Early this year I made a few varieties of french fries; Steak Fries and Easier French Fries. But still, I am looking for a healthier way to cook them, but still get that great french fry taste. A recent America’s Test Kitchen episode promised just that: It opened with Chris Kimball munching on a plate of french fries, but set the plate aside to try these Crisp Roasted Potatoes.
The recipe is here. First, slice the potatoes 1/2-inch thick. Because they are sliced to an even thickness they will all cook at the same rate, regardless of potato size. Preheat oven and sheet pan to 450-degrees. Cover with 1-inch of water in a dutch oven, bring to boil. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes. Drain in colander, and put in large bowl. Dress with 2 tablespoons oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt; Toss using a rubber spatula. Then dress with another 2 tablespoons oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Again toss using a rubber spatula, this time for 1 to 2 minutes. Drizzle the final tablespoon oil on the hot sheet pan, quickly add potatoes in a single layer and bake first side for 20 minutes. Flip and bake second side for another 10 minutes.
I can only rate these 3-stars, but this is not the final word on this recipe. In a few weeks I will revisit it taking into account the following issues:
- Not only am I embarrassed about my baking sheet (photo below), but the dark spots (and rusty spots on underside) caused the potatoes to cook unevenly; even after rotating the pan during baking. Solution: my beautiful new sheet pan is in the mail. Here are ATK’s 2009 ratings.
- My shameful sheet pan is also small, and only fit 2 pounds of potatoes.
- I forgot to salt the water with 1 tablespoon. It would have definitely helped even out the flavors.
- The yukon gold potatoes called for in the recipe gave extra sweetness that I didn’t like. ATK specifically chose this potato for the texture, but next time I will try russets for the taste.
- 1/2-inch may be too thin. By the time they finished cooking they were more like 1/4-inch. Like thick potato chips. Next time I will go a little thicker, perhaps 5/8-inch.
- The whole idea of these is to be healthier than french fries, but still 5 tablespoons is no small amount.
How much work? Small-to-Medium.
How big of a mess? Small-to-Medium.
Start time 6:00 PM. Dinner time 7:00pm