Side Essentials: Baked Vinegar & Salt Fries

Andy Anderson !


These are great-tasting fries that are insanely easy to make. The biggest challenge was to get the oven temperature, thickness of the fries, and time correct.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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10 Min
20 Min



  • 1 large
    potato, russet variety
  • 1 qt
  • 1 c
    vinegar, plain variety
  • 1 Tbsp
    salt, kosher variety, and more for the fries
  • ·
    black pepper, freshly ground, to taste
  • 3 Tbsp
    grapeseed oil

How to Make Side Essentials: Baked Vinegar & Salt Fries


  2. Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  3. Cut the potato into 1/4-inch (.6cm) matchsticks.
  4. Chef’s Note: If you have a mandolyn this is a great time to break it out.
  5. Chef’s Note: I tried several different sizes for these fries, and the size is very important to the temperature and timing of the baking.
  6. Add the water and vinegar to a pot, and bring up to a boil, then add the salt, and stir to combine.
  7. Add the fries, and allow to boil for 3 - 4 minutes.
  8. Place a rack in the middle position, and preheat the oven to 450f (230c).
  9. Remove from the water, drain on paper towels, and allow to dry out for about 10 minutes.
  10. Add the oil to a medium bowl, and season with some salt, and pepper. Then add the fries, and toss until coated.
  11. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, fitted with a wire rack.
  12. Place into the preheated oven for 15 – 18 minutes, or until beginning to brown.
  14. Add to a nice plate with some side sauces (like ketchup), and serve while still nice and warm. Enjoy
  15. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Side Essentials: Baked Vinegar & Salt Fries

Course/Dish: Potatoes
Main Ingredient: Potatoes
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy For Kids

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