Who doesn’t love french fries? Crazy people that’s who.
So if you are a crazy person just stop reading right now. Then go and find yourself some medication. Come back once you are sane. Trust me, you will want to.
I have to confess right here that I had never made french fries from scratch before this. The thought of slicing up all of the potatoes seemed like way too much work when I could just open up a bag of already seasoned fries and dump it out onto my baking sheet. But a couple weeks ago I was making dinner and thought, ‘Oh what the heck, let me try.’
My kids love the spicy potato wedges that we sometimes buy from the deli. I rarely buy them because they charge a fortune and they are fried. I wasn’t sure that I could replicate the recipe without deep frying them, but this recipe is a very close approximation. Most importantly my kids devoured them. I have now made them several times and have become one of those women who buys a huge bag of potatoes at the grocery store.
You will need:
Idaho potatoes, you know those brown ones
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp onion powder
This will coat 2-3 potatoes, so adjust accordingly.
Peel and slice up your potatoes. I cut mine into wedges, but you can slice yours however your little heart desires.
Mix all the spices and oil into a bowl or ziploc bag. Dump the sliced potatoes in and stir to coat well.
Put the potatoes in a single layer on your baking sheet.
Bake at 400 for 30 minutes, turning once. Again, cooking is not an exact science. Check your potatoes. The thickness of your slices as well as the variations from oven to oven affect cooking times.
If you like them crunchy on the outside (Yes, please!) turn the oven up to BROIL and cook the potatoes for an additional couple minutes on each side.
If you want to sound all fancy when you are serving them to your family call them pommes frites . Also, it will impress your friends and neighbors, because surely something called pommes frites can not be made so simply and no one will be mistaken and think Ore-Ida did the work for you. Those French just know how to make everything sound better.