Weeknight Thai Peanut Chicken with Spicy Lime Mango.
Today I’m sharing exactly how I make my Oven Baked Tuscan Fries. Thin cut russet potatoes with fresh rosemary, sage, garlic, and olive oil, “oven-fried” for the perfect crispy on the outside, perfectly tender on the inside style fry. Finish these fries off with a touch of butter and a sprinkle of parmesan for the BEST tasting oven baked fry. These fries are beyond addicting, influenced by the flavors of Tuscany, and…SO DELICIOUS! The real added bonus here? They’re actually pretty healthy too.
And just like that, I am home. After only a week of traveling, I’m beyond happy to be home. I will say that the warmer temperatures were, of course, nice, but nothing beats sleeping in your own bed, homemade meals, and not feeling like I need to wash every inch of my body…every single time I touch anything.
Yes. It’s good to be home. My flight got in late last night. I then made the two-hour trek up the mountain, and while I’m tired, I’m excited to be back cooking today. So, what do we all want to see this week?
For today, I have fries…and not just any fries. No, no, these are some of the best fries I’ve ever made. They’re not fried and instead are oven baked. They’re Tuscan inspired and made with plenty of fresh rosemary, sage, and garlic.
As you might guess, these Tuscan fries are pretty simple and easy. But don’t let their simplicity fool you, these fries are incredibly delicious!
You’ll want to start by cutting the russet potatoes into thin matchsticks. To everyone wondering…do I need to peel my potatoes? No, I love the skins and the texture they provide. That said, if you hate having the skin on your fries, feel free to peel your potatoes.
Next, bake. Bake the thinly cut fries with extra virgin olive oil, fresh rosemary sprigs, fresh sage leaves, and whole cloves of smashed garlic. Using whole herbs and whole cloves of garlic allows the fries and olive oil to infuse with their flavor, but yet not be overpowering. You want to be able to taste the potato in addition to the herbs and garlic. I find this to be the perfect method.
Using whole cloves of garlic also ensures you won’t end up with burnt garlic, which is the absolute worst. Just be sure to reserve the roasted garlic cloves and use them to make your favorite garlic butter, dressing for roasted chicken, or baked spaghetti squash.
The key to a crisp oven baked fry is being sure to not overcrowd the baking sheet. If you have too many potatoes crowding the pan, the fries will steam instead of getting crispy. So if you need to…use two baking sheets…don’t overcrowd! It’s better to have extra space on the baking sheet than a pan full of soggy fries. Trust me.
The second key here is a little butter and a little bit of parmesan too. The butter adds that richness that the deep frier adds, while the parmesan adds a “crust” plus additional deliciousness.
So simple, very pretty (I love the colors happening with these fries), SO GOOD.
And most importantly? These fries are extra crispy, but soft inside. No one can even tell they’re not actually fried.
Bold words, I know, but true. These fries are Red Gerard approved and if you know my youngest brother, Red, you know his favorite food is the french fry. He happened to be here in Colorado when I made these. Whenever Red is around, come five(ish) he’s usually down at the studio barn looking for some kind of “snack”. One of Red’s many nicknames is Snackster. He loves the chips, the dips, the meats, the cheeses, and he really loves a good french fry. He ended up devouring these and then went on to ask me when I had gotten a deep fryer. So you see? These fries have passed the taste test of one of my toughest critics.
And Red never lies. He tells it like it is. Always.
So with that, do I have you convinced? Can we all please agree that Tuesday night Tuscan fries are what we should all be making? These would be great served alongside roasted chicken, enjoyed with your favorite vegetable burger, or simply just made and enjoyed all by themselves.
Lastly, if you make these Oven Baked Tuscan Fries, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
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I’ve never made a recipe that actually looked like the picture! These came out so good and had such great flavor! Super easy too.
Happy Wednesday!! Thanks a bunch for making this recipe and sharing your review, I love to hear that it was tasty!?
Can you cut the fries earlier in the day, so that they’re prepped for an evening meal?
Yes, that will work well for you! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan
Do you recommend soaking the potatoes in water first and drying before baking ?
I don’t do this, you can follow the recipe as is! Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
I made these fries tonight to go along with grilled burgers and coleslaw. The fries are a winner and I will be making them often. I made as written. Very easy and so crisp and flavorful. (I tried slicing on my mandoline and sliced a finger so after a bandage I cut the rest with a knife)
Awesome!! I am so glad to hear this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for making it! So sorry to hear about your finger! Have the best weekend! xTieghan
These look amazing, I can never quite get oven baked fries perfect every time so I’m excited to try this recipe. I have a question, do you melt the butter then drizzle over and mix?
Yes, you will do that in step 3. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan
Thanks so much Carla!
Hello! Love your recipes. Quick question, do you usually use the convection function when roasting vegetables?
I always use regular bake. I hope you love the recipe, let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
These fries are AMAZING! My husband and I are fighting over the entire batch!!!
Thanks so much for trying the recipe, I am so glad it was enjoyed! Have a great weekend:) xTieghan
DELICIOUS LOVED THEM X 10000!!! Thank you so much for so many good recipes – I also added sweet potatoes!
I am so thrilled that you enjoyed the recipe, thanks so much for trying it out!! xTieghan
These are out of this world! I have a feeling they’ll become a family favorite!
Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try, I am thrilled that it worked out for you! Happy Holidays! xTieghan
When I combined the parmesan it is was a lump. Then when I tried melting the butter and adding the cheese it too, was unspreadable.
Also, we didn’t get to even add this step because the fries were overdone already, much less how bad they’d be with even more cooking time.
So sorry you had issues the recipe, I am wondering if you adjusted the recipe at all? Please let me know how I can help. xTieghan
Absolutely 100% phenomenal and so incredibly easy. Perfectly crispy and so much more flavor than standard “fried” fries. This will be my go to recipe from now on!
Wow I am so happy to hear that, Ann! Thank you so much for trying this! xTieghan
Crispy herby goodness!
Thank you Elisa! xTieghan
Loved the flavor, but mine didn’t look anything like yours. Mine were still pretty white. They also stuck to the pan. My son said he could taste the olive oil?
So sorry you had issues with the recipe. I am wondering if you adjusted anything at all? I like to do these on an unlined baking sheet, lots of olive oil, and a high oven temp. It is also KEY that you do not overcrowd your pans, this could have been your issue. Please let me know how else I can help. xTieghan
Honest to goodness best fries I’ve ever had. You will not regret giving these a try!
Love to hear that!! Thank you so much Ashley! xTieghan