Monday, February 8, 2010

Easy Oven Fries

Tonight, we had what I would consider the best oven fries I've made yet! This is a very basic and flexible recipe, use whatever you have on hand.

Potatoes (I've used both Yukon Gold and Baking)..
**Generally I do 1 potato per person, unless they are smaller then I will add in one or two extra
Olive Oil
Garlic (minced, 2 cloves per potato)
Dried Herbs and Spices
**Here are some suggestions, choose one or more:
Chili Powder (1 tablespoon)
Paprika (.5 - 1 tablesppon)
Italian Seasoning/Basil/Oregano (1 tablespoon)
Onion Powder (1 teaspoon)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F

Cut the potatoes lengthwise into thirds, then cut each one into thirds again to make 1/2 inch thick segments

In a microwave safe dish, toss the potatoes in a drizzling of olive oil and cover with plastic wrap

Microwave for about 6-8 minutes ( It's easier to do 3 minutes at a time and stir them in between.. I just hit "potato" on my microwave and did this about 3 times) To know when they are ready, use a fork to gently press into one, if it goes in easily, they are ready .. (this is called "fork tender")

While the potatoes are cooking, combine garlic, herbs, salt, pepper, and olive oil in a bowl. Use about 1 tablespoon of olive oil per serving, but no more than 5.. otherwise you'll have soggy fries!

Toss the potatoes with the garlic/oil mixture.

Transfer to a cookie sheet so that the potatoes are in a single layer (it may take 2 separate pans!)

Cook in the oven at 450 for about 30 minutes or until they are brown and crispy. Turn the potatoes over halfway through so they cook evenly

If you feel REALLY daring- try adding some shredded cheese during the last 5 minutes of cooking

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