For many years we have enjoyed Oven Fried Potatoes. They’re easy to make and are great with grilled or roasted meats.
As much as we like the Oven Fried Potatoes, I wanted to make Oven Fries that were more like traditional French Fries. I remembered the recipe for Skinny “French Fries” in an old cookbook I have, The New American Diet. I made a few minor changes and was quite pleased with the results.
The Oven Fries turned out much better than I expected! They truly are very much like “real” French fries! I made a very small batch and gave most of them to Bob. I won’t be making that mistake again!
(Adapted from a recipe in The New American Diet, by Drs. Sonja and William Connor)
(Just use more potatoes for more servings. No need to add more oil; 1 tablespoon is plenty.)
1 small Russet potato (about 6 ounces), peeled and cut into thin French fries
1 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning
1 tablespoon oil
1. Preheat the oven to 425˚.
2. Put the potatoes in a bowl. Cover with water and stir in the teaspoon of salt. Let them soak for about 15 minutes.
3. Drain the potatoes and dry them with paper towels. You want to remove as much of the water as you can.
4. Spread the oil on a rimmed baking sheet.
5. Put the potatoes on the baking sheet and toss them a bit with your hands to cover them with some of the oil.
6. Roast for about 30 minutes.
7. With a spatula, gently turn the potatoes over. Roast for an additional 10 minutes or so, until they are done they way you like them.
8. Sprinkle with salt to taste and serve!