French fries are an American favorite, especially when eating out. However, most restaurant fries are deep fried in oils that are less than optimal. Typically GMO and pesticide laden vegetable oils are used, which are not made to be reheated over and over again. The oil becomes rancid after its first use.
These oils also oxidize when exposed to air and create what is known as aldehydes when heated at high temperatures, both of which are not good for the body. (Learn more about good and bad fats here.)
Instead, you can make your own healthy baked fries at home like we do.
Oven Baked Fries
4 to 6 medium organic red or Yukon Gold potatoes
2-3 tbsp. duck fat (like this one) or organic coconut or avocado oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Garlic powder to taste (optional)
Preheat oven to 400F degrees. Wash the potatoes and slice them into long fries about 1/2″ thick each. (Removing peel is optional.)
Place the cut fries into a large baking pan with sides. (I like to use glass.) Drizzle the fat of choice over the fries and stir/toss with a spatula until all the fries are covered and the pan is nicely greased. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add optional garlic powder.
Bake in oven until tender, approximately 20 to 30 minutes, turning the fries at least once.