Sometime you just need french fries. You can be as healthy as you want, there’s just some days when a big plate of fries just sounds so good.
Look at that, doesn’t it look amazing?
French fries don’t always have to be a greasy fast food nightmare. They’re so easy to mix up and bake in the oven right at home!
My roommate and I love potatoes. We’d eat them 7 days a week if we had the time. We make them all different kinds of ways, in the frying pan, in the oven, homefries, french fries, baked potatoes, potato skins, mashed potatoes… You name it, we’ve probably done it.
My favorite way to make potatoes is what I’ve come to call “breakfast potatoes”. Super simple, just potatoes cut into cubes, shaken with oil and spices, baked, and eaten with ketchup and other breakfast foods. I love it cause they take five minutes to prep and you can change up the spices to give it some variety.
So I got home around 3ish the other day and was ready for a snack. I went to make some breakfast potatoes when I realized it was waaay past breakfast, so I cut the potatoes into matchsticks instead and that’s how I got Spicy Fries! Works perfectly, and they’re so easy I’m definitely going to be making this all the time!
This recipe is so easy, it’s only got 4 ingredients! The potatoes, vegetable oil and salt are mandatory for any kind of french fries, but you can swap out the cayenne for other spices if you’d like. We tend to make them different every time! Some of our favorites are Italian seasoning, or garlic and onion powder, or a combination of both! We’ve even put a mystery Indian spice my roommate had on them before, it turned out awesome.
Wash the potatoes good and then cut them up into fry shaped pieces. Try to make them even (which I completely failed at here…) because they’ll cook more evenly that way. Usually about 1/2 an inch thick is a good size.
Once they’re cut up, shake the potato sticks in the oil with the salt and spices. I usually like to put everything in a big white plastic bowl I have because I can put the lid on and just literally shake everything around so it gets mixed up real good and evenly. If you don’t have something like that, a good old fashioned bowl and spoon work just as well.
Spread the potatoes out evenly in a single layer on a baking sheet. No need to spray it, the oil on the fries usually keeps it from sticking too bad and you’ll have to go in and move them around every now and then anyways. Now here’s the secret to perfect crispy fries – I cook them at 400 for the first 20 minutes, making sure to shake them around and flip them over every so often, and then I crank the heat up to 450 for the last 15 minutes. This gives them that perfect crispy outside that I just love on fries. Make sure to eat them while their warm, and with lots of ketchup!