typically when making baked fries, they end up kind of soggy and not really nice and crunchy like regular french fries. but i can’t be deep frying (or going to mcdonalds) every time i want some fries. so i was super duper excited when i came across this recipe for garlic baked fries. they are absolutely the crunchiest, crispiest, most garlicy fries i’ve ever had. sooo good!
what is most amazing is the fact that they are baked not deep fried. you can’t usually get this kind of crunch with just baking potatoes. but the cornstarch helps a ton with making sure they are crispy on the outside but still nice and tender on the inside. just make sure to bake them long enough – we didn’t quite bake them all the way and there was a slight starchy taste to them. yuck. so even though you may need to bake a little longer than what it states in the recipe, keep baking it until they are really nice and golden brown. you’ll be glad you did.
first cut up your potatoes…
then combine the olive oil and garlic in a large bowl. microwave it for about 30 – 45 seconds just to warm it through.
transfer about 5 tablespoons of the garlic oil on to a foil lined baking sheet. it’s okay if some of the garlic bits come along too.
now toss the potatoes into your bowl with the reserved garlic and little bit of oil. mix it all up well so that all the potatoes are nicely covered with the garlic oil.
next cover the bowl with some plastic wrap and microwave the potatoes for 5-6 minutes, mixing in the middle. look how much the plastic wrap poofed up!
in the meantime in a medium bowl mix up the cornstarch, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
once the potatoes are done microwaving, pour the cornstarch mixture onto the potatoes and mix it up until all the potatoes are evenly coated. transfer the potatoes to the baking sheet and spread them out in an even layer.
bake the potatoes at 440 degrees F for 35-45 minutes, turning them once in the middle. finally they are ready to enjoy as a perfect side dish!