There are two types of people in this world: Those who like soft French fries, and those who like crispy French fries. I fall into the latter camp. Extra crispy is the only way to go!
If you feel the same way, you’ll love to know that you can make oven-baked fries that pack a nice crunch. The trick is soaking them before baking, and baking at high heat. Give these fries a go and let me know what you think.
To Make Raspberry Ketchup
I was going to make a plain batch of homemade ketchup, but decided to throw in some raspberries right at the end for something a bit more interesting. The slightly sweet ketchup nicely complimented the salty French fries.
To make raspberry ketchup, you’ll need:
- 2 large tomatoes, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce (optional)
- 6 fresh red raspberries
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes. Set aside to cool. Transfer to a blender and puree until smooth.
Crispy Baked French Fries Recipe With Raspberry Ketchup
Yield: Serves 2
Soaking the potatoes is a critical step for crispy oven-baked fries. I soaked this batch for about an hour and changed the water twice to remove some of the starch.
2 large baking potatoes
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
Peel potatoes. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise. Place the cut side down and cut into 1/4 inch wide strips. Cut each strip into 1/4 inch fries. Rinse potatoes. Place in a bowl of cold water and refrigerate. Soak for 30 minutes to an hour, changing water twice. Drain potatoes and pat dry with a paper towel.
Preheat oven to 450F. Place parchment paper over a large baking sheet and coat with a little olive oil (or spray with cooking spray).
Place potatoes in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with spices. Toss to evenly coat. Place potatoes in a single layer on the baking sheet. Drizzle with a bit more olive oil. Bake for approximately 15 minutes, or until French fries are crisp.