I love French fries, so when I discovered a healthy alternative in oven fries, I was over the moon. I have oven fries on the menu a few times a week because they’re cost effective, healthy, fuss-free eating, and they add a little bit of party atmosphere to meals. How can you not be having a good time when you’re eating a basket of fries?
Oven fries are like a blank canvas for playing around with seasonings and flavor combinations, and they don’t have to be complex or include salt to be excellent. One of my favorites is very simple: smoked paprika and lots of it, with a few pinches of other seasonings to add a little depth to the flavor. Slightly sweet, smoky, crisp, golden oven fried goodness goes with just about anything.
Smoked Paprika Oven Fries
makes about 4 cups of fries
4 medium baking potatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon brown sugar
a few pinches of your favorite salt-free seasonings (I use some Mrs. Dash® Table Blend, black pepper and garlic powder)
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1. Preheat the oven to 425°. Scrub the potatoes and cut them into fries, about 1/2″ thick. Dump them into a strainer and rinse them off, then pat dry with paper towels.
2. Combine the oil, sugar and seasonings in a large mixing bowl. Add the potatoes, mixing and folding with your hands until all are well coated with oil and seasonings.
3. Coat two baking sheets with nonstick spray. Arrange the potatoes in single layers on the sheets. Place them on the top and bottom racks of the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes.
4. Take the potatoes out of the oven, use a spatula to loosen and turn them over, then return them to the oven, switching rack positions. Bake for another 10-12 minutes.
Change things up by substituting sweet potatoes for baking potatoes.
Per 219g serving: 183 calories; 3.9g fat (.6g sat); 0mg cholesterol; 13mg sodium; 34.8g carbohydrates; 3.7g protein