My family eats potatoes…a lot of potatoes. I’m not sure exactly how many potatoes we go through but it’s about 10 pounds a week. Of course, there are 7 of us so that may or may not seem like a lot to you. We have a baked potato bar each Sunday and also have potatoes and onions once a week, then there’s the mashed potatoes to go with our canned venison. But sometimes, we just want fries.
I’ve been making homemade french fries in the oven for years and I’m always amazed when I hear people say they’ve tried but they didn’t turn out good for them. So I thought I’d share what we do to make some amazing home fries.
- Oil - coconut, olive oil, canola, etc.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Wash and scrub the potatoes. I don't peel them, you can if you feel the need to, but my family doesn't care so I don't peel.
- Slice the potatoes into strips. Try to keep them about the same width. Put the sliced potatoes in a large bowl. If you are doing a lot, like 5 pounds or more, add water to your bowl to keep the potatoes from discoloring. I rarely do this but, again, you can if you want to.
- When all the potatoes are sliced drizzle some oil over them. I usually use coconut oil.
- Sprinkle some salt and pepper over them - don't be shy, potatoes NEED salt and pepper.
- Using you hands, toss the potatoes until they are all coated with oil, salt and pepper.
- Lay the slices on a baking sheet in a single layer.
- Bake for about 10-15 minutes or until the underside of the potatoes are brown and crisp.
- Turn the potatoes over
- Put back into the oven for another 5-10 minutes to crisp up the other side (now the new underside)
- Poke with a fork to make sure they are done.