From Melissa’s Kitchen – Oven Fries

Our family is extremely fond of potatoes.  Probably too fond of potatoes.  I purchased ten pounds of them yesterday.  Half of them are already gone.

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I used to buy frozen French fries and tater tots all the time.  We liked them and they were relatively inexpensive.  Unfortunately, those little prepackaged bagfuls of potatoes were also loaded with unhealthy fats and sodium.  So a few years ago I decided to try my hand at oven fries.

Because oven fries are not cooked in oil, they are so. much. healthier. for us than traditional French fries.  They are quick and easy to make.  In the time that it takes me to preheat the oven, I can have my fries washed, cut, seasoned, and ready to go.  And because I have been making fries this way so long, my kids have grown to actually prefer these to the grocery store variety.

Every week I write out my weekly grocery shopping adventures.  At the end of my budget posts, I always include our weekly menu.  “French fries” make an appearance quite often, usually once a week.  Unless frozen fries are free, they no longer come in our home.  French fries around here are homemade in the oven.

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In my recipe, I call for seven Russet potatoes.  The truth is I use whatever variety of potato I have in the house.  There are purists out there who insist that certain varieties of potato should only be cooked in certain ways.  I am not one of those people.  Also, I use six potatoes because that is what my family will consume in a meal.  There is no magic to the number of potatoes involved.

In the picture, I show steak seasoning being used with this batch of oven fries.  I have used seasoned salt, a variety of fresh and dried herbs, plain old salt and pepper, and “Mrs. Dash.”  Sometimes I sprinkle on some olive oil and a little red wine vinegar.  It all depends on my mood and what I have in the cupboard.

From Melissa’s Kitchen – Oven Fries

From Melissa’s Kitchen – Oven Fries

Ingredients

  • 7 Medium Russet Potatoes
  • Seasoning Salt to Taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a large baking sheet.
  2. Wash potatoes and slice into pieces the size and shape of French fries.
  3. Arrange the potatoes in a single layer on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with the desired amount of seasoning.
  4. Bake 25 minutes.
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Do you make oven fries?  What is your favorite way to prepare them?  Let me know in an email or comment below!