There are all sorts of reasons to imitate restaurant dishes at home such as healthifying it, saving money, or our favorite: avoiding public embarrassment. Even when we treat our little family to a meal at a family friendly, casual restaurant, things often go awry – someone spills their drink, hurts themselves while dancing in close quarters, or throws a fit for no apparent reason. Generally, it’s just best for everyone that we stay home.
One of our guilty-eating-out-pleasures is Smashburger‘s smash fries. It’s also a dish that checks off pretty much every reason why you’d make something at home instead of just buying it. These fries are simple, yet delicious. Eat in tonight and save yourself some money, calories, and maybe even embarrassment.
Baked Smash Fries
- 4 medium potatoes (Russet or Yukon Gold)
- 2 TBSP olive oil, plus a little more for the pan
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder (or to taste)
- 1 tsp dried rosemary, ground almost to a powder
- salt, to taste
- Preheat oven to 425ºF.
- Spread a thin layer of olive oil on a rimmed baking sheet. We do this with a pastry brush.
- Cut the potatoes. Traditionally, smash fries are matchsticked to be shoestring fries, but we only do that occasionally. Most of the time we cut them into 1/2″ wedges to be thick cut steak fries.
- Toss the fries in the olive oil. Spread out on a rimmed baking sheet so the fries are in a single layer. If you are making shoestring fries, you may need to split the potatoes between two pans.
- Sprinkle with garlic powder, rosemary, and salt.
- Bake for 12 minutes, then flip the fries over with a spatula. Bake another 10-15 minutes or until the fries are golden brown.