Oven Fries — CRISPIER Than Deep-Fried

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  • Published: 27 June 2019
  • Oven fries that are better than deep-fried? Maybe. Easier and cleaner? Definitely! Thanks to Squarespace for sponsoring this video. Go to Squarespace.com for a free trial, and when you’re ready to launch, go to squarespace.com/ragusea and add code “RAGUSEA" at checkout to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain.

    I suppose this is more of a techniques than a recipe. Take whatever potatoes you want. Peel them, or don't. Cut them into fry-like shapes, being sure to get roughly equal thickness, and cut them maybe twice as thick as you want them — they'll shrink a lot during cooking. I do one large Russet potato per person. Boil them until you're afraid they're going to fall apart — I do about eight minutes. Gently drain them and lay them on a pan wide enough to hold them all in a single layer. Drizzle on enough oil to thoroughly coat all the pieces. Shake the pan to coat the pieces and get the fries evenly distributed.

    Roast at 450ºF. Check on them after 45 minutes — add more oil if they look dry, and move around any pieces that seem to be cooking unevenly. Roast them some more until they're brown and crispy, maybe another 45 minutes. Be careful not to overcook them — very brown will taste burned. You can pull them when they're still a little floppy, because they will harden as they cool. The ones I made in the video are just a bit overcooked.

    Place kitchen towel or a couple layers of paper towel in a large bowl, and dump the fries in. Let the towel soak up the excess oil, and then whip it out. Season the fries in the bowl and then toss. I use coarse salt, pepper, garlic powder, chopped cilantro and grated parmesan.

    MY COOKING PHILOSOPHY: I don't like weighing or measuring things if I don't have to, and I don't like to be constantly checking a recipe as I cook. I don't care that volume is a bad way of measuring things — it's usually easier. I like for a recipe to get me in the ballpark, and then I like to eyeball and improvise the rest. If you're like me, my goal with these videos is to give you a sense of how the food should look and feel as you're cooking it, rather than give you a refined formula to reproduce.
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  • Adam Ragusea
    Adam Ragusea   5 months back

    Q: What do you mean you devised this recipe? I've seen this before.
    A: Cool! I haven't seen another recipe that applies the par-boiled roastie technique to a fry shape, but I'm not at all surprised to hear that others exist. There's nothing new under the sun. But I did work out the particulars of this one on my own. Totally possible I just reinvented the wheel. Still good fries, though!

    Q: Have you thought about adding baking soda to the water to make the outside more crispy?
    A: No, but I'm intrigued. Alkalinity helps with browning. I will say, however, that I'm not sure I would want to accelerate the browning process on these. The interior needs a long cooking time in order to get really soft and fluffy, and I wouldn't want the exterior to get overly brown while I'm cooking the interior. Really dark brown on these tastes burned.

    Q: Have you thought about roughing up the fries a bit before they go in the oven to get more fluffy exterior that'll go crisp in oil?
    A: That works great with a more conventional roast potato shape, but these long thin shapes are really delicate when they first go in the roasting tray. That little shake I give them is about all the trauma they can take at that stage.

    Q: What's up with that thumbnail?
    A: I thought it was funny and intriguing! (And yeah, maybe I thought it could draw the ASMR crowd...)

    Q: Have you thought about using a slotted pan?
    A: I'm intrigued, but would't the oil drip out the bottom? We need that oil.

    Q: What's up with you having ads now?
    A: A man has to make a living for his family. Also, Squarespace really is good. http://squarespace.com/ragusea

    Q: What's up with two ad breaks per video?
    A: The particular format of the ads is negotiated on a case-by-case basis with the sponsor. You'll see a different format in next week's recipe. Personally, I like this format, because it discloses the sponsorship arrangement right off the bat, but then gives you some more content before you get to the main ad body.

    Q: Why was your first talking-head shot out of focus?
    A: I shoot by myself, and the talking-head shots are tough. I had my camera on face-tracking autofocus, I could see on the monitor that it had zero'd in on my face, but it's not possible for me to see on a tiny monitor halfway across the room if the shot really is in focus. Between this and my day job, I really don't have time to go back and fix stuff unless it's a real disaster. I'm learning every video, though, and I think it'll all keep getting better. The entire reason I started making cooking videos in the first place was to work on my video skills. I'm still pretty new to the medium.

    Q: Why were some of your shots over-exposed?
    A: I'm still really struggling with how to light and expose for white ingredients. I'm working on it. Everything looks overexposed on the cheap field monitor I'm using, so that's no help. I've tried using the level meter, but the black table and the white plates just seem to throw it off.

    • u mom gae
      u mom gae  2 days back

      What if you want to make these with sweet potatoes?

    • hippity hoppity i'm taking the property
      hippity hoppity i'm taking the property  1 weeks back

      Adam Ragusea
      wow ur so cool tat u take time to reply to dat comments :)

    • jtan163
      jtan163  2 weeks back

      Nothing to see here, move along...

      Everyone par cooks their chips before the deep/final fry - don't they?
      In Aussie fish shops (as in fish and chips, not fresh seafood ) they don't par boil, they par fry but then the final fry finishes and crisps the chop.

      PS for really crispy roast potatoes brush some oil on them (the roasting potatoes) too and crank up the heat for the last 10 mins or so.

    • Not You
      Not You  3 weeks back

      You said yourself you have a day job. It’s not like this is your primary source of income. And if you raise capable children they will earn scholarships for school. Thing is everyone understands why ad spots exist, it doesn’t make them less annoying. And it’s not baseless complaining, it makes it harder to enjoy a video one would otherwise enjoy, meaning one is less likely to watch and enjoy future videos. I’d highly recommend Patreon for an additional source of income rather than mid video ads. Much less annoying and you might even get more support than you expect. Good luck dood.

    • Naused feels Nausea
      Naused feels Nausea  1 months back

      I should never press read more

  • Finn Wain
    Finn Wain  5 hours back

    These look like my dads roast potatoes

    • chiefnut48
      chiefnut48  7 hours back

      Those were delicious. Thanks for the tips.

      • FreshPeanut
        FreshPeanut  9 hours back

        As a British citizen, I can thoroughly say, this makes me feel very patriotic.

        • Roland Wimmer
          Roland Wimmer  9 hours back

          "Great british roasties have an exterior like glass.."

          You've never met a roastie.. xD

          • Meta 6
            Meta 6  13 hours back

            i was skeptical at 1st but your right you win...

            • CeeJay1872! !
              CeeJay1872! !  13 hours back

              Crisper than frying but not tooth friendly

              • Paroxysmic
                Paroxysmic  13 hours back

                "You gotta think like a brit."

                *happy brexit noises*

                • How to Cook
                  How to Cook  16 hours back

                  Wow love your idea but the problem is just for chips we don’t have 30 minutes to cook chips. Deep fry cooks in 2 minutes

                  • Hotel Diablo
                    Hotel Diablo  20 hours back

                    Idk why but chewing sounds are always disgusting af. Thanks for giving me anxiety

                    • Dawn Philipsen
                      Dawn Philipsen  1 days back

                      0:07 MARKAPLIER?!?!?!?!?!? IS THAT YOUUUU

                      • PUPPYMONKEYLEO
                        PUPPYMONKEYLEO  1 days back

                        These are the tastiest looking fries I have ever seen..

                        • Ján Kalanin
                          Ján Kalanin  2 days back

                          Damn i gotta try this

                          • Hugh Janus
                            Hugh Janus  2 days back

                            Don't trust this terrible recipe at all. That much oil when cooking in an oven will make them truly disgusting, deep fat frying will come out way less oily as they won't completely absorb it like this

                            • Yeoh Zi Shen
                              Yeoh Zi Shen  2 days back

                              Just tried this with an air fryer, could only fit a single potato in. Crsipy but i didn't add enough oil so its dry. I don't know why but no matter how much salt a season I can't taste the salt, im guessing salting the boiling water would help? Anyways 5/10, would try with some adjustments again.

                              • lki ry
                                lki ry  2 days back

                                For a second i thought this was a asmr video

                                • Level 100,000,000 GodFather

                                  This recipe is sooo good

                                  • GourmetGilda
                                    GourmetGilda  2 days back

                                    I guess there just fried in the oven !what a shame.

                                    • GourmetGilda
                                      GourmetGilda  2 days back

                                      Fries are one thing ,gross burnt fries are just bad!

                                      • Astr0s
                                        Astr0s  2 days back

                                        Ragu Sea.

                                        • Matt H
                                          Matt H  3 days back

                                          Shows Union Jack flag
                                          Plays America, My Country ‘Tis of Thee

                                          • tim johansen
                                            tim johansen  3 days back

                                            I dont believe they're crunzy

                                            • BobPlays l Agario l Uncuts

                                              How thicc ?

                                              • Kazz MC
                                                Kazz MC  3 days back

                                                Mate if you want to grow.. don’t shove ads in our face one on one.. we get enough of that shiz

                                                • nit Inundate
                                                  nit Inundate  3 days back

                                                  I have a question, can you use this same method on a convection oven?

                                                  • LazyContent
                                                    LazyContent  3 days back

                                                    I AM A GUY WHO JUST EATS FRIES

                                                    • Matthew Yoseph
                                                      Matthew Yoseph  3 days back

                                                      Who thought it was going to be about ASMR

                                                      • Brittany Kreider
                                                        Brittany Kreider  3 days back

                                                        This is the first video I've heard from you, and you have an Alton Brown inflection in your tone. I'd wager he was a positive influence on your food knowledge :)

                                                        • Davis Schina
                                                          Davis Schina  3 days back

                                                          Hey I eat baked potatoes alone sometimes

                                                          • Intro Master
                                                            Intro Master  3 days back

                                                            "easy and clean"

                                                            That's my type of fries

                                                            • Tim 721
                                                              Tim 721  3 days back

                                                              Now i know how you guys are beying so fat😁

                                                              • Bec
                                                                Bec  4 days back

                                                                Yep, this is definitely the way to go with chips in the UK, I always parboil them till they have a slightly fluffy, crumbly exterior, lots of oil or even goose fat if you're doing Christmas roast potatoes. Then in the oven. Taste amazing.

                                                                • aegismsg
                                                                  aegismsg  4 days back

                                                                  can you teach us about ovens?

                                                                  • pade5
                                                                    pade5  4 days back

                                                                    Hi Adam, what’re your thoughts on air frying potatoes?

                                                                    • cancerous retarded guy n

                                                                      This comment is a disappointment

                                                                      • BarryTheChopper
                                                                        BarryTheChopper  4 days back

                                                                        Anyone with misophonia scrolled past this video faster than the flash.

                                                                        • Ken-DOLL
                                                                          Ken-DOLL  4 days back

                                                                          Poutine please!

                                                                          • Leonardo Dominguez23
                                                                            Leonardo Dominguez23  4 days back

                                                                            Your wrong Mr.potatoe makes the best fries 🍟

                                                                            • The Media Lies Against Islam

                                                                              ‘Nobody only eats a plate of fries.’

                                                                              Eats ONLY a plate of fries as one of the most comforting snacks on cold British nights.... and days.

                                                                              • F.B.I Bi
                                                                                F.B.I Bi  4 days back

                                                                                In the beginning he sounded like he was rapping

                                                                                • Oofington
                                                                                  Oofington  4 days back

                                                                                  I’m a Brit and I approve this message

                                                                                  • Serena Greaney
                                                                                    Serena Greaney  4 days back

                                                                                    “nobody just eats a plate of fries”

                                                                                    me: •o•

                                                                                    • Dark Whizky
                                                                                      Dark Whizky  5 days back

                                                                                      Sooooo just deepfrying in an oven?

                                                                                      • badboymarshall
                                                                                        badboymarshall  5 days back

                                                                                        All you have done is take a standard English recipe and use it as your own without crediting the 300 people before you

                                                                                        • thecodcraft12
                                                                                          thecodcraft12  5 days back

                                                                                          Screw the brits up the RA

                                                                                          • Alan Bun
                                                                                            Alan Bun  5 days back

                                                                                            “Nobody just eats a plate of fries, unless you’re Canadian.”

                                                                                            Confirming from a Scotsman at 4:00am, I like to cook this with some cheese after a 5 hour sesh of Crash Team Racing, with several bottles of Prosecco.

                                                                                            Love this recipe man. Fantastically crispy chips and an amazing taste.

                                                                                            • muramasa24
                                                                                              muramasa24  5 days back

                                                                                              seems like a recipe for a smokey ass house

                                                                                              • Saumit Jin
                                                                                                Saumit Jin  5 days back

                                                                                                Check his video for deep frying lmao

                                                                                            • Mobin Noori
                                                                                              Mobin Noori  5 days back

                                                                                              But i dont have an avin