Here’s to making French Fries that are actually good for you! It’s finals time around here which means that everyone has an excuse to eat as much unhealthy food as they like under the guise of stress. In reality, finals should be a time to eat extra healthy since your body is already under strain and could use some TLC. I understand that everyone gets the craving for junk food, I did too when I recently realized that I was dying to eat French Fries. Instead of running to the nearest fast food chain, I decided to make them myself! This recipe bakes them with a bit of oil and a lot of seasoning instead of deep-frying. The results are just as satisfying and much better for you. Plus, the recipe is super easy and has no threat of starting a house fire on your stove.
Healthy Homemade French Fries
Time: 30 minutes Serves: 2
- 2 potatoes
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp herbs de Provence to taste
- 1 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper
- I’ve made these with both regular white potatoes as well as yams (sweet potatoes), both are delicious
- If you don’t have herbs de Provence you can use regular salt and pepper or any other seasoning you like
Preheat oven to 450 degrees and make sure the top rack is on the second highest position in the oven. Wash your potatoes well, making sure to scrub the skin completely clean. If you like you can peel them but I like to make them with the skin on (but only if they are organic!!!!!).
Slice your potato lengthwise into long disks. Take each and cut into thin strips (the shape of a French fry you would get at any restaurant). Place into a bowl. Cover them with cold water and a dash of salt. Let sit for 10 minutes. Putter around your kitchen in the meantime.
After 10 minutes rise the potatoes. Drain all the water and place onto a towel (cloth or paper). Pat dry.
Dry out your bowl and put the potatoes back in. Add the olive oil and mix well. Add your seasoning and continue to mix until all the fries are well coated.
Place foil on a baking sheet and spread out the french fries. Place into the oven and let cook for about 15 minutes. Once they get soft (test by seeing if you can place a fork through them) flip them gently with a spatula. Let them cook for a few minutes until just starting to brown (do not burn!) Flip them over again and cook until the other side starts to brown.
Enjoy with ketchup (or Tabasco spicy ketchup!) on the side!