French fries are a great American love and sadly also one our most consumed sources of vegetables. I know, I don't consider it a vegetable either. Ketchup technically qualifies as well. I know, I know. When I decided to start eating a healthier diet I thought french fries were a thing of the past, an occasional treat, but I was wrong! We can have our fries and eat them too! I actually enjoy these more than most restaurants fried versions and definitely more than fast food places. I generally let the potato be my portion guide and plan on using one potato per person. If they are big fry fans you might want to up it to 1.5 per person. The spice mix I use is based on a local organic restaurant that I love. It took me a few visits to figure out what they were using but I did it. I thought it was just magic but nope, the secret is thyme. Sounds weird but trust me, it really adds something. If you think the kids won't eat it you can always do half and half but I find the grown up version to amazing. So amazing in fact I ate 2 servings last night for dinner. Don't tell anyone ;)
Sexy Baked French Fries (Adapted from The Comfort of Cooking)
2 Large Russet Potatoes
4 Tbsp Canola or Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Dried Thyme
1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
Sea Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper
Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
Wash potatoes and slice them into even size slices. Place in a large mixing bowl and cover with hot water for 20-30 minutes. Place 3 Tbsp oil on a heavy rimmed baking sheet and spread out evenly with a pastry brush or coat with cooking spray. (I find the oil works much better) Set aside
Drain potatoes and pat dry with paper towels. Dry out bowl and put potatoes back in bowl with 1 Tbsp oil, thyme, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Place on oiled baking sheet in a single layer. Cover with foil and bake 5 minutes (this step is important because you cooking the potatoes through at this point). Remove foil and baked 10-15 minutes. My oven runs very hot so I go more to the 10 minutes. Remove from oven and flip fries over, rotate baking sheet to ensure even browning and bake an additional 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and blot on paper towels. Add additional salt and pepper if needed.
Serve immediately with your favorite ketchup or dipping sauce.