I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t be more excited that the weather around here is finally changing to be more consistently warm. Mother Nature has been playing with our emotions for the past few months but now that the chill is finally gone, this can only mean one thing: it’s time to start grilling!
Now if I’m being completely honest, we’ve been grilling for a while, and by we, I mean J. What can I say? He’s a sucker for grill marks! So in our home, while J manages the grill, I take care of the sides. I have a variety of sides that I cycle through, but one of the most popular sides with my family is Oven Fries, or as A would say “Fries!!!!!” (and yes, there are exactly five exclamation points when she says it- to say she loves them is an understatement).
This recipe actually came about because one night we made a last minute decision to make burgers and it wasn’t until I was unpacking the items I had just picked up from the store that I realized I had forgotten to pick up the tater tots I had planned to serve with our burgers! Sure I had rice and pasta hanging out in the pantry, but you guys, how could I possibly serve burgers without some form of crispy and delicious potatoes? Blasphemy!
So I grabbed some potatoes that were also hanging out in a cool, dark place (kitchen tip: potatoes should always be kept in a cool, dark place but not with onions) and got to it. I knew that if these fries were going to stick out as something different than a basic roasted potato, I would have to make them nice and crispy. So I jacked the oven temp up to 450 degrees, cut the potatoes to size and tossed them with olive oil and seasoning salt. Easy-peasy and an hour later we were enjoying our burgers with the crispiest, most delicious oven fries I’ve ever made.
Now in addition to the high temperature, the key to this recipe’s success is making sure your potatoes are all cut to be around the same size for even cooking. I cut them into sticks that were about 1/2 inch thick. You can make them thinner or thicker based on your preference, just make sure you adjust the cooking times accordingly and keep an eye on them. You can also get as creative as you’d like with seasonings. I kept it simple with seasoning salt but go crazy, and please let me know what interesting seasonings you opt for!
Some of my other recipes that pair so well with these Oven Fries are below. Click on the photo to get the recipe:
7 minPrep Time
55 minCook Time
1 hr, 2 Total Time
- Potatoes, cut into sticks about 1/2 inch in width (I used 5-6 good size potatoes but you can always do more or less)
- Olive oil
- Seasoning salt
- Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Line your pan with foil and spray it with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, lightly drizzle your potatoes with olive oil and season to taste with seasoning salt (I was pretty liberal with it).
- Pour the potatoes into a single layer on your pan.
- Bake for 25 minutes and then flip the potatoes.
- Bake for 20-30 more minutes (depending on your oven- check them at 20 and go from there) until the potatoes are a nice golden brown and crispy. These are best served immediately.
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