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Having experienced a string of failed attempts at making French fries in the oven, I finally figured out this recipe which makes crispy and very delicious French fries without the deep-frying, and without the anxiety over potatoes stubbornly stuck to the pan.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Slice potatoes into strips lengthwise about 1/2" or 1/4" in width. Be careful not to slice potatoes too thin or they will fall apart after par-boiling. However, slices that are too thick will hold less crispy flavor.
- Place potato slices in a pot, and cover with water. Put on stove top to boil.
- Once the water has come to a boil, boil slices only about 3 minutes, or until you can prick a piece with a fork easily but without it breaking apart.
- Drain and dry potatoes. To dry, lay out slices on a clean surface and dab with a clean kitchen towel and repeat for other side. This is important; if potatoes are wet, the starchiness that comes out in the oven will cause the fries to stick to the pan.
- In a big bowl, mix oil, Adobo seasoning, paprika, garlic, and black pepper. Add potato slices and toss gently so that each piece is seasoned.
- On a baking sheet, arrange potatoes flat. If you do not have a non-stick pan, lightly spraying canola oil will help, but the oil from the fries should suffice.
- Bake for about 15 minutes; flip pieces so that the other sides can crisp and brown.
- Bake for another 15 minutes.
- When done, remove from pan to cool and dry on a cookie cooling rack for excess oil to drip away.