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Baked French Fries

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Three variations of Baked French Fries. A basic version, a tasty variation with Parmesan and spicy fries.

Baked French Fries

Baked French Fries

"Simple Baked French Fries instead of fried in oil to cut calories and fat. Three fries are under 100 calories.

2 large potatoes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/8 teaspoon paprika

*Preheat oven to 450-degrees.

Peel potatoes and cut into slices 4-inches long and 1/4-inch wide; place in a bowl of iced water to crisp. Just before cooking, turn onto paper towel and pat dry. Spread pieces in one layer of a shallow baking pan. Sprinkle with the vegetable oil. Shake pan to spread oil evenly over potatoes. Bake 30-40 minutes, turning frequently, until gold brown.

Empty potatoes onto paper towels. Sprinkle with salt and paprika.

Recipe makes 16 to 20 servings (depending on size of potatoes)
Serving size: 3, 1/4-inch fries
Calories 93; Total Fat 3g; Cholesterol: 0mg


Parmesan Baked French Fries

Parmesan oven fries are made using fresh baking potatoes cut into french-fry size strips. Season with thyme, pepper and salt and add grated fresh Parmesan cheese. Bake in the oven and enjoy!

Parmesan Cheese

4 large baking potatoes, peeled
1/2 teaspoon dried whole thyme
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Vegetable non-stick cooking spray
1/4 cup finely grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt

Cut each potato into three pieces and then into strips. Pat wedges dry with paper towels and place in a bowl. Add thyme and pepper and toss well. Drizzle oil over wedges, tossing well to coat.

Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 450-degrees for 30 minutes. Sprinkle cheese and salt evenly over wedges. Bake an additional ten minutes or until tender and browned. Serve warm. Recipe makes 6 servings.

Nutrition information: Calories: 153; Fat: 3.7g; Cholesterol: 3mg; Sodium: 280mg

Variation: Quick Parmesan Oven Baked Fries
Heat oven to 400-degrees. Cut four large baking potatoes into wedges. Brush with low-fat mayonnaise and sprinkle with fresh-grated Parmesan cheese. Salt to taste. Bake on cookie sheet coated with vegetable oil spray 25 to 30 minutes or until tender. Serve with frozen snow peas, if desired.


Spicy Baked French Fries

Tasty baked potatoes spiced up nice with paprika, cayenne powder and black pepper, Make into wedges or slices as you prefer.

Spicy Baked French Fries

6 medium potatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon paprika
3 teaspoons cayenne powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Cut potatoes into wedges, sticks, or slices. Spray cookie sheet or baking pan with a bit of oil. Place potato pieces in a plastic bag and toss with spices and half of the oil. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes, turning often and brushing occasionally with the remaining oil. Broil about 5 minutes, turning after 3 minutes.

Recipe note: For regular fries, replace spices with 1 teaspoon of salt.

Nutrition information: Calories: 185; Fat: 4g; Fiber: 4.3g


Did You Know?

While who invented the French fry continues to be the topic of debate, who is responsible for its U.S. popularity is not. According to Nelowet, Thomas Jefferson was the first to serve "French-style" potatoes in the U.S. in the early 19th Century. Fries soon caught on throughout the U.S. colonies.