It’s been a while since I’ve made homemade fries. The last time I made them I was pretty excited, because you know, even though they seem simple, they’re not always the easiest to get just right. Well, I think I’ve come across an even better recipe, one I found on lottie + doof.
There are some tricks in this recipe that I think make the fries come out just right. First, you microwave the potatoes before you put them in the oven in order to speed up the cooking progress. Second, a little cornstarch is sprinkled over them to create a nice crusty coating. And Lastly, you bake the fries in oil that’s been infused with garlic (delicious!).
After about 40 minutes in the oven your apartment will be filled with the smell of garlic and you’ll have lovely golden potatoes waiting to gobbled up. Oh man, these made me happy! The outside is nice and crispy while the inside is fluffy and soft. They’re pretty garlicky, but then again, that just adds to the goodness. The only thing that would make these better is some homemade ketchup.
Garlicky Oven baked Fries
6 garlic cloves, minced
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 russet potatoes (about 8oz each), each cut into 12 wedges
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ cup shredded parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 475° F. Combine the garlic and oil in a large bowl and microwave until the garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute. Transfer 5 tablespoons of the oil (leaving the garlic in the bowl) to a rimmed baking sheet, tilting the sheet to coat.
Add the potatoes to the bowl with the remaining oil mixture and toss to coat. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and microwave on high power until the potatoes are translucent around the edges, 3 to 6 minutes, shaking the bowl to redistribute the potatoes halfway through cooking.
Combine the cornstarch, salt, pepper, garlic powder,cheese and cayenne in a small bowl. Sprinkle over the hot potatoes and toss well to coat. Arrange the potatoes in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet and bake, turning once, until deep golden brown and crisp, 30 to 40 minutes. Serve.