Sometimes I'm really busy you guys. Doing what, I don't honestly know. But I want to teach you all how to make french fries at home, not because I don't think it's okay to pick some up in the drive-thru every once in a while, but mostly because they are delicious and fun and because you can have french fries for dinner and not feel totally guilty. Potatoes are actually a healthy food, but we tend to you know, fry them in vats of oil or smother them with lots of butter and cream cheese, so they get a bad reputation.
Anyway, I know you're busy too, but I'm just going to encourage you to make these some afternoon or evening or Sunday or whenever your significant other is also simultaneously folding laundry and sanding a trunk and your kids are running around like crazies or when you have a night full of DVR to watch or freaking whenever. Because you should be able to enjoy french fries and not feel like you are so busy that you have to feel guilt. You deserve at least that.
Homemade French Fries
adapted from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook - these are my more basic instructions, feel free to make as many as you want.
potatoes, hopefully from the farmers' market or your CSA
kosher salt & pepper
any other seasonings your pantry is calling out to you
1. Preheat your oven to 450 F. Brush a baking sheet with about 2 Tbsp. olive oil.
2. Slice your potatoes into fry-sized wedges (I used about 5 medium). If you need a guide, grab a pen and make them about that width. Plunge them in a large pot of cold water. Bring to a simmer and let them cook just a few of minutes until they are not-quite fork tender (A fork should be able to pierce the potato, but not all the way through).
3. Using a slotted spoon, remove them from the water onto a clean kitchen towel. Dry thoroughly and transfer to the baking sheet. Drizzle with another Tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
4. Bake your french fries for 50-55 minutes, checking at the halfway point. You can stir them around if you'd like.
5. Serve with ketchup and enjoy!
Ps... This gorgeous whole foods blog by Jules Blaine Davis is awesome and I am smitten with her words.. you can feel how passionate she is about food.