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Easy Peasy Homemade Oven Baked Potatoes

Victoria is a stay-at-home mom, author, educator, and blogger at Healthy at Home. She currently lives in Colorado with her family.

Easy Peasy Homemade Baked French Fries

Easy Peasy Homemade Baked French Fries

French fries are pretty much a serious staple food item for all Americans.

I don't know many people, at least in this country, that doesn't like french fries.

But one of the worst parts about them is that you either have to go and get them from a fast food restaurant, or you have to fry them yourself.

And the frying part alone is messy and a lot less healthy than many of us are trying to be.

There's no reason that you can't have all the fries you wanted, seasoned and everything, whenever you'd like.

Potatoes are super cheap to purchase from the grocery store in large bags, and even easier to clean and bake quickly. You can use any seasonings you'd like and voila!

To be even healthier, give red potatoes a shot, or even some delicious sweet potatoes. I just went and bought some myself! Yummy!

Let's get baking. I'm getting hungry!

Step One: Line and spray a cookie sheet

Step One: Line and spray a cookie sheet

Step Two: Rinse and scrub each of your potatoes thoroughly

Step Two: Rinse and scrub each of your potatoes thoroughly

Step Three: Set out your potatoes on a cutting board with a large knife

Step Three: Set out your potatoes on a cutting board with a large knife

Step Four: Chop your potatoes into small chunks

Step Four: Chop your potatoes into small chunks

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

20 min

30 min

Serves about 4 people 1 cup of fries

Ingredients

  • 4 large baking potatoes, (this would also be good with sweet potatoes)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon sage
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • 1 tablespoon basil
  • 1 tablespoon savory
  • 1 tablespoon marjoram
  • 1 tablespoon dill weed
  • 1 tablespoon chopped bay leaves
  • (optional) whatever appropriate spices you have on hand

Instructions

  1. I would start by lining a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spraying it generously with cooking spray.
  2. Set your oven temperature to 400 degrees F.
  3. Choose about four large baking potatoes, and wash, scrub and rinse them well in the sink under water.
  4. Transfer them over to your cutting board.
  5. Chop each of them well into small square pieces so that they cook quickly.
  6. Once chopped, transfer all of your chopped potato pieces into a large mixing bowl.
  7. Add your olive oil and mix your potatoes well to coat them.
  8. You'll need this so your seasonings have something to stick to. I've tried it without the oil and I couldn't get them seasoned.
  9. Next, choose all of the seasonings you are going to use.
  10. You'll see that I chose oregano, sage, thyme, basil, savory, marjoram, dill weed, and chopped bay leaves. I also normally use rosemary, but I didn't have any on hand at the time of this recipe.
  11. Add about a tablespoon of each of your seasonings, a little more of any particular one if you wish, to your potato pieces.
  12. Mix well. If your potatoes need more, add a little bit more from each one, or of your favorites.
  13. Pour your seasoned potato pieces onto your prepared cookie sheet.
  14. Spread them all out evenly.
  15. Pop them in the oven for about 20 minutes. This may change per your altitude and particular climate. Just test them after 20 minutes to see if they are ready and go from there.
  16. Dip into ketchup and enjoy!!
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Personal Review

These are just as easy to make as my Easy Peasy Homemade Garlic Croutons, but much more filling.

Of course, you could peel the skins off if you'd like to, depending on the specific preferences of your family, or even cut your potatoes into rounds or strips before seasoning and baking.

If you're really talented, you could probably even cut them into curls, like Jack in the Box offers.

Whatever way you decide to cut these, they are just as easy and delicious, as long as you cut them thin so they can cook all the way through quickly.

I even use different spices each time. Really, I just try and pull out all of my green spices that sound like they would go well on my fries.

If you chose to use cumin for seasoning, or garlic, or even use an Italian blend, you could really get creative and make some healthy baked French fries that your family would love.

Be creative and have fun with it!!

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Comments

Victoria Van Ness (author) from Fountain, CO on June 21, 2014:

Don't be scared to mix up your seasonings and get creative. Your fries can be a little different every time. :)

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on June 20, 2014:

This sounds really good; I will have to try it; thank you!

Victoria Van Ness (author) from Fountain, CO on June 07, 2014:

Thanks! Good luck!

Shasta Matova from USA on June 07, 2014:

That looks really good. I am going to be baking some potatoes tonight.

Victoria Van Ness (author) from Fountain, CO on June 07, 2014:

Yum! I love these. You're going to love them! Have fun baking. :)

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on June 07, 2014:

Sounds great! I like all the spices you used. I think I will try the sweet potatoes!

Victoria Van Ness (author) from Fountain, CO on April 15, 2014:

Great! We discovered that by cutting the potatoes into small chunks and spreading them out on the cookie sheet before baking, they all come out crunchy for us. :) Good luck!

Mackenzie Sage Wright on April 15, 2014:

Looks delicious, I'm going to have to give it a try. We don't eat a lot of french fries, but when we do they are baked. But I find my results are hit or miss-- sometimes they're nice & crisp, sometimes soggy. I will give this a go to see if I get some more consistent results. Nice work.

Victoria Van Ness (author) from Fountain, CO on March 11, 2014:

I'm so glad! I hope to get going again once I feel better. :) I absolutely love cooking!

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on March 11, 2014:

Great potato recipe and I agree, but better than frying them. Thanks for sharing your cooking ideas with us. I enjoy all the recipes.

Victoria Van Ness (author) from Fountain, CO on March 04, 2014:

Thanks! This is one of those recipes we make quite a lot around here. :)

Thank you for your thoughtful comment!

Musu Bangura from Nation's Capital on March 04, 2014:

I love potatoes and this is a great recipe. I'm pinning and voting up!

Victoria Van Ness (author) from Fountain, CO on February 28, 2014:

Thanks! It's hard to go wrong with this recipe! :)

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on February 28, 2014:

I think that experimenting with the spices is fun! I agree with DebNeyens that mayo is good with fries. I've tried it a few times. But my favorite is ketchup! I looooooove ketchup! Great recipe!

Victoria Van Ness (author) from Fountain, CO on February 27, 2014:

Thanks! There's something to be said for traditional French fries as well. I'm so glad you liked the recipe. Thanks for your comments!

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on February 27, 2014:

I agree that baked fries are healthier and much less messy than traditional fried potato fries. Foil is a great idea for easy clean up, too. Thanks for this recipe!

Victoria Van Ness (author) from Fountain, CO on February 27, 2014:

I would never have thought to dip fries in mayo. Thanks for the great tip! :)

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on February 27, 2014:

I love fries. In fact, in college I used to work at a place called Fries BBQ & Grill, which is where I figured out, after much experimentation, that the best dipping sauce for fries is mayonnaise (the real stuff). I like the sound of your recipe. I will give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

Victoria Van Ness (author) from Fountain, CO on February 26, 2014:

Thank YOU for stopping by and commenting! I always love hearing what you have to say!

Susan from India on February 26, 2014:

Amazing Recipe VVanNess. Thanks for sharing.

Victoria Van Ness (author) from Fountain, CO on February 25, 2014:

Oh, you're going to love them Alicia. I know my husband and I do. He asks me for them frequently! Lol

Thank you both for the wonderful comments!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on February 25, 2014:

I love baked French fries with herbs. Thanks for the instructions and the list of herbs. I haven't tried some of the herbs with fries before. I'll be remedying that situation in the very near future!

Handicapped Chef from Radcliff Ky on February 25, 2014:

I love the recipe must try i soon

Victoria Van Ness (author) from Fountain, CO on February 24, 2014:

Thanks Billy! I totally agree!

I'm so glad you enjoyed them Carb Diva!

Thank you both so much for the comments. :)

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on February 24, 2014:

I love the idea of fries without frying. Looking forward to making these for my family. Thanks for sharing.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 24, 2014:

Your family seems to eat just like I do; I'd fit in well there. :)

Victoria Van Ness (author) from Fountain, CO on February 24, 2014:

Nice! They sure are! Enjoy!

ologsinquito from USA on February 24, 2014:

This is how I prepared my potatoes tonight. They were delicious.

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