Friday, September 24, 2010

Oven Fries

My husband receives email offers for "buy one, get one free" at several local sports bars/family restaurants in our area. He loves the burgers, and I love the fries. But eating out (even just burgers and fries) is pricey, and the fries are deep fried. Not heart or waistline friendly.

So I've devised a recipe for oven fries that pleases even me:

Oven Fries (For two large servings):
2 large russet potatoes, well scrubbed
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
1 tablespoon olive oil

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Cut potatoes into 1/4-inch thick slices, and then cut the slices into 1/4-inch thin strips. Place in a large bowl and cover with hot (not boiling) water. Let stand for 30 minutes. Drain well and pat dry. This step is important. Get as much water as possible off of the potatoes.

Combine the flour, salt, pepper, and paprika in a large mixing bowl. Add the well-dried potato strips and toss to coat.

Put the potato strips on a jelly-roll pan. Drizzle olive oil over the potatoes and toss to coat. Bake in preheated oven about 15 minutes. Stir and return to the oven and bake an additional 5 minutes or until browned and crispy.

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