BEST OVEN BAKED FRIES AND POTATO WEDGES
By Bonnie D. Utahn
I have always had a passion for French fries, and therefore, I could never pass by those golden arches without stopping in to buy some. These days, we are trying to eat a lot healthier, so it was a very sad day when I had to give up my French fries. But I found with some research, that you don't really have to give up what you love. Just find a substitute that is healthier and one that tastes just as good. While that may not always be easy, after a lot of experimentation, I found what we consider to be a recipe for the perfect fry. The best thing about this recipe is that you don't have to turn the fries in the oven. It is made with only 1 TBS of oil, and it tastes fabulous. You won't even know these are oven fries. You owe it to your heart to try this healthy recipe for French fries. I bet you won't even miss the ones at the golden arches. I don't. Enjoy!
A tasty, healthier take on tradition French fries... Yum!
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MAKING OVEN FRIES:
Spray a foil lined baking sheet with cooking spray if you are using a regular cookie sheet. I use an Aire Gourmet baking sheet, and if you like these fries, it is worth the investment of buying one. Because olive oil does not smoke at high temperatures when using this baking sheet, and the fries are a gorgeous golden brown. (I prefer to use parchment paper, which I don't grease, and it makes the removal of the fries a snap to prepare from oven to serving bowl.)
When I am in a hurry, and we need potatoes really fast for a meal, I zap a large potato with peeling on in the microwave until almost done, then I cut it into chunks. I use a cast iron skillet and put olive oil in it, not much, put in the taters and season them with the same seasonings as the fries (except the parmesan cheese because it scorches) As soon as they are nicely browned, I remove them to a stainless steel bowl (it keeps them hot) and toss them with the parmesan cheese. Voila! You have delicious "roasted" potatoes with your meal. Great with bacon and eggs, too!
About this Recipe
Robin DuPree robdupree - Aug 21, 2010
Thanks so much for this recipe!...French fries, chicken, and catfish are about the only things that I will eat deep fried, and it is rarely. When I was in college Nutrition, the instructor told us that the fast-food french fries had no nutritional value from processing, and the grease content was a definite artery clogger..I have tried to literally cut out all fried foods, except for a rare treat. This recipe will be much loved by me..
Bonnie D. Utahn - Aug 21, 2010
My pleasure, Robin, and may I add that these fries go perfectly with the French Dip sandwich recipe. We always fix them with that. These are so good that you can have them as often as you like--guilt free!
Lillian Russo Lilliancooks - Aug 21, 2010
I love oven fries and I make them often, but I like these because they look nice and crisp! Its hard to achieve that in the oven!
Bonnie D. Utahn - Aug 21, 2010
My picture didn't turn out very well. They were browner in real life. Yes, they are crisp, but not hard like some I have had. The seasonings are subtle, too, not overpowering but just the right flavor. You know you are eating a potato. I don't miss those golden arches at all! The air baking sheet is wonderful for these. If you like them, it is worth getting one. I found mine at a second hand store for a $1! I then bought a half size air sheet online so it fills the entire oven space and I can then feed 5 or 6 people.
Michelle Thompson Mybell39 - Aug 21, 2010
I made these to try to be healthier but added a few splashes of vinegar, my hubby makes the best fried french fries with salt and vinegar but he's deployed and i've been missing him...this recipe was great and was definitely a nice healthy alternative to the fried version..Thanks!!!