Crispy Oven Baked Fries
Recipe Type: Side Dish
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Crispy Oven Baked Fries prepared with a method developed by the infamous Cook's Illustrated
  • 3 medium sized russet or idaho potatoes (roughly 24 oz total), peeled and sliced into wedges
  • 5 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 475ยบ. Place evenly sliced potato wedges into a large bowl and cover with hot water. Allow to sit for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Evenly coat a large baking sheet with 4 tablespoons of the canola oil and set aside. Drain potatoes and place in one even layer on a kitchen towel. Using another towel (or paper towels), blot the potatoes dry. Dry out bowl as well. Place potatoes back into the bowl and add the remaining tablespoon of canola oil along with the salt and pepper. Using your hands, toss the potatoes until coated with the oil, salt, and pepper.
  3. Arrange the wedges in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet (being sure that they do not overlap). Cover with foil and bake for 5 minutes. Remove the foil and continue to bake until potatoes begin to turn golden brown and start to crisp up (15-20 minutes). Using tongs, flip each potato wedge over and continue to bake for an additional 10-15 minutes until they are a nice golden brown and are crisp.
  4. Transfer fries to a paper towel lined plate to allow excess oil to drain off. Season with additional salt & pepper if desired and serve.
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