Hot and Tasty Oven Fries

I just finished taking my second orthopedics practical, and I must say I am very, very relieved.  For some reason I get incredibly anxious before practicals, even when I am sure that I know all the material.  My heart starts racing, I get palpitations, I pee every four seconds (TMI?), and my brain rapidly empties of whatever material I had learned in preparation.  All of that understandably makes me even more anxious, which means I just get swept up into a giant self-perpetuating vicious circle of nerves.

But it’s over now, I did a good job, the sun is shining, I get to blog for a while before I have class at 11:30, and I get to go to the gym tonight.

And my baby tomato plants are growing!

So in the name of spring and summer, I wanted to post a super quick and easy recipe that is perfect for BBQs, cookouts, easy entertaining, pickupable-kid-food, satisfying-man-food, and of course, healthy-lady-food.

These oven fries are cut into big matchsticks shaped just like those from Mickey-D’s, and with a little drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt, pepper, and paprika, they are just as gratifying as the fast-food version without any of the guilt–and you can take or leave the ketchup.

Hot and Tasty Oven Fries (serves 4)

  • 4 medium-sized potatoes (I used Yukon Gold, ’cause that’s what I had, but I recommend Russets, too)
  • 1-2 T olive oil for drizzling
  • 1 t paprika (I used sweet but smoked paprika would also be out of this world)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Scrub the potatoes, but don’t peel them–I like the way they look with the skin on.  Preheat your oven by turning on the broiler–I broil the fries to make them quick and crispy, but this only works with thin-cut fries, not thick oven wedges.  I still use the oven rack in the middle position so they don’t burn.  If you don’t want to use the broiler, use a high setting–400 to 450.

Cut the potatoes into thin matchsticks, roughly the size of fast-food fries.  I like the slice the potatoes into thin rounds and then stack a few rounds on top of each other before slicing into matchsticks.  It goes pretty quickly this way. 

Some people will soak the potatoes in water for 15 minutes to a half-hour to remove some of the extra starch at this point, but I like recipes that are quick, so I don’t go that route.  Don’t worry, they are still delicious!

Dump the fries on a cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with paprika, salt, and pepper.  Toss them about to make sure they all get covered, and place in the oven.  Every few minutes, toss them around again using a spatula so they get baked on all sides.  I like fries that aren’t too crispy, so I kept them in there about 10-15 minutes, but they could have gone longer if I wanted more crunch.

Feast away, my friends, and celebrate the coming of spring, summer, and the foods that go with them.

And as a perfect little note to leave you on, look who I caught napping on the couch together:

If that image doesn’t relieve any lingering anxiety I have, I don’t know what will.  Enjoy the rest of the day!


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5 responses to “Hot and Tasty Oven Fries

  1. Hannah

    Henry is HUGE! Also, yes on the TMI, but it was still funny (and reminded me of 3 year old you in the car during the first minute of every road trip). Tomatoes: Thin them SOON. To avoid root damage, it’s better to snip away the ones you want to get rid of, rather than rip them out. If you give them more room now, you’ll have healthier seedlings. (You probably knew that, but thought I’d throw it out there). When they have 2 true leaves, you can transplant them into peat pots, which are easier to transplant into the garden when they are even bigger. You can experiment and do 1/2 and compare success rate.

    • i suspected that would be necessary soon but wasn’t sure! thank you! I want those poop pots i can just plant right into the garden. is that the same as peat pots? also…are what they currently have true leaves? help! haha they grew so fast!

  2. these look lovely but i don’t think you mention what temperature to preheat the oven to or the baking temperature either. sorry if i’ve missed it in your post.

    • I just preheated my oven to “broil”, basically just let it get hot on the broil setting. My oven is not at all sophisticated, so there might be other better ones with an actual degree setting on broil?? Go at a high setting–450 if you dont use broil.

  3. Don’t worry, we all pee every 4 seconds when we get nervous. 🙂

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