Crispy Oven-Baked Garlic Fries & Homemade Garlic Aioli

Simply put, I love potatoes. For the past two weeks my body was telling me I *needed* fries. None of that fried, greasy, stale, fast food stuff either. I wanted something hearty, flavorful, and full of starchy goodness but I couldn’t find time to give into the cravings.

I was perusing Instagram the other day and the many food-related accounts that I follow when an incredible hashtag appeared before my eyes, #NationalFrenchFriesDay. WHAT?! Is that even a thing?! The internet loves making stuff up but, man. It was like the hashtag signaled an alert to my brain, telling me my potato fix was very much overdue and regardless of whether or not there was truth to this food-tastic holiday, I suddenly had all the time in the world to cook up these fries. (Listen to your cravings! ;)

Come to find out, this year, July 13th is actually National French Fries Day! -But I can dig this recipe any day. Try it yourself! 

Ingredients

Garlic Aioli
1/2 c. mayonnaise
1/2 tsp honey
1 TBS fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 TBS Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
cracked black pepper to taste

Garlic Fries
8-10 medium-sized potatoes, washed and unpeeled
olive oil
cracked black pepper
sea salt
garlic powder
feta
chives, or green onions

Directions
Garlic Aioli

Mix all wet ingredients until creamy and well-combined. Stir in dry ingredients until aioli is homogenous throughout. Garnish with chives.

Fries
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Cut potatoes into matchsticks or wedges. Line two baking sheets with foil and generously coat the bottom of the baking sheets with olive oil, garlic powder, and a pinch of black pepper. Add fries plus a drizzle of oil, even MORE pepper and garlic powder and toss them to coat. Fries should be arranged in a single layer. Make sure that they aren’t touching too much in order for them to crisp and cook evenly. 

Bake for 35-45 minutes, tossing/flipping at least twice for even baking. I tend to check on my fries more than twice to make sure they aren’t burning. Personally, I like them a little burnt-especially on the tips so if you’re gutsy enough, leave them in a little longer. 

Remove from heat and lightly sprinkle sea salt over the fries. Top with 2 TBS of feta cheese, freshly cracked black pepper, and garnish with minced chives or green onion. 

That's it! Enjoy and happy National French Fries Day!