Thursday, April 7, 2011

Baked Seasoned French Fries

 These scrumptious, addicting french fries are easy to make and less calories than its fried counterpart.  As you can see, someone's hand was in the fries before I could get a proper picture.  We can't make enough of these in our house!

  • 3-4 cups of potatoes cut into fries
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/8 - 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper*
  • 1/2 tsp salt*
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp chili powder*
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 2 tsp potato starch
  1. Place cut up potatoes in a large bowl, fill with water that covers the fries, and let rest for at least 1 hour.  This is to remove some of the starch from the potato.
  2. Meanwhile, mix all the dry ingredients together EXCEPT for the potato starch.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  4. Drain the water off the fries.  Dry off fries with paper towel.
  5. Place the french fries in a gallon ziploc baggie.
  6. Add potato starch and shake until the fries are well covered. 
  7. Add olive oil.  Shake well. 
  8. Add the spice mix and shake until all fries are well coated.
  9. On a foil lined baking pan that has been lightly coated with cooking spray, place a single layer of french fries.
  10. Bake for 15 minutes.  With a fork turn the fries over.  Bake an additional 15 minutes or until cooked through.  
     * For mild fries use:  1/4 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp cayenne, 1/4 tsp chili powder
     * For medium fries use:  1/2 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp cayenne, 1/2 tsp chili powder
     * For hot fries use:  1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp cayenne, 1/2 tsp chili powder (bonus - add 1/4 tsp black pepper)

Cook's Notes:
  • I cut my fries with the Progressive International Jumbo Potato Cutter that I ordered from Amazon.  I prefer the smaller cut of fries.  So, if you are hand cutting your fries you made need to add cooking time per side.  Wedges would take longer than thinner cuts.  

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