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Oven Baked "Fries"

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Last week I had the moment many moms with kids older than mine have warned me about. I was driving with Kenya and at one point he looked out the window and said, "Mommy, what's that place over there with the playground and hamburgers on the sign?" Now, I grew up eating McDonald’s, but now that I know what's really inside fast food meals, I'm committed to trying to keep my kids away from it for as long as possible. That doesn't mean that I want them to miss out on the fun foods I enjoyed as a kid (and still enjoy), like burgers and fries. I simply want them eating the healthiest possible versions of those foods and I’ve realized through a lot of testing, that to do so, you don’t have to sacrifice great taste.

For example, take one of my favorites: French fries. Instead of deep frying, I bake them in the oven. My “fries” come out crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, and I serve them up with a side ofketchup and mustard, just the way that I used to enjoy them when I was little. Do you think if I take Kenya and Chloe to our neighborhood playground with a sack of these it will be as much fun for them as a McDonald’s? My bet is as long as we're all together sharing fun and “fries”, it will be!

Oven Baked Fries  (Serves 4)

  • Prep Time: 5 mins,
  • Cook Time: 30 mins,
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Last week I had the moment many moms with kids older than mine have warned me about. I was driving with Kenya and at one point he looked out the window and said, "Mommy, what's that place over there with the playground and hamburgers on the sign?" Now,...

Ingredients

  • 3 russet potatoes, peeled & cut into “fries”
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Preparation

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 450 F.
  2. 2. Place raw cut “fries” in to a colander and rinse under cold water (to remove the starchy exterior of the potato). Then, pat “fries” dry with a towel to remove as much moisture as possible.
  3. 3. Place “fries” on to a sheet tray, pour 2 tbsp of oil and 1 tsp kosher salt over them and then toss to coat evenly.
  4. 4. Bake for 20 minutes, then toss and bake for an additional 10 minutes (for a total of 30 minutes).
  5. 5. Serve.

Accompaniments: Ketchup, Mustard, BBQ Sauce

Oven Baked Fries

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  2. Marissa

    March 25, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Hi Catherine! My poor cutie has had the stomach bug and is on the brat diet. I used these fries (without oil) to make the brat diet (bananas, rice, apple sauce and toast…and potatoes) a little more fun. Thank you. ;)

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  4. Kristina

    March 21, 2014 at 1:23 am

    I don’t know what oven you were using but mine were REALLY burned after 15 min :(

  5. Angela

    January 24, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Do these freeze well?

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  7. Loretta | EcoHappy Style

    December 9, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Great fries! But decided to freeze half the cut raw potatoes for later. Not good! They turned brown – except for the sweet potatoes! Will have to see what they taste like after I defrost and cook them!

    Loretta

    • Lynn

      January 6, 2014 at 7:11 pm

      If you plan to freeze uncooked fries you need to blanch them first, cool, then freeze. Blanching helps maintain structure.

  8. JaniesMommy

    November 26, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    I just used this recipe to make potato chips. Yum yum! They my need to cook a little longer. If you wait until they are golden they are perfect!

    • Rhys

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    • natasha

      December 2, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      I used an iron skillet in the oven and these turned out great. No sticking! Did take a little longer like you said.

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  12. Julie

    July 22, 2013 at 11:56 am

    I love this recipe and so does my family. Thank you!!

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  14. ultimatezinc

    May 24, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    These are delicious. Thank you. I appretiate that you specify how much oil and how much salt. I am not a great chef and your step by step easy recipes help me make yummy healthy food that I am proud of. We’ve made these fries a few times now and they are so good.

  15. NicolaH

    April 27, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Hallelujah! The perfect fry recipe. Made these with sweet potatoes and they were awesome.

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  17. Samantha

    December 6, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    This would have been awesome if I hadn’t had to pry them off the baking sheet. FYI GREASE YOUR SHEET even if you are coating them in oil.

    • Earnestine

      January 13, 2013 at 1:39 am

      Use a silpat then you will not need to add more oil to your food and it will not stick

  18. erica90250

    July 25, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Is kosher salt and sea salt the same?

  19. Ruth Pinnell

    June 18, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Made these last night – think I finally found a way to get the family off frozen french fries! I tried soaking in the sugar water, not sure if that made a difference in crispiness or not. They do stick a little, but after stirring them up midway through baking, didn’t stick anymore. Will try putting them on Release foil next time. Yummy!

  20. Catherine

    June 15, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Turned out so beautifully that my 2.5 year old ended up eating a whole potato’s worth! However, we do line a tray with foil and spray the foil with some rice bran oil first to minimise sticking.

  21. Lisa

    June 12, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Whoa! We loved these! My 3 year old asked it I got them at McDonalds. “Nooooooo… Mommy made them!” :-) Whole family loved them. Thank you! :-)

  22. sallysunshine

    June 8, 2012 at 12:44 am

    to make like a dessert; cinnamon and a little sugar tastes good on the sweet potato fries; even though I think they are fine on their own (it is so hard to win some people over to healthier food; whatever it takes!)

  23. catherine

    June 6, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Soak the fries in water to help remove some of the starch from the potatoes. Then make sure to dry them really well before placing them on the baking sheet! If they are wet they will stick to the pan! I hope this helps!

  24. Heather

    June 5, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    My family loves both the sweet potato fries and regular fries. I sprinkle a little parmesan cheese on the sweet potato version after they come out of the oven and oh, so very good!

  25. Sarah

    June 5, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    I am having the same problem with this recipe! HELP!!! These are far too awesome to have them get mangled like this!!

    • Jefin

      February 2, 2014 at 10:57 pm

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  26. Deja

    February 6, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Another fantastic recipe! My family has come to love my weelicious recipes.

  27. Kimberly

    January 13, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    What am I doing wrong?? Every time I make these, they stick to the pan and come out a complete mess. It doesn’t matter how much oil I put on them, or what pan I use. The fries stick and get all burnt on one side. Very few turn out ok and they’re oh so yummy which makes it even more frustrating :(

    • Earnestine

      January 13, 2013 at 1:46 am

      Use a silpat withe perforated baking sheet then you will not need to add more oil to your food and it will not stick

  28. Amber Gray

    August 4, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    I made these last night and they were perfect!! They were very crunchy and everyone ate them up. I turned my oven on broil the last two minutes just to get them really crispy. Thanks for the great recipe!

  29. Ann

    June 1, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Giving this a try tonight. Hope they turn out crunchy!!!

  30. not a jerk

    April 4, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    If she wants to use a bag so what, It could be a bag from the grocery store and you dont know because you want to judge her for not being “green” what a jerk!

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  32. Tanya

    February 8, 2011 at 2:23 am

    I use this http://www.amazon.com/Progressive-International-Vegetable-French-Cutter/dp/B00004RDFH to cut mine ;) )) It’s fun :) )

  33. Erin

    February 3, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Made these for the first time this afternoon (and will be making more for dinner) and they were yummy!

  34. kat

    February 3, 2011 at 2:21 am

    i recently discovered doing this with butternut squash. it doesn’t get as crispy but they are really good. my 20 month old loved them

  35. angie

    February 1, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    I used to do this all the time with sweet potatoes, but it didn’t even cross my mind that I could do it with regular potatoes. I have to try this! My almost 2 year old LOVES french fries and this is what I need to do to make the treat even less damaging. Thanks!

  36. Nikki

    January 28, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    I do this all the time! lol I’m going to try the suger thing though. I used to work at New York Fries and I dare say the baked version is as good as the ones I used to make! To get the perfect cut fries I got a Potato fry cutter thing from Walmart. If I remember correctly it’s made by starfrit. Really easy to use too.

  37. debra

    January 28, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    can these be frozen?

  38. Jennifer

    January 28, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Delicious! Can’t even tell they’re not fried!

  39. Ummy

    January 28, 2011 at 8:54 am

    You know, I’m so pleased that MCD’s finally has a couple of good choices on their menu.I’m simply obsessed with their oatmeal with apples, raisins and craisins.Yum.While I’m passing buy I often cant resist pulling up at the window to order muself one of those.Unfortunately the rest of my family is not too crazy about it :(

  40. meghan

    January 26, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    I’ll definitely be trying these! (Even though we own a franchise of McDonald’s :x )

    • Mikal

      January 31, 2011 at 1:15 pm

      Awwww…Meghan, don’t worry! We love McD’s…I worked there as a kid (probably my most favorite job). Everything in moderation!

    • meghan

      January 26, 2011 at 4:42 pm

      Whoops, that was supposed to be a silly face, not a mad looking one!

  41. Kirsten

    January 26, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    i cant wait to try this. my kids are going to love them!

  42. Jaime

    January 26, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Also, try soaking the potato slices in water with 1-2tbls of sugar in the water for about 10-15 mins then rinse with cold water; the sugar in the water changes the starch component and makes for crunchier baked fries!

  43. catherine

    January 26, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    The sweet potato fries don’t get a crispy, but they’re really yummy too! My hubby’s favorite: http://weelicious.com/2008/05/01/sweet-potato-fries/

  44. rebecca

    January 26, 2011 at 10:52 am

    We randomly go to MCD’s and if we do its usually for apples and some play time like Lisa said for the experience. Our big Burger pleasure though is In-N-Out. Being that is mostly organic and nothing is frozen or has preservitives I feel better about a little splurge there once in awhile :)

  45. melissa

    January 26, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Yes, please share how you cut them so perfectly into ‘fries’!!!

  46. Lisa

    January 26, 2011 at 9:55 am

    I do this with sweet potatoes all the time, too – yum! I shake them up in a lidded bowl with italian seasoning, garlic powder, and salt, and then spread them on the cookie sheet.

    I occasionally take my kids to McD’s at non-meal times, like mid-morning, and we’ll all share 1 plain biscuit while they play, or I’ll get them a milk or a small ice cream cone. So they still get the experience without the bad food, and our local restaurant doesn’t mind at all! I grew up not being allowed to eat fast food, and as soon as I was on my own at college I ate way too much of it, thinking it must be great if I wasn’t allowed to have it. I’m trying to avoid that reaction in my kids by exposing them to it without them actually eating it!

  47. Shannon

    January 26, 2011 at 9:21 am

    How did you answer Kenya? I dread that moment with my son. Especially today when taco Bell announced their meat is only 35% real beef. What is the other 65%? Scary.

    • Blanca

      January 26, 2011 at 9:38 am

      My 2 year has asked the same question, but more so can we go play there! I simply tell her we can go to the park later. We don’t need to go there, lol. My parents are absolutely dying to take her there. So she’s not allowed alone at their place yet :) . They think I’m crazy for “depriving” her of MCD.

  48. Anna

    January 26, 2011 at 8:39 am

    What is the secret to getting them cut so perfect?

    • catherine

      January 26, 2011 at 12:31 pm

      It’s actually easy. Cut the potato into a block and then into “fries”. I use the end pieces too (they just don’t look as cute :)

  49. Laura

    January 26, 2011 at 8:20 am

    I do this with sweet potatoes nearly once a week. I follow the same recipe except I put mine in a plastic bag with the oil and salt and shake them up before dumping them onto the cookie sheet. They are so good!

    • Blanca

      January 26, 2011 at 9:35 am

      I do the same, but add other spices like pepper and paprika, yum!

      • esther feldsher

        February 10, 2011 at 5:55 pm

        plastic bag = not too green. that’s all.

        • JessiM

          July 17, 2012 at 1:57 pm

          Well the “plastic bag” everyone is so worried about can be rinsed out and reused for future frying endeavors. I’ve reused many a plastic sandwich bag in my day.

    • Amber

      January 26, 2011 at 8:25 am

      Thank you for the bad idea. I will be trying that one tonight!

      • Amber

        January 26, 2011 at 8:26 am

        that should have been BAG!!!!! idea (sorry!)

        • esther feldsher

          January 26, 2011 at 4:14 pm

          “bad” was kinda right. why introduce plastic into the sceanrio?

        • Kamilla

          January 28, 2011 at 7:03 pm

          Because you get the oil spread more evenly on all the potatoes that way.. It’s not like the plastic bag affects the taste or anything and it’s easy and fast and you get all the fries covered with less oil.. Potatoes in bag, shake, potatoes out of bag..
          I’ve used that method for years..