Saturday, February 19, 2011

Italian Roasted Fries

I love, love, love French Fries!   I have to say that they are one of my favorite much that I'd be completely satisfied to eat the fries and leave the hamburger.  Is that bad?

Growing up mom always made homemade french fries.  You know, the kind from real potatoes and deep fried in a pan...none of those frozen fries which were not very good back then.

But in my attempt to eat healthier I had to devise a way to lighten up the french fries and still get the same result.  Roasting is a great technique that creates a nicely crispy on the outside frie, pretty brown, and they look like french fries!  Honestly, I love these just as well as the original fried version.  As a matter of fact I only make these type of fries cause they are easy, tasty, and much healthier!  Oh yea, and tasty..did I say that already?

This version jazzes up the fries a little with some Italian flavorings.  Let me know how you like them!  

Here's how to make 'em.

You will need:  russet potatoes, olive oil, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning.

Peel potatoes and cut lengthwise in to planks.  Cut each plank in to long fries (sticks).

Place fries on a baking sheet in a bundle and drizzle with olive oil.  You will want a light coating so don't overdo the olive oil!  About a couple of tablespoons at most. Toss the fries in the oil to coat.

Spread the fries out evenly on the sheet so they are not touching.  Sprinkle with garlic powder to taste.

Sprinkle with Italian seasoning to taste.

Bake in a preheated oven at high heat - 450 degrees so they roast up really nice.  Bake for 15 min.

Take the pan out and turn each of the fries over ( I know this is a little bit of a pain...) and return to the oven.

This browns the other side.  Bake for another 10-15 min. until nicely browned all over and potatoes are done.

My these look good!

Italian Roasted Fries
Serves 4
2 large russet potatoes
Olive oil
Garlic powder
Italian seasoning


Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Peel potatoes, cut into planks lengthwise.  Cut each plan into fries.
Place fries on a baking sheet.  Drizzle with olive oil.  Just enough to lightly coat.  Toss fries in oil.
Separate fries out on the pan so they are not touching.
Sprinkle with garlic powder.
Sprinkle with Italian seasoning mix.
Bake at 450 degrees for 15 min.  Take fries out and turn them over so they brown on the other side. Return to oven and bake another 10-15 min. until crispy.

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