Oven Fries

Oven “fries” are a good trick to have up your sleeve for weeknight dinners. They taste almost as good as real fries (okay, nothing tastes as good as really well done french fries), they’re a lot healthier, and they cook much more quickly than baked potatoes. Figure on ½ potato per person.

The technique is simple:

  1. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees
  2. Cut russet potatoes into long wedges
  3. Toss the wedges first with olive oil, then with seasoning, such as coarse salt, pepper, cayenne, paprika or a seasoning mix like Southwest seasoning
  4. Spread the potato wedges on a baking sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes until browned on each side, turning once halfway through the baking time

Oven fries are great by themselves or with ketchup, mustard or even salsa.

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6 thoughts on “Oven Fries

  1. Marty 27 December 2006 at 7:54 am

    If they’re that healthy, why don’t we have them every week??

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  5. Erika 26 February 2010 at 1:46 pm

    I make similar roasted potatoes about once a week and they are awesome. I usually dice the potatoes (redskins), but same concept. One secret I learned is to put the pan in the oven while it preheats and then put the potatoes on the hot pan. I don’t turn them at all during cooking. The potatoes come out all browned and crispy and yummy on the one side that hits the hot pan.

  6. Shannon 26 February 2010 at 2:23 pm

    That is a great tip, Erika! Thanks.

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