Fast food and the Amish are unlikely allies, but it's not all that uncommon to find a Big Mac in the buggy these days. Look at the Amish settlement near Seaman, Ohio where there are two McDonald's strategically bookending the Amish settlement. I mean,yes, a lot of the restaurant's traffic comes from nearby busy Ohio Route 32, but, there's no denying that the two eateries also draw a ton of Amish customers. Ditto for fast-food joints in Holmes County, Ohio and the places like Berne, Indiana where "would you like fries with that?" is a common question. The answer is "yes" if they are these Perfect Oven-Baked French Fries!
But fast-food culinary culture is also something that isn't always easily accessible to the Amish. What would be a 15-minute car trip to town to get a burger could easily be a 90-minute journey by buggy. And, geez, by then the fries would surely be cold by the time you got home. So fast-food tends to be a treat that the Amish partake when they are in town anyway.
Still, sometimes you just get that fast-food urge and you don't want to drive forever in the buggy to get a burger and fries. So, what is a fast-food craving Amish person to do? Make their own version of burgers and fries at home. Fries are the perfect pairing with a burger but not just any fries, they have to be perfect. I think, in terms of fast-food fries, I like Wendy's best. McDonald's second. Burger King, nah....too bland. There are some local chains that do the best fries (Penn Station is a local Ohio chain and, wow, they have good fries).
So, when you want to make your own amazing fries, try these perfect baked French fries.
CUTTING THE FRIES
I like things simple. If you just have to have "fry shaped" fries, then get to work with a knife. Here's a YouTube video tutorial. Or you can use some fancy fry cutter. But, to me, there's nothing wrong with these circular shaped fries. I mean, the wider surface area of the potatoes gives you more of the delicious coating. But you can do either. And that includes peeling or not peeling the potatoes. I think for the Perfect Oven-Baked French Fries I prefer them unpeeled.
🍟Perfect Oven-Baked French Fries
- 4 - 5 medium-sized potatoes
- 1 stick of melted butter
- 1 package of saltines, crushed
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
Cut potatoes into length-wise pieces, peeled or unpeeled. Dip slices into melted butter, sprinkle with salt, and then roll in cracker crumbs until they are completely coated. Lay the potato slices on a greased cookie sheet in a single layer. Bake 40 minutes at 350, or 45 minutes for crispier fries. Salt to taste, if needed, and dip in ketcup.
🥔More Amish Potato Recipes
The Amish find potatoes to be a very versatile vegetable. Here are some favorite recipes!
These are amazing!
A cheesy potato favorite!
Delicious for company or anytime!
🖨️Printer-Friendly Fries Recipe
Old-Fashioned Oven-Baked French Fries
- 4 -5 potatoes medium-sized
- 1 stick butter melted
- 1 package saltines crushed
- 1 tablespoon koshersalt
- Cut potatoes into length-wise pieces, peeled or unpeeled.
- Dip slices into melted butter, sprinkle with salt, and then roll in cracker crumbs until they are completely coated.
- Lay the potato slices on a greased cookie sheet in a single layer.
- Bake 40 minutes at 350, or 45 minutes for crispier fries.
- Salt to taste, if needed, and dip in ketchup.