Potatoes are somewhat controversial these days, it seems like just about everyone is carb conscious and afraid of the dreaded “white foods” but in my house we go through a good deal of organic potatoes and white rice. They are absolute staples for my family for multiple reasons. They are cheap energy, they are filling, they are what my man folk enjoy. Although I am one of those people who tend to shy away from “the carbs” I really can not resist french fries, or in this case home fries. I always make my fries in the oven, I always use bacon grease, duck fat or butter. Why?
Texture. Fries need to be crispy. Using bacon grease, duck fat, chicken fat, lard, tallow or even butter not only helps with texture, but offers a stunning, hearty and earthy flavor to such a simple home cooked dish. (Not to mention there are all of the health benefits from the healthy fats) Baked home fries are not only less messy but they are a lot easier to prepare in bulk. You can make two or even three trays at a time but be sure to shuffle them now and again for even baking.
Baked Home Fries
Serves 2 very hungry People or 4 if you are more reasonable.
If you have a convection oven it really improves the recipe even further!
- 2-3 pounds of organic potatoes
- 4-5 tablespoons of “Fat” (See Note)
- 1 teaspoon of Celtic Sea Salt
-Additional seasonings as desired (we use cajun seasoning and old bay the most, about 2 teaspoons)
- Preheat oven to 450, If you are using a convection oven set it to Convect Bake: 425 (I sometimes go hotter but they need babysat a bit more with the higher heat)
- Wash your potatoes and cut them into 1/2″ cubes. I use this Vegetable/French Fry Cutterthen cut the fries into cubes.
- Place a half sheet pan into the oven with a few good gobs of fat. I use anywhere from 3-5 tablespoons. (If you are using room temp fat it will melt in seconds)
- Pat your cubed potatoes dry and place them onto the baking sheet.
- Sprinkle liberally with salt and spices of choice. Toss to coat.
- Spread the seasoned potatoes out into an even layer
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, toss the potatoes once or twice after the first ten minutes of baking.
Note: You can use any combination of fats you prefer. I always use bacon grease, duck fat or butter/ghee to help the fries to brown and crisp. (Also it adds delicious flavor) Coconut oil is good but a little bitta buttah goes a long way!
To help your home fries crisp up you can toss your potatoes with a few teaspoons of arrowroot or tapioca flour, this is especially helpful with sweet potatoes and carrots, they are a bit fickle when it comes to crisping up. (Add your seasonings to the flour for the best coating.)
Variations To Choose From- Use sweet potatoes, white potatoes, parsnips, turnips or any combination of your favorite root vegetables with : Chili powder, Cumin & Cinnamon, Paprika & Clove, Old Bay or Cajun Seasoning. Also consider flavored salts like Truffle Salt, Lemon & Rosemary Salt or Bacon Salt. (Of course you can always add some malt vinegar too!)
Why Organic Potatoes? Here’s Why … In short white potatoes are always best when purchased organic. Sweet potatoes are not as bad but most root vegetables absorb more pesticides than other conventional produce varieties and white/red/golden potatoes are sprayed with chemicals after they are harvested to prevent sprouting.