The Perfect Homemade Fries
These three ingredient homemade french fries are sheer crisp (and healthy) goodness. I feel like a good fry is essential from distracting the meat lovers in my life from the vegan burgers I always serve. Despite homemade buns, caramelized onions, handmade herb cashew sauces, etc., at the end of the day, a burger is not complete without fries. (I know many people are also here saying that no burger is complete without meat, but carbon footprint people...).
Plastic-Free and Delicious
Sadly, the fry can be an unfortunate recipe when made at home (soggy, raw and flavorless are a few adjectives that come to mind). That is why I know a lot of us turn to the crispy, well -seasoned fries available a la freezer section. However, as we are celebrating #plasticfreejuly, I am sharing this recipe which avoids the unrecyclable plastic freezer bags.
I contest though that these crispy fries are equally delicious. A key for them reaching fry perfection is giving them a thorough soak in cold water. I tried soaking them for both 1 hour and overnight (in the fridge) and while both were good, the overnight ones had an extra fluffy crunch- a key combination in the french fry world.
A Healthy Alternative
I guess it is worth mentioning that homemade fries baked or air fried are also infinitely more healthy than fried ones. May I even venture to say that they count as a serving of vegetables?
So onto crispy goodness. If you are trying to avoid plastic for this July (or every month), I hope these easy fries work out just as deliciously for you! If you are looking for a burger recipe to accompany these fries, may I humbly direct you to my Curried Chickpea & Sweet Potato Burger recipe.
The Perfect Homemade Fry Recipe
Servings: 2 (you can scale the recipe up for the number of people you are serving)
This easy, three ingredient fry recipe that rivals its deep fried competitors. You can scale the recipe up, but I recommend using the oven over the air fryer if you are cooking more than 2 potatoes worth of fries. This recipe can also contain as much salt as you want. I love salty fries so I add a vigorous pinch, but you can add just a light sprinkle if you are avoiding sodium. Either way you cook the fries, pull the them from the oven when they are golden and crisp according to your liking.
~ 1 large russet potatoes (per 2 people), washed, cut into 1/2 inch fries
~ Vegetable oil spray (I use organic avocado oil spray, which is good at high temperatures and has healthy fats)
~ Sea Salt (or your favorite salt based spice blend)
1) Place potato fries in a large bowl of ice water. Let sit for at least 1 hour or up to overnight in the fridge (the longer the better).
2) Dry the fries on kitchen towels to get off all the moisture.
3) Return the fries to the bowl, spray with avocado oil until evenly coated, turning them a few times. Sprinkle with the amount of salt or salt seasoning you desire (you can always spray the fries again later and add more salt if you want them saltier).
Air Fryer Baking Directions
1) Add the fries to the fryer basket, with a small amount of space between each fry ( you may have to do 2 batches, depending on the size of your fryer). (You do not need to preheat the fryer).
2) Bake for 20 minutes at 400 F, turning fries after 10 minutes. You can spray and/ or add more salt to the fries when you turn them if you want them extra crispy or salty. Enjoy immediately!
Oven Baking Directions
1) Preheat the oven to 425 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silpats.
2) Spread the fries on the baking sheet so there is a little space between each fry.
3) Bake for 25-30 minutes, turning the fries over after 15 minutes. You can spray and/ or add more salt to the fries when you turn them if you want them extra crispy or salty. Remove when golden brown and crisp. Enjoy immediately!