Italian Fries

Italian Fries
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  1. 6 or 7 Idaho potatoes, peeled and sliced into 1/3-inch-thick French fry-style strips, soaked in cold water
  2. 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) extra-virgin olive oil
  3. 1 tablespoon dried Italian herbs or some combo of dried oregano, thyme, marjoram, and basil
  4. 2 cups freshly grated Romano cheese
  5. 1/4 cup parsley leaves, finely chopped
  6. 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) salted butter, cut into 6 cubes
  7. Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. STEP 1
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  3. STEP 2
  4. Drain the potatoes and pat dry with paper towels. Spread 1 tablespoon of the olive oil on each of 2 rimmed baking sheets and spread out the potatoes. Overlapping is fine.
  5. STEP 3
  6. Sprinkle the dried herbs evenly over the potatoes. Liberally spread the cheese and parsley on top. Drizzle the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil over the cheese. Scatter the cubed butter around the pans.
  7. IN THIS STEP: How to Chop Herbs
  8. STEP 4
  9. Bake until the potatoes are golden brown, rotating the pans after 30 minutes, for 45 to 50 minutes total. Use a spatula to lift off the potatoes with all the crusty cheese adhered to them. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot.