March 6, 2013 by Sarah
There’s a story behind why I’m making my own baked fries. Nope, it’s not at all because I’m trying to be healthy. I’d actually rather choose the fried version in a heartbeat. This baby in my belly is making me crave all sorts of unhealthy things like french fries, hamburgers, and pizza. Sigh. My husband doesn’t seem to mind.
The reason why I’m being all domestic and making my own fries is because Pat and I are in our second year of giving up eating out for Lent. I’m still a newbie at observing the season of Lent. It’s basically a time in the church calendar when you intentionally create more space for God, oftentimes by giving up something in which God-time can take place.
Now, I really don’t think a pregnant woman choosing to give up anything food related is a good idea. Especially with my cravings that seem to require a trip to a drive-though way too often. In fact, there were a couple times where I seriously didn’t think I could handle it. What were we thinking?!
But alas, there’s at least one good thing that has come out of this all. Home baked fries. They are easy and awesome. I had no idea you could create something so crispy and flavorful in your own oven! I’ve actually made them twice now already. And yes, they’re definitely a lot healthier than the fried variety. I guess that’s not such a bad thing.
Spiced Baked Fries, adapted from Tastefully Julie
3 russet potatoes, cut into fries (see photo)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Soak cut potatoes in water for about 30 minutes or more. This removes the starch.
While potatoes are soaking, stir together all the spices in a small bowl.
Drain water and spread potatoes onto a baking sheet, greased with a nonstick spray. Drizzle olive oil and spread spice blend over the potatoes. Mix together with your hands. It’s messy but ensures the most even coating! Spread the potatoes out in an even layer.
Bake for 20 minutes. Flip the fries, increase the temperature to 450 and bake another 10 minutes. Flip the fries, and bake for a final 10 minutes. Keep your eye on them during this final stretch of baking and take them out if they’re starting to get burnt.
They’re done when they’re nice and crisp!
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