Thursday, January 31, 2008

Superbowl Munchies : Healthy, Tasty Oven Fries

Superbowl Munchies : Healthy, Tasty Oven Fries

Whether you are Tom Brady or just a football fan like me, you probably enjoy the taste of French Fries. But let's face it, fries are a pain to make and they are not good for you.

This treat gives you the taste of spicy fries without the hassle of frying, the fat calories of fried food, and best of all; less mess to clean up. It goes great with a beer when enjoying a game with the great New England Patriots, the exciting Detroit Pistons, or even the New York Giants. Heck, I think even a Laker fan can enjoy these fries.

My huge teenager likes some of the potatoes sprinkled with sharp white cheddar cheese for extra zing.

You can also make variations on this dish by using herbs like rosemary or parsley.


  • 1/4 Cup light olive oil
  • 1 tsp Chopped Garlic
  • 1/4 tsp Hot Hungarian Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Coarse Sea Salt
  • 4 Medium Size Yukon Gold Potatoes

  1. Thoroughly mix the oil, garlic, paprika and salt in a bowl. Let stand 5 minutes.
  2. Slice the Potatoes into quarter inch slices. If you prefer, they may be cut into French Fry shapes, but that is more work.
  3. Lightly salt the potatoes (salt is optional) and leave out for 10 minutes to bleed out some of the water.
  4. Blot dry the potatoes with a paper towel.
  5. Lay potatoes on a wire rack over a cookie sheet.
  6. Brush the potatoes on the both sides with the oil mixture
  7. Bake in a 400o oven for 30 minutes. A convection oven works great for this and adds to the crispiness. No need to flip them; the wire rack lets them cook on both sides !
  8. Optionally, in the last 5 minutes of baking, sprinkle some shredded sharp cheddar cheese on some of the potatoes.

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