“The cottage fry is a fine fry in its own right.”
This quick tutorial by Food Wishes With Chef John explains how to make a delicious and sometimes overlooked form of french fry recipe – the cottage fry. Chef John Mitzewich says that cottage fries are meant to look like the shingles on the roof of a cottage, and when he layers these homemade french fries together, it is easy to see where this reference came from.
Russet potatoes, sliced 3/8 inch
Wash, drain, and pat the sliced potatoes dry, then put them in a mixing bowl. Add oil and spices to taste then mix with your bare hand until evenly coated. Evenly space the potatoes on a baking sheet or sheet of foil (for crispier fries) and place in a preheated oven at 425 degrees. After 15 minutes, flip the fries and bake for another 15 minutes. Repeat this process until cooked to your liking.
Chef John is casual and funny, the kind of chef who has fun with cooking, and stepping into his Food Wishes kitchen is a friendly, educational experience. The length and quick pace is perfect; it is just long enough to fully explain this baked french fry recipe, but short and snappy enough to keep viewers engaged.
The focus of the video is the food, and close-ups of the ingredients and preparations provide an exciting bird’s eye view of the process. While this approach gives viewers a lot of great visual information, it will leave viewers looking to connect with the host wanting a little something more.
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