier. However, if you use the right potato and technique in your oven you shouldn’t need to do this step. However, as with most recipes and dishes the more effort that is put in the better the result. That being said, if you give the potatoes a quick soak you might be able to get them to crisp up to perfection.
And phew, they are just delicious! The texture is just right: crispy crunchy on the outside, fluffy on the inside. I made a batch of these and ate about three whole potatoes worth of these fries. They are ridiculously addicting and if you have some ketchup or fry sauce to dip them in they are irresistible.
These little wonders could make your Super Bowl party the hit of the weekend. People are going to see facebook posts and instagram pictures of these fries at your party and they will leave their party and come hit up yours just so they can eat these. I know I would.
- 3 russet potatoes
- 3 Tablespoons olive or avocado oil
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons steak seasoning
- 1 Tablespoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- Cut your potatoes into ¼ inch fries. If desired, place in a bowl cover with warm water and sprinkle 3 Tablespoons of salt and let soak for 15 minutes to 3 hours. This step is not necessary if you are on a time constraint.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Mix the paprika, garlic powder, steak seasoning, black pepper, and a tablespoon of salt in a small bowl.
- After draining potatoes from the salt water, place them in a large Ziploc bag or a Tupperware with a lid. Drizzle them with the oil and sprinkle the mix of seasons. Close the bag or tupperware and shake until the potatoes are coated. On a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper and sprayed with cooking spray spread the potatoes in one layer.
- Make sure not to overcrowd the potatoes, letting as few potatoes as possible touch each other.
- Place fries in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, flipping them once after 15 minutes.
- Raise the temperature of your oven to 425 and bake the fries for 15 more minutes until they are golden brown and the edges are well browned. Remove from the oven and transfer to paper towels so that they can crisp up out of the remaining oil in the pan. Sprinkle salt over the fries if needed. Serve warm and with dipping sauce of your choice.