Oven fries are quite possibly the best side ever. Do you have a potato? You can make oven fries! Do you not have a potato? Go get one. Now you can make oven fries. (Well, okay, you need oil and salt too, but I’m assuming you have these things, yes?)
I posted a recipe for crispy oven fries last year and while that’s still my favorite way to make them, sometimes I don’t have time to fuss with the soaking and the foil and whatnot, in which case I usually cut my potato into fries or wedges, blot them dry with a paper towel, toss them with an oil that has a high smoke point (I like grapeseed oil), line them up on a baking sheet, and bake them for 30 to 40 minutes at 400ºF, until they’re browned in spots. While they’re perfectly tasty with ketchup for dipping, sometimes you want to make ’em a little fancier. You can do that too! Here are 4 ideas for spicing up your next batch of oven fries. (Literally and figuratively!)
Cajun Oven Fries // Cajun seasoning is something you should have on hand at all times. You can add that stuff to everything. When you’re tossing your fries in oil, add a little cajun seasoning (some brands are spicier than others, so be careful with it!). Easy!
Garlic & Parsley Oven Fries // While your fries are baking, chop a tablespoon or two of parsley and crush a large clove of garlic. Just before the fries are finished, take the baking sheet out of the oven, rub the garlic onto the fries, and bake for about 5 minutes more. When they’re done, sprinkle the parsley over the top.
Truffle & Parm Oven Fries // These are my personal favorite. Bake your fries like you normally would; when they’re finished, drizzle them with truffle oil and top with shredded Parmesan cheese and freshly cracked black pepper. So tasty!