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Easy Peasy Homemade Oven Baked Potatoes

Updated on September 19, 2018
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Victoria is a stay-at-home mom, author, blogger at Healthy at Home, and educator. She currently lives in Colorado with her family.

Easy Peasy Homemade Baked French Fries
Easy Peasy Homemade Baked French Fries | Source
5 stars from 1 rating of Homemade Baked French Fries

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!

Step One: Line and spray a cookie sheet
Step One: Line and spray a cookie sheet | Source
Step Two: Rinse and scrub each of your potatoes thoroughly
Step Two: Rinse and scrub each of your potatoes thoroughly | Source
Step Three: Set out your potatoes on a cutting board with a large knife
Step Three: Set out your potatoes on a cutting board with a large knife | Source
Step Four: Chop your potatoes into small chunks
Step Four: Chop your potatoes into small chunks | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Serves about 4 people 1 cup of fries

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. I would start by lining a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spraying it generously with cooking spray.
  2. Set your oven temperature to 400 degrees F.
  3. Choose about four large baking potatoes, and wash, scrub and rinse them well in the sink under water.
  4. Transfer them over to your cutting board.
  5. Chop each of them well into small square pieces so that they cook quickly.
  6. Once chopped, transfer all of your chopped potato pieces into a large mixing bowl.
  7. Add your olive oil and mix your potatoes well to coat them.
  8. 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.
  9. Next, choose all of the seasonings you are going to use.
  10. 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.
  11. Add about a tablespoon of each of your seasonings, a little more of any particular one if you wish, to your potato pieces.
  12. Mix well. If your potatoes need more, add a little bit more from each one, or of your favorites.
  13. Pour your seasoned potato pieces onto your prepared cookie sheet.
  14. Spread them all out evenly.
  15. 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.
  16. Dip into ketchup and enjoy!!
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Step Five: Pour your potatoes chinks into a large mixing bowlStep Six: Add your olive oil so your seasonings have something to stick toStep Seven: I use every green seasoning I have that makes sense (i.e. cinnamon and chili powder just wouldn't be right)Step Eight: You'll need much more seasoning than you anticipate, but I would start with a tablespoon or so of eachStep Nine: Mix your potatoes, oil and seasoning well; If you need more seasonings to thoroughly cover your potato chunks, add more of your favoritesStep Ten: Pour your potato chunks onto your prepared cookie sheetStep Eleven: Spread your seasoned potatoes out evenly on your cookie sheetStep Twelve: Cook your potatoes for about 20 minutes at 400 degrees F; This may change depending on your altitude and climateStep Thirteen: Serve with your favorite mealsStep Fourteen: Enjoy!!
Step Five: Pour your potatoes chinks into a large mixing bowl
Step Five: Pour your potatoes chinks into a large mixing bowl | Source
Step Six: Add your olive oil so your seasonings have something to stick to
Step Six: Add your olive oil so your seasonings have something to stick to | Source
Step Seven: I use every green seasoning I have that makes sense (i.e. cinnamon and chili powder just wouldn't be right)
Step Seven: I use every green seasoning I have that makes sense (i.e. cinnamon and chili powder just wouldn't be right) | Source
Step Eight: You'll need much more seasoning than you anticipate, but I would start with a tablespoon or so of each
Step Eight: You'll need much more seasoning than you anticipate, but I would start with a tablespoon or so of each | Source
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Step Nine: Mix your potatoes, oil and seasoning well; If you need more seasonings to thoroughly cover your potato chunks, add more of your favorites
Step Nine: Mix your potatoes, oil and seasoning well; If you need more seasonings to thoroughly cover your potato chunks, add more of your favorites | Source
Step Ten: Pour your potato chunks onto your prepared cookie sheet
Step Ten: Pour your potato chunks onto your prepared cookie sheet | Source
Step Eleven: Spread your seasoned potatoes out evenly on your cookie sheet
Step Eleven: Spread your seasoned potatoes out evenly on your cookie sheet | Source
Step Twelve: Cook your potatoes for about 20 minutes at 400 degrees F; This may change depending on your altitude and climate
Step Twelve: Cook your potatoes for about 20 minutes at 400 degrees F; This may change depending on your altitude and climate | Source
Step Thirteen: Serve with your favorite meals
Step Thirteen: Serve with your favorite meals | Source
Step Fourteen: Enjoy!!
Step Fourteen: Enjoy!! | Source

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/2 fries
Calories 140
Calories from Fat18
% Daily Value *
Fat 2 g3%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 25 g8%
Sugar 2 g
Fiber 4 g16%
Protein 5 g10%
Cholesterol 6 mg2%
Sodium 105 mg4%
* 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.
The Sign of Good Food
The Sign of Good Food | Source

Personal Review

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!!

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    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Don't be scared to mix up your seasonings and get creative. Your fries can be a little different every time. :)

    • Jackie Lynnley profile image

      Jackie Lynnley 

      4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This sounds really good; I will have to try it; thank you!

    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Thanks! Good luck!

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      Shasta Matova 

      4 years ago from USA

      That looks really good. I am going to be baking some potatoes tonight.

    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Yum! I love these. You're going to love them! Have fun baking. :)

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Sounds great! I like all the spices you used. I think I will try the sweet potatoes!

    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Great! We discovered that by cutting the potatoes into small chunks and spreading them out on the cookie sheet before baking, they all come out crunchy for us. :) Good luck!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      4 years ago

      Looks delicious, I'm going to have to give it a try. We don't eat a lot of french fries, but when we do they are baked. But I find my results are hit or miss-- sometimes they're nice & crisp, sometimes soggy. I will give this a go to see if I get some more consistent results. Nice work.

    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      I'm so glad! I hope to get going again once I feel better. :) I absolutely love cooking!

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      Suzette Walker 

      4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Great potato recipe and I agree, but better than frying them. Thanks for sharing your cooking ideas with us. I enjoy all the recipes.

    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Thanks! This is one of those recipes we make quite a lot around here. :)

      Thank you for your thoughtful comment!

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      Musu Bangura 

      4 years ago from Nation's Capital

      I love potatoes and this is a great recipe. I'm pinning and voting up!

    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Thanks! It's hard to go wrong with this recipe! :)

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      Victoria Lynn 

      4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I think that experimenting with the spices is fun! I agree with DebNeyens that mayo is good with fries. I've tried it a few times. But my favorite is ketchup! I looooooove ketchup! Great recipe!

    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Thanks! There's something to be said for traditional French fries as well. I'm so glad you liked the recipe. Thanks for your comments!

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      vespawoolf 

      4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I agree that baked fries are healthier and much less messy than traditional fried potato fries. Foil is a great idea for easy clean up, too. Thanks for this recipe!

    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      I would never have thought to dip fries in mayo. Thanks for the great tip! :)

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      Deborah Neyens 

      4 years ago from Iowa

      I love fries. In fact, in college I used to work at a place called Fries BBQ & Grill, which is where I figured out, after much experimentation, that the best dipping sauce for fries is mayonnaise (the real stuff). I like the sound of your recipe. I will give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Thank YOU for stopping by and commenting! I always love hearing what you have to say!

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      Susan 

      4 years ago from India

      Amazing Recipe VVanNess. Thanks for sharing.

    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Oh, you're going to love them Alicia. I know my husband and I do. He asks me for them frequently! Lol

      Thank you both for the wonderful comments!

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love baked French fries with herbs. Thanks for the instructions and the list of herbs. I haven't tried some of the herbs with fries before. I'll be remedying that situation in the very near future!

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      Handicapped Chef 

      4 years ago from Radcliff Ky

      I love the recipe must try i soon

    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Thanks Billy! I totally agree!

      I'm so glad you enjoyed them Carb Diva!

      Thank you both so much for the comments. :)

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      Linda Lum 

      4 years ago from Washington State, USA

      I love the idea of fries without frying. Looking forward to making these for my family. Thanks for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Your family seems to eat just like I do; I'd fit in well there. :)

    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Nice! They sure are! Enjoy!

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      ologsinquito 

      4 years ago from USA

      This is how I prepared my potatoes tonight. They were delicious.

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