Whether you are wanting to try the current TikTok hack or you love the idea of homemade waffle fries, this recipe is sure to be a hit! Homemade accordion waffle fries are a great way to turn a basic potato into a delicious crispy on the outside and soft on the inside side dish. They can work as appetizers, snacks, or a side dish, and are ideal for making to impress guests.
Baked Accordion Waffle Fries
Potatoes are the ultimate starch side dish. They are great by themselves but can be added to, updated, processed, baked, boiled, and fried into all manner of different textures and flavors. In the food world, they are definitely one of the most versatile vegetables in your kitchen.
French fries are a favorite, and while my family loves this easy cottage fries recipe, sometimes it is nice to surprise them with something just a bit “extra”. Homemade accordion fries are the go-to choice. Only a few extra steps are needed to make this turn into a delicious and pretty side.
Want more ideas for potatoes? Check out this huge list of potato side dishes that has everything from baked to mashed and everything in between!
What is the Best Potato For These?
The best potato for this is a classic Russet potato. They are large, sturdy, and slice well without crumbling. Yukon Gold potatoes could work but they might be a little softer when cooked than the Russet. Mostly you want to have a potato that will cut into the rectangles (or squares), so a larger potato is a must for making this work well. Small potatoes are harder to make work with this cutting process.
What Dipping Sauces Go with Waffle Fries?
This recipe includes a garlic parmesan topping that is rich and delicious. With this, you don’t need to have a dipping sauce. However, some people may want something to dip these into. Below are a few options that would pair well with this flavor profile.
- Jalapeno Dip
- Ranch dressing or dip
- Sriracha mayonnaise
- Garlic aioli
Can I Use Different Seasonings?
You can definitely use different seasonings if you prefer. Garlic, parmesan, and butter go well with potatoes, but you can easily brush them with just butter and add other seasonings on top instead. Below are some ideas that might be good for this recipe. Potatoes are versatile, so you can add anything you want and create a new flavor profile.
- Cajun seasoning
- Sea salt and black pepper
- Taco seasoning
- Greek seasoning
- Salt and vinegar
- Italian seasoning blend
Can I Cut the Potatoes and Freeze Them to Cook Later?
Yes! While cutting potatoes ahead of time can result in discoloration of the potato, it can be a great way to save time on prep. One tip for keeping them from discoloring is to plunge the peeled and cut potatoes into a bowl of ice water with a bit of lemon juice or vinegar. Then pat them dry, lay them on a baking sheet to flash freeze for 2 hours.
Once they are mostly frozen, take them off the baking sheet and place them into a freezer storage bag. Label and date these and use them within 3-months of cutting for best results. When ready to use, you can place it directly from the freezer to the oven. Just add a few extra minutes to the cooking time.
Do I Have to Peel the Potatoes?
Not at all. In our house, we rarely peel potatoes. Just scrub them well before slicing. If you are short on time or prefer peel on, they will still taste just as delicious and cook the same.
- Russet potatoes
- Unsalted butter
- Fresh parsley
- Black pepper
- Dried oregano
- Grated parmesan
Handy Kitchen Tools
- Baking sheets
- Parchment paper or silicone baking mats
- Mixing bowls
- Skewers or wooden chopsticks
- Chef’s knife
- Vegetable peeler
- Cutting board
- Mandolin slicer
How to Make Accordion Waffle Fries
Preheat the oven to 400°F/200°C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
Peel the potatoes (discard the peels), and then cut the potatoes into rectangular pieces about 1/2″ thick. A mandolin makes this easy to manage.
Place two skewers or chopsticks onto a cutting board, then place the potato rectangle between them. This helps you to make sure you aren’t cutting the potato too deep.
Cut vertical slices halfway through the potato on the top side leaving around 1/8″-1/4″ space between each slice.
Flip the potato over, and cut diagonal slices halfway through the potato on the uncut side.
The result should look like the image below.
Place the potato slices into a bowl of water to rinse, then remove them and drain on paper towels.
If desired, you can slide them onto skewers at this point to make snacking easier, but that is not required.
In a medium bowl, melt the butter and mix in the garlic, parmesan, salt, pepper, and parsley until combined.
Brush both sides of the potatoes with about half of the garlic butter sauce and then place in an even layer on the baking sheet. Set the remaining garlic sauce aside.
Bake for 20-minutes, then flip and brush with the remaining sauce.
Place back into the oven and continue baking for another 20-minutes.
Sprinkle the top with additional grated parmesan and additional parsley before serving.
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- 2 large russet potatoes
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted (75 gm)
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley (30 gm)
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- ¼ tsp salt (1.25 gm)
- 1/8 tsp black pepper (.5 gm)
- ¼ tsp dried oregano (1.25 gm)
- 2 tbsp grated parmesan (30 gm)
- Preheat the oven to 400°F/200°C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Peel the potatoes (discard the peels), and then cut the potatoes into rectangular pieces about 1/2" thick. A mandolin makes this easy to manage.
- Place two skewers or chopsticks onto a cutting board, then place the potato rectangle between them. This helps you to make sure you aren't cutting the potato too deep.
- Cut vertical slices halfway through the potato on the top side leaving around 1/8"-1/4" space between each slice.
- Flip the potato over, and cut diagonal slices halfway through the potato on the uncut side.
- Place the potato slices into a bowl of water to rinse, then remove them and drain on paper towels.
- If desired, you can slide them onto skewers at this point to make snacking easier, but that is not required.
- In a medium bowl, melt the butter and mix in the garlic, salt, pepper, and parsley until combined.
- Brush both sides of the potatoes with about half of the garlic butter sauce and then place in an even layer on the baking sheet. Set the remaining garlic sauce aside.
- Bake for 20-minutes, then flip and brush with the remaining sauce.
- Place back into the oven and continue baking for another 20-minutes.
- Sprinkle the top with additional grated parmesan and additional parsley before serving.
To reheat leftovers, place on a lined baking sheet at 400F for 5 to 7 minutes.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 292Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 215mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 4gSugar: 2gProtein: 5g