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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Perfect Oven Baked Fries


These fries (well pictures of these fries) have been shared all across the Internet, probably because they are baked and totally Paleo/Whole 30-friendly but look and taste like the real deal. These are a family favorite and something I often serve to friends and family. They are perfect paired with grilled chicken or steak salads, bunless burgers, or pulled pork, and, of course, dipped in lots of ranch (my favorite recipe here: https://www.whole-sisters.com/dump-ranch/). Below is my foolproof method for perfect baked fries, but first a few notes: I think the oil I use may have something to do with how crispy they are. I use avocado oil, which has a really high smoke point, and I think that allows the fries to get crispy without burning. My favorite brand is Primal Kitchen foods (https://www.primalkitchen.com/), and I am able to find it in the baking aisle with the other oils at my local Kroger. Another note of importance is the the draining process. (Don’t skip this step! The salt forces out a lot of the excess water in the potatoes, and this another key to the perfect batch of oven fries.)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Slice potatoes into thin slices (roughly the same size). Place in colander, and toss with salt. Let the potatoes sit in the colander (I usually have mine in the sink) for 20-30 minutes to drain all the excess water. Pat potato slices dry with a paper towel. (This step is annoying but it makes a big difference.)

Toss dried slices in avocado oil and lay out on two greased baking sheets, making sure that none are touching. Sprinkle on salt and garlic powder. Bake for 25 minutes, flip fries, and then return to the oven for another 15 minutes. (Confession: I rarely flip these anymore, and end up with a slightly softer side and slightly more crispy side, but perfection can be overrated when you’re trying to keep everyone alive and get dinner on the table.) I usually just bake for 30-35 minutes until crispy and brown. You may want to watch them the last 5-10 minutes for your first batch as everyone's oven is different.

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