I’ve shouted it from the rooftops before, but any kind of potato falls in my most favorite foods category.
Yes, my friends often laugh because I order french fries every time we go out. I’m a connoisseur, you could say, and if an establishment doesn’t have great fries, I may not return.
Yes, I may be alone on this but because of that, I make a lot of potatoes at home and love some great home fries, especially healthy ones because then I can eat to my heart’s content.
What’s not to love? Potatoes, cooked crispy on the outside and steamy soft on the inside without needing to fry them in oil? The choice of herbs and spices you can put on them is endless, and every option a tasty one.
Well, to be honest, most of the time I’ve been less than pleased with how my home fries have turned out. Don’t get me wrong, they’re always good, but to me at least, they’ve never been great. Until recently, that is.
What made the difference? It’s all about the potato. I don’t know why, but I’d never attempted home fries with Yukon Gold (butter gold) potatoes before. Now that I have, I’m not sure I’ll ever try to make home fries with anything else.
The only thing that takes any time is the slicing of the potato. You may have a fancy gadget that does the trimming for you, but if you don’t, trim the potatoes by cutting off the ends (not by much), then squaring off the potato by slicing a bit off of each remaining side. You’ll be left with a somewhat rectangular cut potato, but with some skin still showing here and there.
Then, make two or three cuts down through the potato at about 1/2 to 2/3 inch intervals. Next, turn the potato, and make similar cuts through it again. This yields even fry shapes which will bake evenly.
Now, while you are at the whole healthy thing, don’t forget to make up some of my Easy, Homemade Ketchup to go with these fries.
You may never go back to the real thing.
Look at these. Aren’t they gorgeous?
Enjoy. I know we do.
And while we’re on the topic of favorite foods? My Make Ahead Gourmet Mashed Potatoes are a staple year round.
Recipe: Healthy Homemade Fries
Summary: What’s not to love with these healthy, homemade fries? Crisp on the outside, soft and steamy on the inside.
- 3-5 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes (butter golds), trimmed and cut into fries
- 2-3 T olive oil
- garlic powder
- kosher salt or seasoning salt
- canola oil spray
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- Wash the potatoes and dry.
- Slice to desired thickness.
- Place the fries in a large mixing bowl and drizzle with two or three tablespoons of olive oil. Don’t use too much, just enough to thoroughly coat the fries when tossed.
- Season the fries with garlic power, paprika, and salt to taste.
- Toss to thoroughly coat all the fries with your spices.
- Spray a baking or cookie sheet with canola oil spray, and place your fries on a single layer across it.
- Place the potatoes in a 425°F oven. If using two sheets, place on in a middle rack, and the other in a lower rack. Bake for 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes, remove from oven, and use a spatula to turn the fries. If using two sheets, when you return the sheets to the oven, rotate their positions.
- Bake for at least another 20 minutes.
- Check for desired doneness. Yes, this means you’ll likely have to taste a few of them. If they’re not done to your desired crispness, return to the oven and continue baking in five minute increments until done.
Preparation time: 5 minute(s)
Cooking time: 45 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 6