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Oven Fries

February 18, 2011

1  1/4 pounds baking potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 ” strips

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. sugar

4 tsp. oil

1 tsp. paprika

Preheat oven to 450*; spray a nonstick baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, 1/4 tsp. of the salt and the sugar with cold water to cover.  Soak 15 minutes; drain, lay out on paper towels and blot dry.

After wiping the bowl dry, put the potatoes back in the bowl, toss with the oil and paprika. 

Place in a single layer on the baking sheet.  Bake, turning the potatoes over as they brown, until cooked through and crisp, about 45 minutes.  Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 tsp. of salt or seasoned salt.

Makes 4 servings  

FYI:  Soaking the potatoes in the salt-sugar solution draws out some of their water.  This way they brown in the oven rather than steam.  Since the potatoes don’t get crisped by frying, this extra step helps a lot.




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