Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Yield: Serves 4
- 2 large baking potatoes, peeled and cut into 12 wedges
- 2 tablespoons olive or vegatable oil
- Coarse salt to taste
2. Place the potato wedges on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with oil and toss well until lightly coated. Arrange the potatoes in a single layer.
3. Bake for 25 minutes or until the tops of the potato sticks are golden. Remove the pan from the oven. Turn the potatoes over with a spatula. Return to oven and bake for 5 to 10 minutes more, or until golden and crisp. (Watch carefully, the potatoes may bake unevenly.)
4. Remove the potatoes from the oven, toss with salt to taste, and serve right away.
Recipe Notes• For thinner, crispier fries, cut each potato into 16 wedges. Bake at 400°F for 45 to 50 minutes, turning once.
• To make Herb Steak Fries, toss the oil-coated potatoes with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram, 1/4 teaspoon rosemary, and 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper before baking.
• To make Spicy Steak Fries, toss the oil coated potatoes with 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder, 1 teaspoon paprika, and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder.
• To make Cheese Steak Fries, toss the oil coated potatoes with 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, and 1/4 teaspoon paprika.
Potato Tips• When buying potatoes, choose fairly clean, smooth, firm potatoes. For even cooking, pick potatoes that are about the same size. Select regular shapes to save on waste in peeling. Do not select wilted potatoes or those with wrinkled skins, soft dark spots, cut surfaces, or green areas. Green spots means exposure to light; cut the spot off before cooking to eliminate bitterness.
• Potatoes are more fragile than you might think, so handle them carefully to prevent bruising. Keep them in a cool, dark, well-ventilated place. If stored in a place that is too hot, the sugar will convert to starch and the potatoes will lose their natural sweetness.