Homemade Parmesan french fries that are satisfyingly crispy and delicious.
Who doesn't love a crispy, flavorful french fry? This easy side dish pairs perfectly with burgers, sandwiches or just by itself for snack. But what if I told you there was a way to elevate this humble side dish to a whole new level? Enter: Parmesan french fries. These golden, cheesy sticks of deliciousness take the classic french fry to a whole new level of flavor and texture. And the best part? They're incredibly easy to make at home.
In this article, we'll show you exactly how to make the perfect homemade french fries, step by step. But be warned, once you start making them, you may never want to go back to classic french fries again. So get ready to impress your taste buds with this irresistible recipe.
What You Need for Parmesan French Fries
Already sitting there salivating at your screen? Avoid costly eating out for this satiable craving in your life and make them at home in your kitchen with only a handful of ingredients required.
- 5 Russet potatoes - you can also try these with sweet potatoes, red or gold potatoes
- Large bowl of water
- Bowl for flour mixture
- ½ cup Flour
- ½ cup Grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Pepper
- Cooking spray
- Additional desired seasonings, optional
Making Parmesan French Fries
To make these homemade fries, start by slicing up your potatoes. We used about five potatoes, but that number can change depending on how large your potatoes are. Now, we use Russet potatoes for regular french fries, but definitely feel free to change it up and make sweet potato fries or use baby reds instead.
First, peel and cut your potatoes on a cutting board. I recommend cutting them into thin strips instead of potato wedges because that will yield the best results for crispy fries.
Soak the Potatoes
Next step, take your sliced potatoes and put them in a large bowl of water, preferably cold water so it doesn't cook the potato. This is an essential step of the crispy cooking process. Soaking your potatoes in water helps to remove a lot of the excess starch, resulting in a crispier fry and less goopy center. Soak for at least 30 minutes.
Remove Potatoes From Moisture
Remove the potato fries from the bowl of cold water. After they soak you will need to pat off the excess moisture with paper towels. However, don't let them get too dry because the flour and Parmesan will need to stick to the wet surface of the potato.
Shake Fries in Flour Mixture
Combine flour, Parmesan cheese, salt and black pepper together in a bowl or an airtight container. This is where you can also get a little more customized. I love this simple mixture because it really focuses on the cheese flavoring, but you can also add in a few additional seasonings for an extra zing.
A few optional seasonings to add to your Parmesan French fries are:
- Garlic powder - Parmesan garlic fries are quite a popular mix
- Fresh Parsley or dried
- Italian seasoning
- Onion powder
- Dried Oregano
- Dried Basil
- Ranch dressing seasoning
- Cinnamon (if making with sweet potatoes)
Shake the fries in the cheese and flour mixture. Make sure they are all covered and then place them in a single layer on a tin foiled sheet pan that has been greased with cooking spray.
Bake Parmesan French Fries
Bake your Parmesan french fries in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes. I do not flip my fries during the cooking time. You can also use an air fryer if you don't want to go the oven baking route. For the air fryer method, you will also cook these at 400 for 20 minutes.
The oven-baked fries should look golden brown with crispy edges. If they are not crispy, you can broil them for a minute or two for extra crunch.
Time to Cool
Allow your hot fries to cool down for just a few minutes so you don't burn your mouth when shovelling the deliciousness inside. Enjoy these amazing Parmesan cheese French fries with a side of fry sauce or ketchup to dip!
Great Food Options for Entertaining
Parmesan oven fries are an awesome option to serve when entertaining. Take a look at some of these other delicious choices to serve to friends and family.
- Apple and toffee dip
- Charcuterie for kids and teens
- Christmas crack Chex mix
- Cheese ball with jalapeños and crackers
- Fruit and veggie charcuterie
- Dessert charcuterie
Parmesan French Fries
There's no denying the deliciousness of Parmesan french fries. But beyond their savory taste, these crispy treats are a fun option to serve at any gathering or Super Bowl party, as an appetizer or part of the main meal.
With only a few simple ingredients and your own personal customizing, you can make a mouth-watering plate of golden fries that will have everyone asking for seconds.
Oven-Baked Parmesan French Fries
- Sheet pan 9x13
- 1 Large bowl
- 1 Bowl or Airtight Container for Flour Mixture
- 5 Russet potatoes
- ½ cup Flour
- ½ cup Grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon Pepper
- Cooking spray
- Garlic powder, Italian seasoning, Ranch seasoning, Onion powder, etc.
- Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
- Peel the potatoes and cut them into long, thin strips.
Soak and Process Potatoes
- Soak your cut up potatoes in cold water for 30 minutes. This will help to remove the starches and crisp up your fries.
- While the potatoes are soaking, make the Parmesan and flour mixture and put it in a bowl with a lid. Add any additional seasonings to your flour mixture.
- Remove the potatoes from the cold water and pat dry with a paper towel, but still leave moist so the flour mixture will stick to the potatoes.
- Take your potatoes and place them into the flour Parmesan mixture. Place the lid on tight and shake the potatoes until they are all covered.
- Cover a cookie sheet with tin foil and spray lightly with cooking spray.
- Place the potatoes on the baking sheet in a single layer. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. The fries should be golden brown and crispy. If you want them to be more crispy, you can broil fries for 1-2 minutes.
- You can also cook these in an air fryer for 20 minutes on 400 degrees.
- Swap out your Russet potatoes for other potatoes you may have on hand - red, yellow or even sweet potato
- Add different seasonings to your flour mixture to alter the taste. Adding garlic powder or garlic salt is a delicious alternative. You can use cinnamon with sweet potato fries.
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