I think we can all agree that french fries are AMAZING. Good fries are crispy, salty, delicious on their own but even better when paired with something saucey… but the beauty of french fries is that they make a humble potato something glorious.
Perfect french fries can be made from home using only a few ingredients.
For reals. All you need is oil, potatoes, and salt. That’s it. 3 ingredients. McDonald’s seems to think fries need 19 ingredients. NINETEEN. Want to take a peek at what those 19 ingredients are? Take a look here.
Immediately after reading that article linked above, I was inspired to go buy a Large fry right then and there!! Ha, no. Not even in the slightest.
I was however inspired to make some french fries from scratch, using what I already had on hand. And they turned out YUMMY! Beautifully gold and crispy on the outside, soft in the middle- these fries are tasty!
My little guy thinks so too. See him double-fisting it?
Like I mentioned, you can make fries with 3 simple ingredients, but for this I went fancy and used 4. My added ingredient- arrowroot powder. I figured arrowroot powder would help coat them so they get crispy. And I guess I was on to something because more than a few fry recipes I saw online used cornstarch or arrowroot for that same reason! So that’s pretty cool, huh?
I also came across the method of soaking your cut fries before cooking. Now, I like simple. I like quick. But I also like perfectly cooked fries. So I went ahead and made one batch that had been soaked and one batch that hadn’t. That way I could give you an honest report on whether the soaking is necessary or not.
The verdict? It’s not totally necessary. BUT, it does make better fries. In a pinch, I will make again without soaking. But if I menu plan some fries, then you bet I’ll be soaking them first. It’s just worth it. And it’s still simple, so no biggie. Just gotta plan ahead ; )
Alright so enough chit chat… here’s the recipe for you!
- 5lbs organic potatoes (potatoes are commonly GMO, so opt for organic if possible)
- 2-3 TBS olive oil or coconut oil
- 1-2 tsp. seasoning (salt is sufficient but I like to add pepper, too. I feel like they are just meant to be added together.)
- 3-4 TBS arrowroot powder (to coat cut fries)
Wash and peel your potatoes. Cut into fry-like strips. Place cut fries into bowl and cover with water. Allow to soak 1 hour minimum, but 3-4 hours for best results. (Soaking is optional, but highly recommended.) Preheat oven to 425. Drain fries and lay out on towels to dry. Pat dry with additional towel to really absorb the water. Place in a seal-able container and add oil, seasoning, and arrowroot powder. Close container and shake up real good to evenly coat all the fries. Spread out on parchment paper-lined baking pan (or a well oiled pan, but they may stick a bit). Bake at 425 for 15 minutes. Flip your fries for even cooking, and then bake for an additional 15 minutes. Add a little more seasoning after removing them from the oven, and enjoy!
They are so good that you just might eat them all in one sitting, but if you restrain and they get a little soggy before your next meal, just pop them back in the oven at 400 for a couple of minutes to crisp them up again! (But keep an eye on em so they don’t burn!)
What’s your favorite way to eat a french fry- bare or dipped in sauce?