1/4teaspoongarlic powderoptional, but highly recommended
1/8 to 1/4teaspooncayenne pepperoptional, for heat
Chopped fresh chives or parsleyoptional, for garnish
Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of your oven. Preheat oven 400 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Place the egg white in the bottom of a large mixing bowl. Briskly whisk until it is foamy.
Cut potatoes into fry-shaped sticks that are about ¼- to ½-inch wide and 3-inches long. Make the pieces as uniform as possible, so that the fries bake evenly. Place the fries in the bowl with the egg white as you go.
Drizzle the fries with the oil.
In a small bowl, stir together the curry powder, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne.
Sprinkle the spices over the fries. Toss to coat the fries evenly. Try to get them to be as evenly moistened and seasoned as possible.
Spread the fries onto the baking sheets, dividing them evenly between each. Make sure the fries are not crowded or they will steam and not crisp up.
Bake the fries for 20 minutes.
Remove the pans from the oven, then flip the fries over (I recommend using a large spatula—scoop the fries in big sections, then use a fast turn of your wrist).
Rearrange the fries back into a single layer to make sure they are not overlapping. If any look like they are browning too quickly, keep these towards the center or front of the baking sheet (the back of the oven tends to be the hottest).
Return the pans to the oven, switching their positions on the upper and lower racks.
Continue baking until the fries are crisp and brown on the outside and tender on the inside. The ends may look very dark on some of the fries and you’ll see lighter brown spots in a few places. This will take about 10 to 15 additional minutes, depending upon your oven and what size you cut the fries.
Remove from the oven. Sprinkle with a pinch of additional salt. Serve immediately.
TO STORE: Refrigerate leftover fries in an airtight storage container for up to 4 days.
TO REHEAT: Rewarm fries on a baking sheet in the oven at 350 degrees F until hot.
TO FREEZE: Lay the fries in a single layer on a baking sheet, and freeze until solid. Transfer the fries to an airtight freezer-safe storage container, and freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat from frozen.