You’re In A No-Fry Zone…Oven-Baked, Parmesan Fries

Oven-Baked Fries

The potato gets a bum rap. In the colorful world of vibrant green, red, orange and yellow vegetables the potato is like a poor, little hobo. All dirty and dusty, drab in color, with pock marks all over him. But oh, the glorious things you can do with a potato. I would have to say he gets the vote as my favorite vegetable. You can mash him, fry him, bake, roast or scallop him. He can be stuffed, made into a chip or even a salad. He’s a versatile little fellow.

Such a humble vegetable…but so good

But mama loves her fries. There, I’ve said it, I’m coming clean. French fried potatoes are my absolute favorite food. That being said, I don’t find cooking anything in a vat of oil all that appetizing. So, when I’m at home I like to make my fries in the oven, and they’re ┬ájust as good. No, actually better. These are lightly tossed with some olive oil, parsley, coarse salt, fresh black pepper and a pinch of red pepper flakes, and then topped off with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. For me they’re a meal in itself!

Baked Parmesan Fries

3-4 medium russet potatoes

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, minced fine

3/4 teaspoon coarse salt

1/2 teaspoon fresh, ground pepper

pinch red pepper flakes

freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Recipe

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F, and spray baking sheet with cooking spray.

2. Peel 3-4 russet potatoes. Cut in half length-wise then cut each half length-wise into 4 slices, trying to have all slices the same thickness. Put potato slices in a bowl of cold water so they don’t turn brown while your preparing them.

3. Drain potatoes, and pat dry with a paper towel. Put potatoes in large bowl and toss with the olive oil, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes to coat each fry. Spread out onto a metal baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 38-42 minutes until golden brown and crispy.

4. Using a metal spatula, gently remove fries from baking sheet and toss in a shallow bowl with parsley and grated Parmesan cheese generously over the fries.

Serves 4 (or 2 in my house)

Oven-baked Parmesan Fries