Oven roasted fries

Are you addicted to french fries but are trying to cut back on fast food or deep frying?  If you answered yes, try some oven roasted fries the next time you get the "fry itch".  Oven roasted fries taste just as good as the deep fried version and are way better for you.

Oven roasted fries are one of my family's favorite things to eat.  We not only like the taste but they are fun to make and the price cannot be beat.  If you thought dollar menu fries were a good deal, wait until you make oven roasted fries.

With potatoes being a couple bucks for a ten pound sack, your family will be hard pressed to eat a couple dollars worth.  If you are lucky enough to have potatoes from the garden, fry night can be done for under a buck.

To start making oven roasted fries, you will need a couple ingredients.  The first one is obviously the potato.  Any type of potato will work but I have found that Russett potatoes get the most praise in my house. 

Once you have picked out your potato, the other ingredients that go into my oven roasted fries are salt, olive oil and basil/oregano.  However, feel free to add any of your favorite ingredients in.  To cook oven roasted fries, set your oven to 375 degrees.

Now that you have the ingredients, the first thing to do to make oven roasted fries is to cut up the potatoes.  I like to cut mine up in thin strips but feel free to try any size you like.  When experimenting, make sure to ask your kids how they want their fries to look.  They will have fun with this part!

Once the fries are cut up, put them in a bowl and add one tablespoon of basil and one tablespoon of olive oil.  You can use more olive oil if you have a bunch of fries but make sure the fries are not doused in it.  Too much olive oil equals soggy fries.

The fries should be lightly coated with olive oil and not swimming in it.

Once everything is in the bowl, stir the ingredients together to ensure equal coverage.  Once this is done, put everything on a non-stick pan that has raised edges.  As I noted in a previous post, flat pans and olive oil do not mix!  Spread out the fries on the pan and stick them in the oven.

Ready to go in the oven

Once the fries are in the oven, cook them until they brown on one side, flip them and then repeat for the other side.  They are done when the fries are soft and browned to your liking.  My fries usually take about fifteen minutes to cook but this may vary for you depending on your oven, potato choice and taste.


Two tips that I apply to my fries.  If you like, your fries well done, cook them on both sides in the oven but then throw them under the broiler for the last couple minutes.  Cooking them under the broiler will produce a nice crunchy fry.

The second tip.  Once the fries are cooked to your liking, pull them out and immediately add salt.  This is important because the fries will soak up the salt the best then.  By doing this, you will use less salt because the salt will soak in rather then bounce off.


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