There’s something undeniably satisfying about the golden, crispy perfection of homemade French fries. While grabbing a bag of frozen fries or something from a restaurant is convenient, these options are often covered in seed oils and other mysterious ingredients and preservatives. Did you know that until the 1990s McDonald’s fried their French fries in beef tallow? Beef tallow is a fantastic fat that won’t oxidize at high temperature and is filled with essential nutrients Vitamin A, D, E, K and stearic acid.
Because tallow is nutrient dense, you will feel full and satisfied after eating them rather than continually craving more leading to overeating. Not only is it a great source of nutrients. It also makes a delicious French fry! Once you make your own tallow French fries, fries in restaurants will not compare.
Choosing the Right Potato
Not all potatoes are created equal when it comes to making French fries. Russet potatoes are the classic go to and work great because of their high starch content and low moisture. The starch helps create a fluffy interior, while the low moisture content contributes to a crispier exterior. However, Yukon gold potatoes are one of our favorites as well.
How To Make Homemade French Fries In Oven
Place a baking sheet in the oven. A cast iron baking sheet works best, but any baking sheet will do. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and place 1-2 tablespoon of tallow on the baking sheet to melt
Start by washing and peeling the potatoes. Slice them into ¼ inch thick pieces trying to keep them as uniform as possible to ensure even cooking.
Once the oven and baking sheet are preheated and the tallow is melted, add the fries to the pan, coating them in the melted tallow. Salt the fries generously, add any other seasoning, and toss until both oil and seasoning are evenly distributed.
Space the potatoes in an even layer to ensure all the fries cook evenly.
Bake for 20 minutes or until the bottoms turn golden brown, then flip and cook for another 10-20 minutes until both sides are crisp and golden brown.
Serve immediately and enjoy!
Homemade Oven French Fries
- Baking Sheet
- Vegetable Peeler
- 4 Potatoes peeled and cut into 1/4 inch sticks
- 2 Tbsp Grass Fed Beef Tallow more if needed to coat the fries
- 1/2 tsp Salt season according to your taste
- 1/2 tsp Parsley or Oregano (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place baking sheet with tallow in oven to allow the tallow to melt as the oven heats up. (Cast iron baking sheet works best but a pizza stone or regular baking sheet will work too.)
- While the oven is heating, peel and slice the potatoes into 1/4 inch thick slices. Try to make them as symmetrically cut as possible to ensure even cooking.
- Take baking sheet out of the oven and toss fries in the melted tallow. Add salt, herbs, or any other seasonings you would like on your fries. Toss until combined.
- Spread the potatoes out to allow them space. Overcrowding the potatoes will not allow them to crisp on the outside.
- Place baking sheet in oven and let cook for 20 minutes or until fries are golden brown on the bottom. Flip the fries and bake for another 10-20 minutes or until golden brown and crispy all around.
- Serve immediately or turn off oven and leave fries in it to keep them warm and crispy until ready to serve.