Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Do-it-yourself junk food: Seasoned French Fries

According to my food geru, Michael Pollan, you can eat all the junk food you want as long as you make it yourself.

The theory behind this bold statement is this:

1. If you are making it yourself, that means from scratch. That means it is made from natural ingredients (you know, with things you can pronounce) which means it is going to be more healthy for you. And that means it isn’t really junk.

2. If you are making your own “junk food” it is going to be more labor intensive than just opening a box or a wrapper. Therefore you probably aren’t going to be eating these yummy treats all the time. So it is all good.

One of our very favorite homemade junk foods are these seasoned fries. These are pretty simple to make, especially if you have a french fry cutter and a highly motivated 15 year old boy to help you get the job done.

In fact, these are so easy, we might make them a little too often.

Seasoned Oven Fried Potatoes

6 large potatoes, washed and cut into strips

Set in a bowl of cold water until ready to use

Combine and pour into gallon ziploc bag or bowl:

1/4 cup olive oil

2 T grated parmesan cheese

1 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp pepper

Drain the potatoes if you put them in water. Next pour the strips into the bag or bowl and coat potatoes well with oil mixture.

Spread the potatoes in a single layer on a lightly greased baking sheet. Cook in a preheated 425 oven for about 20-30 minutes, turning over once.

This makes enough fries to fill up one baking sheet. With our large family, we usually double this recipe and make two sheets. Our favorite potatoes to use are red potatoes. Choose your favorite and try not to eat too many!


  1. Jessica
    Posted June 1, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Is the whole pan too many? You know how I feel about french fries. :) When we tried to make sweet potato fries at home, they didn’t turn out too well. Maybe it is time to try again.

  2. Rachel
    Posted June 2, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    These sound delicious. We will have to try these.

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