Extra Crispy Oven Baked French Fries

When it comes to French fries, the single most important thing is the crispiness factor.  We all know what typically makes the fries so crispy is the fact that they take a nice long, deep swim in a huge vat of oil.  However, I am not a fan of that method.  Why?  Because….
When it comes to French fries, the single most important thing is the crispiness factor.  We all know what typically makes the fries so crispy is the fact that they take a nice long, deep swim in a huge vat of oil.  However, I am not a fan of that method.  Why?  Because….


Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

For the Fries:
  • 3 medium russet potatoes (russet are the best choice for perfect crispy fries)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan (optional)

Directions:
  1. Combine seasoning ingredients in a small bowl; set aside.
  2. Wash and peel the potatoes. Cut off the ends. With a very sharp knife, cut the potatoes into thin slices about 1/4 inch wide.
  3. Add the fries to a large bowl and cover with cold water. Allow them to soak for at least 30 minutes but they can soak for as long as overnight. (Place in the fridge if soaking more than an hour).
  4. After the fries have soaked, drain, rinse, and lay the fries on a paper towel lined cooling rack to dry while you preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Blot the tops with additional paper towels to absorb any excess moisture.