Classic Oven Fries
This makeover, from Good Housekeeping magazine, cuts the fat for fries. Compare the 5g fat in this recipe to the 11g fat in a small McDonald’s fries. You can make them even healthier by making sweet potato fries instead.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 medium (about 8 ounces each) baking potatoes
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Brush 2 large cookie sheets with 1 tablespoon oil.
Cut each unpeeled potato lengthwise into quarters, then cut each quarter lengthwise into 2 wedges (or cut potatoes crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices). In large bowl, toss potatoes with salt, pepper, and remaining 1 tablespoon oil until evenly coated.
Divide potatoes between cookie sheets, spreading each batch into an even layer. Place cookie sheets on 2 oven racks and oven-fry potatoes 25 minutes or until tender and crisp, turning potatoes over once and switching pans between upper and lower racks halfway through cooking.
- Spicy Oven Fries: Follow steps 1 and 2 above. In step 3, mix 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric, and 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne) with salt, pepper, and oil in bowl. Add potatoes and toss to coat. Complete recipe as in step 4.
- Lemony Oven Fries: Follow steps 1 and 2 above. In step 3, mix 1 teaspoon grated fresh lemon peel, 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon dried oregano, and 1 large crushed garlic clove with salt, pepper, and oil in bowl. Add potatoes and toss to coat. Complete recipe as in step 4.
Makes 4 servings with 205 calories, 5g fat, 450 mg sodium, 38g carbs, and 3 g fiber.