Nothing beats baked fries. Wait a minute, what am I saying? French fries (as in fried french fries) actually do beat baked fries. French fries are my favorite food, but baked fries are a close second. Some nights, when I'm too tired to cook, I will cut up a potato into fry size slices, drizzle some olive oil on the slices, and bake them (on a pan lined with parchment paper) at 400 for about 15 minutes. Usually I eat them with ketchup. Some times I add a salad and drizzle them with balsamic vinegar. That makes me feel virtuous. This time, instead of salad, I made a chipotle dipping sauce with mayonnaise and chipotle spice. It's quite easy to make, but not so virtuous.
For the chipotle dipping sauce, it's basically 1 tablespoon of mayo to 1 teaspoon of chipotle spice with a little salt to taste. I'm not a huge fan of mayo. I don't use it in pasta salad. For some reason, though, I like it in dipping sauce.
The baked fries are easy. Three tips: (1.) cut the fries evenly; (2.) use parchment paper; (3.) cook on high heat.