Oven-Baked French Fries – Cooking with Kid Recipe

Oven-Baked French Fries - by Little Spoon and Spice

Crispy… guilt-free… French fries… Yes please! With the perfect crunch, you’d never guess they’re oven baked.

Lately I’ve been making these as a quick side dish. They go well with so many things…hand-breaded chicken tenders, burgers (Bryan’s favorite), grilled chicken, pork chops, etc. Besides a bit of time for the cut potatoes to soak, they take little effort. If you are one of the many that needs to make supper within 30 minutes of getting home, cut them up the night before.

Cut potatoes should be submerged in water in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, but no more than 24 hours. This important step helps draws out the excess starch to prevent them from sticking together, and maximizes the crispness. Longer than 24 hours could impact the flavor of the potato.

If you like your fries crispy and crunchy, cut them into 1/4 inch -1/2 inch thick pieces and heat at 450F for 25-30 minutes, if you like a little crisp but a soft inside or a larger fry, cut them larger, 1/2” – 3/4” and cook at 425F for 30-40 minutes.

OK, let’s start cooking. Here’s a list of supplies you’ll need:

  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Cutting Board
  • Chef Knife
  • Baking sheet

Oven-Baked French Fries - by Little Spoon and Spice

Oven-Baked French Fries - by Little Spoon and Spice

Oven-Baked French Fries - by Little Spoon and SpiceOven-Baked French Fries - by Little Spoon and Spice

Oven-Baked French Fries - by Little Spoon and Spice

AGE APPROPRIATE COOKING TASKS

Every child’s ability varies depending on maturity or cognitive and physical ability. Parents need to use their own discretion when assigning tasks. These are general guidelines for the Homemade Oven Baked French Fries.

Younger than 3 years old

  • Name and count ingredients with child
  • Fill bowl with water
  • Wash potatoes
  • Placed cut potatoes in bowl of water
  • Drizzle and toss potatoes with olive oil

3 – 5 years old

  • All of tasks from younger than 3 years old
  • Count and measure ingredients
  • Arrange cut potatoes on baking sheet to ensure no overlapping
  • Sprinkle salt with French fries

6 – 7 years old

  • All of the younger tasks

8 – 9 years old

  • All of the younger tasks

10 – 12 years old

  • All of the younger tasks
  • Cut potatoes into matchsticks with chef knife
  • Bake french fries in oven

FRIENDLY REMINDERS:

  • Wash everyone’s hands!
  • Clean all work surfaces before starting.
  • Leave tasting until the end. Your child might not understand the difference between a ready-to-eat ingredient and a raw unsafe ingredient.
  • It is okay for your kitchen to get a little messy.
  • Keep in mind that your child is learning, so patience is key!

Oven-Baked French Fries

Prep Time1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Servings: 4 - 4 ounce servings
Calories: 153kcal
Author: Stacey Weichelt, RDN, CD

Ingredients

  • 1 lb 3 large russet potatoes, cut into ½” matchsticks
  • 2-3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt or your favorite seasoning

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450℉.
  • Wash the outside of the potatoes.
  • Cut potatoes into ½” matchsticks.
  • Place cut potatoes into a bowl of cold water for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator or up to 24 hours. Do not skip this steps – the water will draw out the excess starch will prevent them from sticking together and making them crispy.
  • Strain potatoes and pat with a lint free towel to remove any excess water. I prefer to use a flour sack towel. Place dried potatoes on baking sheet.
  • Drizzle potatoes with olive oil and toss until potatoes are evenly coated. Spread potatoes evenly on baking sheet so no potatoes are overlapping.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, flipping after 20 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with salt (or your seasoning of choice).

Notes

If you prefer a thicker French fry, try baking at 425℉ for 30-40 minutes.

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