I have a completely embarrassing addiction to french fries. Just the idea of warm, crisp potatoes fills me with a sense of euphoria and makes my little mouth salivate like a Pavlovian dog. And nothing calls to the fry addict quite so much as a home baked french fry, redolent in olive oil, Pecorino Romano cheese, garlic and oregano, still bearing the earthy potato peel, soft inside, crisp outside, perfection through and through. Garlic Oregano Oven Fries with Pecorino Romano
As a lifelong lover of the French fry, it will not come as any surprise that this tendency was even more present during pregnancy. I diligently tried to keep to my good pregnancy nutrition plan, which included far more leafy greens and far less friend food. But every once in a while I couldn't resist the siren song of a good French fry. And when I was busy denying myself for so long, no simple run of the mill ordinary fry would do.
No, if you are going to indulge, you have to indulge in a fry that is bursting with savory flavor, tender on the inside and yet delectably crisp on the outside. Garlic, oregano, sea salt and Pecorino Romano cheese play off that essential potato-y goodness to make a fry that is out of this world.
1 baking potato
1 Tbsp olive oil
1.5 Tbsp gently packed finely shredded, aged Pecorino Romano*
1 large garlic clove, peeled and finely minced
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp sea salt
several turns freshly ground black pepper
* you can certainly use Parmesan here, but I think Pecorino is a more interesting choice that adds an unexpected flavor.
Cut the potato into wedges: First, cut in half lengthwise. Put the flat side down on the cutting board, and then cut into wedges approximately 1/4 inch thick. If too thick, it will cook too slowly. If cut too thin, they will tear when you try to flip them. But the most important thing is to cut them evenly.
While the oven preheats, soak the potato wedges in ice water (fully immersed) to remove excess starch. This will help crisp them in the oven.
After at least 15 minutes of soaking, drain the potatoes and pat them dry thoroughly.
Combine all the remaining ingredients in a medium bowl. Add the wedges and toss to coat. You may want to use a rubber spatula to spread the tasty goodness around. Make sure both sides of each wedge are coated with olive oil.
Lay the wedges out in a single layer on a small jellyroll pan. Because the oil will spread slightly when heated in the oven, a small sheet with edges, like the jellyroll pan, is preferable to a flat cookie sheet. If you desire, grate more finely grated fresh cheese on top.
Bake for 15 minutes on one side at 350. Flip. Bake for another 10 minutes on the second side. Then place the sheet approximately 4-5 inches from the broiler and broil until they reach your desired crispness. Watch closely with your eyes and nose to be sure not to burn the garlic. I found 4 minutes on high boil to be just right in my oven. If you really enjoy crispy fries, you'll want to flip them over and broil them on the other side as well.
Serve with your choice of: mayo, alioli, malt vinegar or ketchup. Or enjoy plain!
Garlic Oregano Oven Fries with Pecorino RomanoBy The Skinny Gourmet (E. McDonnell)