I got this from Devin Alexander's cookbook, Fast Food Fix. They are wonderful! They taste very close to a full fat version of McDonald's fries. Enjoy!
- Bring water to boil in a saucepan over high heat. Add one teaspoon of salt.
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Peel potatoes and slice into 1/4 inch fries.
- Weigh the potatoes and measure out 9 ounces.
- Transfer potatoes to boiling water and cook exactly 2 1/2 minutes.
- Drain in colander and let cool (about 5 minutes).
- Transfer cooled potatoes to a mixing bowl and add oil and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
- Mix gently to coat.
- Spread in a single layer on a non stick baking sheet.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until crisp and golden.
- Turn every five minutes during the last half of cooking.
- Add the remaining salt if desired. (I found them plenty salty without).
- Note: Mine took 30 minutes to achieve the right level of crispiness--so check for crispness before removing from the oven.
- Chef Alexander states that this recipe is equal to a medium order of fries and has 5 grams of fat (as opposed to 17 grams of fat in the original version).
I just made these because I was havinga craving for homemade fries and while my recipe is very good, I often find the center of my old recipe fries is not as soft as I'd like (my usual recipe does not boil the fries before cooking; quite the opposite, it calls for the fries to be soaked in cold water). So I tried this simply for the cooking method and the word "Mc Donald's didn't hurt. I read the other reviews and figured the amount of salt would be too much for me, as I don't like super salty fries. It turned out wonderfully, this was the first time I had crispy fries from the oven. Thank you for posting this recipe!
I could see where this does taste a little like McD's fries. I used alot less salt and added cayenne pepper to ours. I also left the skin on. Next time (definitely making again), I'll cook it a little bit longer since we like ours crunchier. Very good!! Made for I Recommend Zaar Tag Game 2010.
I'm going to give this a two part review because I think reactions to this will differ based on whether you are comparing them to other baked or deep fried versions. These really do mirror the famed spuds of McD's and if you are looking for a healthy rendition of that fry, you must make these and will be thrilled with the find. I know were I serving these to my teenage nephews they would give them 10 stars, no reservations. As someone who regularly eats baked fries, I actually found found these to be a little oily. Also managed to discover that I prefer a thicker cut of fries. Will certainly make these again, none the less.