Step 3: Bake 'em

Coat a rimmed baking sheet with 5 tablespoons of oil and place in the oven to preheat until just smoking - 5-7 minutes (just like we do for perfect popovers!).

While oil is heating up, whisk together remaining tablespoon of oil with cornstarch and salt.

Add potatoes to bowl and toss gently to coat.

Carefully arrange the potatoes on the preheated baking sheet and bake until golden brown, 25-35 minutes.  Halfway through baking time, flip fries to brown evenly on both sides.  

Transfer to paper towels to blot dry and enjoy with your favorite condiments!  
Thanks for the great recipe. My wife said: "They don't need any ketchup". That is a very good complement because I have tried other methods and they definitely needed help from condiments. I put the cut potatoes in a 2 quart Corning Ware glass lidded square casserole dish instead of the bowl with the plastic wrap and that seemed to work well too.
<p>Good idea, using a cassarol dish!</p>
I just found a cool french fry cutter in a dumpster 20 minutes ago! Guess I know what's for dinner...
To bad the rest of the machine wasn't in the dumpster as well
That is amazing! I love that it says french fry cutter right on it!
So yeah, these came out so perfect! I added garlic powder and then sprinkled Parmesan cheese as soon as I took them out of the oven. SO GOOD!
I made these today, and they were AMAZING!!! Very tasty too!
I'm so glad you had success! I LOVE this recipe. I'm always amazed at how great the fries are. I hope you spread the word!
Awesome. We tried it yesterday night. Anna wanted to do the cooking (meatballs whith spaghetti), and then decided she doesn't want to.<br>So I ended up doing the cooking.<br>Like in my first comment on this instructable, I used a plate to cover the bowl of potatoes. Maybe not as funny as the bubbling plastic wrap, but it worked.<br>To cover the potatoes, I did as instructed, but it seemed to little oil being in the cornstarch. So I added more....<br>....DON'T.<br>The fries were a little to &quot;oily&quot; afterwards, but otherwise they were great.<br>Now I just have to get a fry cutter. I had to cut all my fries with a knife :-)<br><br>I also made pictures to prove that I really tried. I think you can see that they are indeed a little oily. The soon to be meatballs ended up as patties.
I dont have cornstarch any other suggestions? Or just cornstarch :p
<p>What happens if one has no cornstarch available?</p>
<p>You can find cornstarch next to the flour (usually) in the grocery store.</p>
How strange ! &hellip;&nbsp;You don't peel potatoes before frying them ??&hellip; <br>You recipe made my day as it reminded me the fighting over the &quot;pommes de terre frites&quot; recipes my grandmother and one of my aunt (one of her daughters) had when I was a child a long, long time ago. <br>My grandmother was all for the double fry in oil method. My aunt, being the youngest and more modernistic of all, was for oven baking. <br>Kids never complained as &quot;les frites&quot; was the treat of the week anyway !!!&hellip; <br>Thank you for reviving past memories !&hellip; <br>But please tell me why you don't peel your potatoes before frying them ?&hellip; <br>Because of the taste ? For vitamins or other dietary reason ? Or simply out of laziness ? Or ?&hellip; <br>Cheers and thank you for sharing. :D
<p>I didn't peel mainly for laziness. I don't taste it, there's at least some nutrients in the skin, and so there's little reason to have an extra step between you and delicious french fries, right?</p>
I do it strictly for the taste, but it's true that most of the potato's vitamins are in its skin. My mother thinks it's downright disgusting though, so I don't blame you if you want to peel them :D
<p>Only 20% of its nutrients are in the skin. Its most valuable resource is fiber, and one probably doesn't get enough on a French fry to justify it. I like a very crispy skin on baked potatoes, but for the best fries, I prefer peeled. </p>
Poor Mama : he daughter is so talented and so disgusting !!!!&hellip; LOL<br><br>Anyway you passed the test : to me taste and laziness were the only valid answer !&hellip;<br><br>As for taste I'll give it a try some day : you may open to me a whole new dimension to french fries. :D<br><br>Wish you a pleasant week.
<p>I made these a while back, and they were amazing! I accidently used the top rack instead of the bottom, but all that happened was that they got a little extra crispy! No more bagged fries for me... unless my mom buys them on sale.</p>
<p>I should have known this was a scoochmaroo thing! Trying them tonight. Of all the recipies I searched for, this one hit all the bases with the par cooking and baking.</p>
<p>Potatoes grow underground, so they aren't sprayed with pesticide. </p>
<p>I love oven baked fries for several reasons-- they are the best! I don't mean to rain on anybody's parade here, but using plastic wrap or heating foods in a microwave in plastics is not a great idea because this will release dioxins into the food which is cancer causing. You can check this out yourself on Snopes. Just use glass or ceramic...God knows our foods already contain enough bad stuff!!</p>
<p>I did check it on Snopes, and guess what! There are NO dioxins in plastic wrap! I use glass because I can handle it better without getting scalded, but neither microwaving nor freezing will make you ill. Freezing actually makes chemical transfer far slower. See for yourself</p>
do you absolutely need a microwave? because i dont have one D:
How dont you have a microwave
Because I can't afford one
Are you being a troll because if not we have a spare microwave I'd be willing to ship to you<br>
<p>Many people don't have microwaves. My apartment complex doesn't supply them so I haven't had one for over 2 years now. Haven't had a use for a microwave that whole time until now. So, I'd like to know if there's a good way to do this without using a microwave as well.</p>
<p>I have read something about microwaves a while ago, but don't know what they are or what they do ... I thought they were ripples in a pound or small waves in the sea.</p>
<p>I made these but cut my fries larger &amp; added some spices. They tasted just like they came off the Chip Truck!! Wicked fries and this is the only recipe I will ever use again!</p>
<p>Can someone try using bacon grease instead of cooking oil and tell me what they think?</p>
I made these fries last night. Awesome! Even better than the fries I make in the deep fryer, and less mess. Oh, and the tip about heating up the roasting dish before adding everything? Classic. Nothing stuck to the roasting pan.
My hubby has been bugging me to make him baked fries. I found ur recipe and tried it. This is a great recipe,my hubby can't stop eating and it really is crispy! <br>Thank u for this,from now now on I'll be making my own homemade great fries! :) <br>Here's a photo of what I made...
What does the cornstarch do? I had to Google it to find out what it was, so not sure if I can find that locally. Is it essential?
The cornstarch absorbs some of the potato's liquid and makes the fries crisper. Perhaps corn flour would work?
Cornstarch = US word <br>Cornflour = Aussie word <br> <br>They are exactly the same thing.
A fine idea, Scooch! <br>Who says cooking is not a creative art?
Would a crumpled up sheet of foil do the same thing? Let me think - you'd have to heat the oil on it, toss the fries, then crumple it with a spatula or something, but you wouldn't have to wash anything. This recipe is groundbreaking!
I wish someone would invent an oven pan for flipping fries.
I've taken to using a stainless steel cooling rack and putting it in a cookie pan. The rack holds to fries off the cookie pan allowing them to cook on both sides without needing to be flipped. The down side is now I've got two things to clean instead of just the cookie pan. Still, you don't have to horse with fries half way through and they're a snap to get off the cooling rack since there's so little area of contact.
You're a god damn genius.
I assume you microwave on HIGH, but that might be worth mentioning.
I made these tonight and they were delicious. Very crispy. I used a baking stone instead of a cookie sheet and had to cook just slightly longer than what the recipe suggested to get the right color and consistency. Next time, I will try to use a little less oil. There seemed to be enough of an excess, so I will be curious to experiment. My husband and I both enjoyed them. I will be making these again.
They look great. <br><br>How does the cornstarch work in this recipe? Does it just make the fries more crispy? (I thought they would absorb more oil that way)...
I wondered the same thing.
Next time I make oven fries, I will try out this method. Sounds wonderful.
Excellent. <br> <br>No ketchup needed, let me tell ya ! &acirc;€&brvbar;
Looks awesome. I think we do it similarly already. I think we never precooked in the microwave and have to get a slicer. <br>My wife recommended not using plastic in the microwave at all and suggested using a plate on top of the bowl to keep the steam in.<br>Anyway, I guess I'll try it. Just need to remember to precook in the microwave and cover with cornstarch (never tried that one before). Thanks.
its regular plastic wrap. it does that with spagetthios too. lol
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