Sometimes a girl just needs some fries -- definitely with a burger, and maybe with some fish. So, when I am cooking at home and in desperate need of fries, I make this recipe, which is exceedingly simple, easy, and delicious. There have never been leftovers. Ever.
¼ cup olive oil
Salt to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Wash the potatoes, and peel if the skins are gnarly, or just cut off the bad spots and leave the good skin on. Cut the potatoes into fry shapes. Soak cut fries in cold water as you cut until they're all done.
Dry the potatoes and place them in a roasting pan in a thin layer (don't layer them too deeply, or they'll be soggy). Liberally douse the potatoes with olive oil then toss with your hands to cover all (moisturizing your skin with the excess oil!). And flatten the potatoes into a layer on the tray again.
Sprinkle with salt and put the tray in the oven.
Skinny little fries can be done in a half hour. Fat fries can take an hour.
Roasted Potatoes (a variation)
If you are cooking for a crowd it's hard to make enough fries, but you can make roasted potato chunks. The last two times I made them for about 20 people, using two giant roasting pans, and got rave reviews both times.
Follow the exact same recipe as above, but cut the potatoes into chunks instead of sticks. Add some butter chunks for extra yumminess!
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