Curry's Super Badass Oven Fries

by Curry
October 19th, 2006

Last night I had a crazy hankering for french fries, but of course have no fryer.  Here is a recipe I came up with for oven fries.  I call them Curry's Badass Oven Fries.  You'll need:

First things first, preheat the oven to around 400 degreees.  Let it get up to temperature, then start to fret that maybe that's too hot.  Turn it down to 375.  Give it a bit, then come to your senses, and turn it back to 400.  Drop it to 350.  Realize that you have no fucking clue about cooking a potato.  Crank it back up to 400.

Grab all of your potatoes.  I was making two servings (one for Norah, one for me), so for some reason I used six bigass potatoes.  You can probably get by with fewer.  Cut the potatoes into some wedges, about 1/4 of an inch thick.

Put the potatoes in a big bowl and toss them around with some salt, pepper, and a bit of olive oil.  Just enough oil to lightly coat the wedges.  Don't go all nuts with it.

Lightly oil a baking sheet.  Spread the fries out in an even layer, and throw those fuckers in the oven.

Let them bake for a while.  Say, 10 minutes.  Then take them out and realize that they aren't done.  Put them back in there for another 10 or whatever.  Check them out; if they seem pretty much done, pull them out.

Now is when the magic happens.  Stoke the oven way the hell up to around 500 degrees.  Flip the fries over on the sheet, and realize that you forgot to put on paprika.  Load them up with that spice, wait for the oven to come to temperature, and toss the fries back in there.  This second cooking is what makes the fries all crispy on the outside and not crispy in the middle.

At this point, you should go into the living room and turn on whatever you have Tivo'd.  Wait until the show is over, then suddenly realize you forgot about the damn fries.

Rush into the kitchen, and pull a sheet full of ruined cinders out of your smoking oven.  Toss them in the trash, and go out for pizza.