When I was a girl my mom would make these when things were tight instead of buying prepackaged store fries. As kids we loved them but as things loosened up financially and we became busier convenience won out.
I started making homemade fries a couple of years ago. I can’t remember exactly why, but I think I forgot to buy fries and I was improvising. Turned out they were a big hit, especially with my husband. They taste way better and are much cheaper then store bought and it takes no time at all.
When I was a kid mom would have me rub oil on each fry. As an adult I realized how in efficient that was. Now I just pour some oil in the pan, add the potatoes and toss until they are all coated. I almost never buy store fries now.
Homemade Potato Fries
Potatoes (1 med-large sized potato per person)
Vegetable or Olive oil (for coating)
Salt, pepper, seasoned salt, or whatever else you like
Wash potatoes and leave the skins on.
Slice potatoes length wise and then slice desired thickness (you don’t want them too thin or they will over cook).
Pour oil into pan. Start with less as you can always add more if needed.
Dump fries into pan and toss to coat.
Spread out fries making sure that none are overlapping. You want them to be touching the bottom of the pan so they will crisp up.
Season with desired seasoning
Bake for 15-20 minutes @ 400 degrees F. until bottoms are lightly browned.
Flip and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes.
These taste great on their own but are great for dipping as well.
We use Yukon Potatoes on our house. The skins are thin and the meat of the potato is a buttery texture. I’ve also found that I have less trouble with them sticking to the bottom of the pan then regular brown potatoes. You can however use whatever kind of potato you like.
Have you tried making potato fries? What are some of your favorite seasonings?