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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Hand-Cut Oven Fries

Recipe updated June 2015

Can “French fries” be light(er), healthful, and still scrumptious? Yes—when they’re not actually deep-fried.

Hand-cutting earthy, nutritious fresh potatoes, tossing with just a drizzle of olive oil, and baking them to tender, golden goodness results in a dish that looks like French fries, tastes like French fries, and even invites kids like French fries—but without so much fat (and no grown-up guilt).

Keep it as simple as it gets: potatoes, oil, salt, and pepper. Nothing else needed—except maybe homemade ketchup?

Serves 4-5

  • 3 medium russet potatoes, scrubbed
  • olive oil, for drizzling
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper 
Medium Russet Potatoes
  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cut a bit of the rounded ends from the potatoes, then cut a thin slice from 2 rounded sides. Cut each potato lengthwise into 1/3-inch-thick slices. Cut each slice into 3-4 sticks.
Cut off the Rounded Ends 
Cut off 2 Rounded Sides
Cut into 1/3-Inch-Thick Slices
Cut Each Slice into 3-4 Sticks
  1. Place the potato sticks in a large bowl and drizzle lightly with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss to coat.
  2. Spread the potatoes on the baking sheet in an even layer. Bake 15 minutes. Turn and bake an additional 10-12 minutes (depending on size) until golden brown on the outside and tender inside.
Fries Tossed with Oil, Salt, and Pepper 
Fries Ready to Bake 
Fries after Turning 
Baked Fries
Transfer to a bowl, season with sea salt, and serve hot.

Hand-Cut Oven Fries

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