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Crispy Oven Fries with Spicy Ketchup

There are 2 tricks that make these the best tasting oven-cooked fries:

  1. Parboiling the cut potatoes before  baking - this pulls excess starch from inside the potato pieces which can give them a mushy texture. It also leaves a layer of starch on the outside of each, which when heated adds to the crunchy coating.
  2. Placing the parboiled potatoes on a preheated baking sheet - this crisps the fries outer surfaces quickly so as the insides cook, it won't steam the outsides and make them soft).

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Cut potatoes lengthwise and into ¼” sticks. Place into a large pot with cold water. Let soak for 5 minutes, change water and let sit for another 5 minutes to remove the excess starch.
Drain water and fill again with cold water to just cover potatoes. Bring to a boil for 3 minutes. Drain, set out in an even layer and let dry for about 10 minutes.

Set oven to 450°F and preheat a baking sheet on the middle rack for about 10 minutes. Place potatoes sticks in a large bowl and gently toss with the oil. Arrange potatoes on the hot baking sheet in an even layer and roast for 15 minutes.
Turn fries over and roast another 8 minutes, then flip again until all sides are golden and fries are tender, about 35 minutes in total. After removing from oven, sprinkle with salt while they are still hot, to ensure the salt sticks.

 

For the spicy ketchup, combine all ingredients and warm slightly.

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Crispy Oven Fries with Spicy Ketchup
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 russet potatoes, peeled
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • Salt
Spicy Ketchup
  • ⅓ cup ketchup
  • ¾ tsp Sriracha (or other GF hot sauce)
  • ½ tsp GF Worcestershire
  • ¼ tsp curry powder
  • ½ tsp garlic salt
Instructions
  1. Cut potatoes lengthwise and into ¼” sticks. Place into a large pot with cold water. Let soak for 5 minutes, change water and let sit for another 5 minutes to remove the excess starch.
  2. Drain water and fill again with cold water to just cover potatoes. Bring to a boil, then allow to boil for 3 minutes. Drain, and set out in an even layer to dry on a clean towel.
  3. Set oven to 450°F and heat a baking sheet on the middle rack of the oven. Place potatoes sticks in a large bowl and gently toss with the oil. Arrange potatoes on hot baking sheet in an even layer and roast for 15 minutes.
  4. Turn fries over and roast another 8 minutes, then flip again until all sides are golden and fries are tender, about 35 minutes in total. Sprinkle with salt while still hot, to ensure the salt sticks.
  5. For spicy ketchup, combine all ingredients and warm slightly.
Notes
Parboiling the cut potatoes before baking removes excess starch which can give them a mushy texture.
Placing the parboiled potatoes on a preheated baking sheet crisps the fries outer surfaces quickly so as the insides cook, it won't steam the outsides and make them soft.

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