Easy Peasy Homemade Oven Baked Potatoes
French fries are pretty much a serious staple food item for all Americans.
I don't know many people, at least in this country, that doesn't like french fries.
But one of the worst parts about them is that you either have to go and get them from a fast food restaurant, or you have to fry them yourself.
And the frying part alone is messy and a lot less healthy than many of us are trying to be.
There's no reason that you can't have all the fries you wanted, seasoned and everything, whenever you'd like.
Potatoes are super cheap to purchase from the grocery store in large bags, and even easier to clean and bake quickly. You can use any seasonings you'd like and voila!
To be even healthier, give red potatoes a shot, or even some delicious sweet potatoes. I just went and bought some myself! Yummy!
Let's get baking. I'm getting hungry!
- 4 large baking potatoes, (this would also be good with sweet potatoes)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon oregano
- 1 tablespoon rosemary
- 1 tablespoon sage
- 1 tablespoon thyme
- 1 tablespoon basil
- 1 tablespoon savory
- 1 tablespoon marjoram
- 1 tablespoon dill weed
- 1 tablespoon chopped bay leaves
- (optional) whatever appropriate spices you have on hand
- I would start by lining a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spraying it generously with cooking spray.
- Set your oven temperature to 400 degrees F.
- Choose about four large baking potatoes, and wash, scrub and rinse them well in the sink under water.
- Transfer them over to your cutting board.
- Chop each of them well into small square pieces so that they cook quickly.
- Once chopped, transfer all of your chopped potato pieces into a large mixing bowl.
- Add your olive oil and mix your potatoes well to coat them.
- You'll need this so your seasonings have something to stick to. I've tried it without the oil and I couldn't get them seasoned.
- Next, choose all of the seasonings you are going to use.
- You'll see that I chose oregano, sage, thyme, basil, savory, marjoram, dill weed, and chopped bay leaves. I also normally use rosemary, but I didn't have any on hand at the time of this recipe.
- Add about a tablespoon of each of your seasonings, a little more of any particular one if you wish, to your potato pieces.
- Mix well. If your potatoes need more, add a little bit more from each one, or of your favorites.
- Pour your seasoned potato pieces onto your prepared cookie sheet.
- Spread them all out evenly.
- Pop them in the oven for about 20 minutes. This may change per your altitude and particular climate. Just test them after 20 minutes to see if they are ready and go from there.
- Dip into ketchup and enjoy!!
|Serving size: 1/2 fries|
|Calories from Fat||18|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 2 g||3%|
|Saturated fat 1 g||5%|
|Unsaturated fat 0 g|
|Carbohydrates 25 g||8%|
|Sugar 2 g|
|Fiber 4 g||16%|
|Protein 5 g||10%|
|Cholesterol 6 mg||2%|
|Sodium 105 mg||4%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
These are just as easy to make as my Easy Peasy Homemade Garlic Croutons, but much more filling.
Of course, you could peel the skins off if you'd like to, depending on the specific preferences of your family, or even cut your potatoes into rounds or strips before seasoning and baking.
If you're really talented, you could probably even cut them into curls, like Jack in the Box offers.
Whatever way you decide to cut these, they are just as easy and delicious, as long as you cut them thin so they can cook all the way through quickly.
I even use different spices each time. Really, I just try and pull out all of my green spices that sound like they would go well on my fries.
If you chose to use cumin for seasoning, or garlic, or even use an Italian blend, you could really get creative and make some healthy baked French fries that your family would love.
Be creative and have fun with it!!
What is your favorite french fry dipping sauce?
© 2014 Victoria Van Ness