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Crunchy Potatoes

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I am forever on the hunt for crispy potatoes. I like them soft inside, but that outside should make a sound when you bite it.

Tonight I tried something I saw on TikTok – the sheer volume of incredible ideas and recipes on that app is amazing. I regret to say, there are quite a few not so great ideas, also, but I suppose that’s true of any platform.


  • Potatoes – I used 4 fairly large russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch slices and then cut in half
  • salt & pepper
  • olive oil
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1-1/2 TB cornstarch

Cook your potatoes in salted water with the baking soda until fork tender. Drain them.

Here can go one of two ways…..air fryer or oven.

The oven version is what I saw, the air fryer version is what I decided to do.

Oven – preheat to 390F and put a rimmed baking sheet coated with olive oil in it to heat up.

While the oil is heating up, add the salt, pepper and cornstarch to the potatoes in a bowl and mix gently, spreading everything as evenly as possible.

When the oil is screaming hot, dump the potatoes onto the baking tray and spread out – top with some more olive oil drizzled over the top of the potatoes.

Bake for 15 minutes, flip the potatoes and bake for another 15 minutes.

The air fryer version:

Drain the potatoes and put into a bowl. Preheat your air fryer if that’s what you normally do. I don’t but mine has racks rather than a bowl.

Mix the salt, pepper, cornstarch and 2 TB olive oil with the potatoes gently and spread on the racks of your air fryer.

Cook at 390F for 15 minutes, flip and cook for another 15 minutes at 390F.

Eat them!

The recipe on TikTok said to add fresh thyme and some salt when they come out of the oven. I just sprinkled the potatoes on my own plate with some salt. I prefer to let the people eating decide whether they want more salt.

Note: don’t make more than you’re going to eat. That crunch won’t survive a night in the fridge. I’m sure they wouldn’t be bad, but the crunch will be gone.

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