September is National Potato Month! So let’s drop in on these last couple days just in time to prepare something incredibly delicious.
Oven fries are one of my favorite ways to prepare food, in the world. French fries, pommes frites, steak fries – actually all the ways to make potatoes – to me, equal evidence that I live in a kind and benevolent Universe.
This mix is so delicious and colorful – which makes it all the more nutritious. It’s a recipe I’ve wanted to share for a long time and, in fact up until now there has been no recipe.
Make these for the first time with the guidance here, then after that make them anyway / fashion / with any combination you’d like. (Just between you and me, a big batch of these made just with Yukon gold potatoes is my #1 preference 😉
Mixed Crinkle Oven-Fries
1 medium sweet potato or yam, peeled
2 small purple potatoes
2 small Yukon gold potatoes
1 large red-skinned potato
1 large russet potato
Vegetable oil, about 1/3 cup or more if needed
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to season
Preheat oven to 475F and line a large baking sheet with foil and oil it lightly.
Scrub all potatoes well to remove any marks or fresh dirt ;).
With crinkle cutter (or large sharp knife), cut all potatoes in thick slices. Crinkle (or straight) cut thick slices into French-fry strips, about 1/2”. Place all potato strips in large bowl.
Gently wipe strips dry with paper towel; this will allow the oil to coat the potatoes better.
Coat mix of potatoes generously with vegetable oil, and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper as desired.
Toss well so that all colors are mixed, and transfer to baking sheet in single layer.
Bake for 22 minutes. With rubber spatula, toss fries around to brown evenly. Bake for another few minutes if necessary, until “fried” to desired doneness.
Yields about 4 side servings.
Potatoes with green spots have been chilled and are not recommended for purchase. (Potatoes are best not stored in the refrigerator.)
Use any mix of potatoes that you prefer. Children of all ages are quite fascinated by purple potatoes in my experience, so find them at gourmet grocers, farmers markets, and from my friends at Farm Fresh Produce at the Original Farmers Market.
Any type of oil that you prefer will work well, even very soft or melted coconut oil!